Exclusive: Married actresses are often typecast into ‘women-centric’ roles, I aspire to embrace a diverse range of characters: Amulya

Kannada actor Amulya who started as a child artist, made her debut as a heroine in ‘Cheluvina Chittara’ released in 2007.

ByShashiprasad S M

Published Jan 16, 2024 | 6:43 PMUpdatedJan 16, 2024 | 6:43 PM

Actor Amulya

Amulya was eight years old when she made her debut as a child artist in Parva (2002), directed by noted Kannada filmmaker Sunil Kumar Desai, with Kannada thespian Dr Vishnuvardhan in the lead role.

Later, actor Amulya was seen in the Kiccha Sudeep-starrer Chandu in 2002. Further, she acted in numerous films until she debuted in a lead role for Cheluvina Chittara (2007), earning her instant stardom for her stellar performance alongside Golden Star Ganesh.

Directed by S Narayan, the film, which is a remake of the Tamil film Kadhal (2004), was one of the highest-grossing Kannada films of the year.

In an exclusive interview with South First, Amulya talks about her love for films and her comeback plans.

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Listening to scripts

Amulya with her children Atharv and Adhaav

Amulya with her children. (Supplied)

Amulya, who was last seen in Maasthi Gudi (2017) and in a cameo appearance for Mugulu Nage (2017) before tying the knot, is all set to return to the silver screen.

“Even before I started realising things, I had already acted in quite a few projects as a child actor. I had a great learning experience while working with legendary actors and directors, including Vishnuvardhan sir, Kiccha Sudeep sir, and Darshan sir,” says Amulya.

The mother of two children — Atharv and Adhaav — further adds that when she started as a lead actor, she would anxiously wait to hear what film critics had to say about her performance.

Organ donation

Before speaking to South First, Amulya had unveiled the trophy and nominations for the Fifth Chandanavana Film Critics Award on Tuesday, 16 January, in Bengaluru.

Amulya unveiling the Fifth Chandanavana Film Critics Award trophy

Amulya unveiling the Fifth Chandanavana Film Critics Award trophy. (Supplied)

The award event, which is organised by a group of senior Kannada film journalists, has, on this occasion, taken up the social cause of creating awareness about organ donations in association with the Karnataka State Health Department.

“I thought only a few organs could be donated but did not know that at least eight organs could be donated after one’s death? I hope with the state government and organisers such as the Chandanava Film Critics Awards creating awareness, more and more people will come forward to register themselves on the state government website ‘Jeevasarthakathe’ to pledge their organs,” the actor says.

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Best performances

The turning point in Amulya’s career was with the release of the critically acclaimed film Naanu Nanna Kanasu in 2010, directed by Prakash Rai. It not only showcased her acting prowess but also garnered widespread recognition, establishing Amulya as a talent to be reckoned with in the Kannada film industry.

A candid picture of Amulya

A candid picture of Amulya. (Supplied)

Her ability to convey emotions and forge a deep connection with the audience is widely appreciated, especially by her fans.

Films such as Shravani Subramanya, (2013) for which she won a Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Gajakesari (2014) and Krishna Rukku (2016) and a few other films have exemplified her expansive range as an actor.

Her last venture in a lead role was Maasthi Gudi alongside Duniya Vijay, directed by Nagshekar. Tragically, it was during the shoot of this film that actors Anil Kumar and Uday lost their lives when they drowned during the filming of the climax, where they took a 60-feet plunge from a chopper.

The rescue motorboat, meant to retrieve the actors from the water, failed to start, leading to the unfortunate and immediate drowning of both actors.

She then did a cameo appearance in Mugulu Nage before eventually taking a sabbatical from acting after tying the knot.

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Nothing but cinema

Amulya with Kichcha Sudeep and Jagdish

Amulya with Kichcha Sudeep and her husband. (Supplied)

Amulya expresses her desire to avoid being exclusively pigeonholed into “women-centric” roles, emphasising that her current marital status and role as a mother of two should not limit the diversity of roles offered to her.

“I have been listening to a few scripts. However, married actresses are often typecast into ‘women-centric’ roles, but I aspire to embrace a diverse range of characters,” she feels.

She adds, “I know nothing but cinema. All I have done in my film is to act, and I cannot think of anything beyond cinema like doing some kind of business. I intend to keep doing something around the film industry till my last breath.”

The Cheluvina Chittara actor shares that she is open to doing all kinds of roles, including exclusive projects for OTT platforms.

“It is not just the comeback project that I’m planning but to take up a wide range of projects in the coming days. I cannot wait to return to acting,” the actor concludes.