Between academics and the spotlight

Between academics and the spotlight


Most MBA students don’t have time for anything other than academics, internships and projects. But Kavya, or Naksha Shetty as she is popularly known as, is an exception. She is not just good at studies but is also into modelling and even has a popular Kannada film to her credit. 

The student of MBA from MS Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce, who hails from Mangalore, was seen in the film Madarangi last year. Recalling her journey in the glamour world, she says that she joined the fashion team of the college right from start.

“The college gave me a chance as soon as I joined,” she informs. “After doing a number of shows, I got a call from a choreographer who gave me the opportunity to take part in a professional fashion show. Slowly, I built my contacts, got more offers and movies happened!” She adds, “I just gave the auditions for Madarangi and before I knew, I was selected for the role.” 

The pretty actress admits that she was a complete fresher on the sets of Madarangi. “Though I was very new and didn’t know anything about acting, the team was lovely and extremely supportive. I went for a few workshops before shooting the film and thankfully, everything went well. In fact my song ‘Darling Darling’ became a big hit,” she exclaims. 

Now, Naksha is polishing her skills before she signs her next film. “I am looking for good scripts but am also concentrating on grooming myself. I have been watching a lot of movies to improve my acting skills too,” she notes. 

Naksha loves romantic films of all languages. “I also like award-winning films. I prefer it over commercial films,” she adds. Ask her to name a recent film that touched her heart and she answers, “Ulidavaru Kandange. It was very Mangalorean in style and had a nice concept. I loved the language used in the film and would have loved to do it.” 

She acknowledges the support of her friends and teachers. “I have received so much of support from my classmates and teachers. They are all proud of me,” she notes. Ask her if she finds it tough to balance acting and modelling with studies and she says, “Not at all. I love studying and when I need to study, I do.” 

Naksha aims at doing more Telugu and Tamil films. She might even work for a while and then go abroad to pursue her Ph.D. “Acting happened by chance. I hadn’t decided to be here. I just landed here! But now, I am really looking forward to my career,” she sums up.  

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