'Dhwani' was special'

'Dhwani' was special'
Actor Iti Acharya, who was seen in ‘Deal Raja’ and ‘Badmaash’ recently, was also noticed for her roles in movies like ‘Chatrapati’, ‘Panganama’ and ‘Guest House’. The actor, who will soon be seen in ‘Dhwani’, is all excited about her upcoming release. In a chat with Tini Sara Anien, she talks about her role and what made her choose it.

From a model to an actor, how has the journey been?
It was a big learning experience. I graduated from NIFT Bangalore and then took up modelling. I was at the audition for an advertisement where the audition for ‘Chatrapati’ was going on and I bagged the role of a modern girl in it. After that other projects followed.

How did ‘Dhwani’ come your way?
I had gone for an audition for another movie and met an old friend who advised me to do realistic roles and introduced me to the director of ‘Dhwani’. When I met the director, he told me that the movie would be like a grand comeback for me. After a lot of reconsideration and discussions, I took up the role and I am really glad that I did. Though I had only done lively roles, ‘Dhwani’ was special as it had a different role.

Tell us a bit about ‘Dhwani’.
It is about a young couple — two people from different walks of life who fall in love. While the girl is modern in attitude, the hero hails from a traditional family. After their marriage, the cultural differences create rifts between them. The girl files a dowry harassment case. The movie talks about how the rules of the country are sometimes misused. The movie is based on a real incident.

Did you have any apprehensions while taking up the role?
I always wanted to do commercial movies in Sandalwood because I felt that is what worked better here. This was very offbeat project. It took a lot of convincing from family and friends. As the world is changing, so is the taste of the audience. I have noticed that Kannada movie lovers were opening up to different stories. I had to prove that there is much more to me than just the colourful characters I played.

How challenging was your role?
It was a lot of hard work. Though I have played Jaya (my character) with utmost sincerity, it was very difficult. I am a modern girl too but I can never imagine hurting anyone so much. To be able to put in so much emotion into the scenes was a challenge.

The project has been selected for the BIFFES...
I can’t tell you how happy I am! The director didn’t tell me that it got selected for the Film Festival. Instead he just sent me a link and I didn’t know how to react when I saw the name of the movie in the list.
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