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Dancing mom

Actress Bhanupriya talks about daughter Abhinaya and her second innings in tinseldom


THESE DAYS, actress Bhanupriya is into Pogo, the TV channel for children. Listening to music, one of her favourite hobbies, is also limited to nursery rhymes. In between donning the greasepaint to play the screen mother, the mother of 21-month-old Abhinaya also finds time to draw kangaroos and show the moon to her daughter.

"It's been ages since I have listened to classical music and melodies. These days, we play only nursery rhymes at home," says the actress, holding her daughter on her lap.

Bhanupriya says she would love to see her daughter practise arts. "But, I don't want to push her into anything. If it (dance) comes naturally to her, then it is fine. However, her father would love to see her as a dancer."

Bhanupriya's husband, Adarsh Kaushal, who is an award-winning photographer based in the United States of America, also has an artistic background. While he plays the sitar, his mother Sumathi Kaushal runs a dance school in Los Angeles.

Though an arranged alliance, Bhanupriya says that she and her husband took a liking to each other because of their mutual love for the arts. "Adarsh appreciated the fact that though an actress, I am a dancer first and foremost."

But the dancer-turned-actress admits that she has "messed up as a dancer."

"I may be a good dancer, but I am at a loss when it comes to theory." Her regrets are not limited to her "incomplete grasp over dance theory."

She is candid to admit that she got the fundamentals wrong, initially, in her personal life. "Soon after my marriage, I was pushing myself to learn and adjust to a normal married life. There have been times when I have gone into a low. But Adarsh has been supportive. After the birth of Abhinaya, things have smoothened out."

The `wife' in Bhanupriya misses going out with her husband and leading a normal married life. But for a call from the South film industry, she would still have been playing the role of the traditional housewife in the US. "I felt overwhelmed by the fact that people still wanted me in the films. I feel complete as a professional now. I have learnt to balance both my personal and professional lives."

And, part of this balancing act is the condition laid out to producers and directors that she would work only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. "I want to spend quality time with my daughter. She is the most important person in my life right now," says the doe-eyed dusky beauty.

SRIREKHA PILLAI

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