Bangalore, May 22: Shuba Punja, a Mangalorean studied in Bishop Cotton School in Bangalore, first appeared in Machi, the Tamil film opposite Dushyanth, grandson of Late 'Sivaji' Ganesan. She was Miss Chennai 2003. She began to appear in jewellery ads. Shuba Punja is currently acting in Thirudiya Idhayathai with Rohan Salian and Shanmugha with Richard. Thirudiyae Idhayathai is a Madhuban Productions, Rohanís home company and his mother Salian is the producer.
Shuba has now entered Kannada movie industry with debutant N.M. Niranjan's Jackpot directed for Santosh Enterprises. Jackpot a comic entertainer, about four sales boys and two girls, has Dhyan as the hero. She has signed two more Tamil films. P.K.H.Das is the cameraman; Dinesh Mangaloor does the art direction
Beauties like, Suba Punja, Aparna have found their way to Tamil Cinema through the company called 'Team creations'. This organization used to conduct Beauty Contests and find new faces to the Modeling world and Film world.
They had conducted one such show named 'Top Model 2004'. Shuba Punja had participated and had selected the models in this show, the fact that, she herself had been selected from a similar show is worth mentioning here. The great grand show was held at Mayajal complex.
In this Top Model contest, usual catwalk and other related competitions were held. At the end of the day Rithi was selected as Miss Chennai Top Model 2004. Shuba Punja honored her by bestowing the title. Jai Aakash gave away prizes to other participants and congratulated them.
Shuba Punja, while talking in the function said that, "I had come into Tamil film industry through 'Team Creations Company', and I think, Rithi will follow the same path as myself and come into the Cine field."
She speaks about her career...
Being a Kannadiga, it could have been easy to do Kannada films?
I think in South India the only place, which welcomes newcomers and gives them opportunities is Tamilnadu. Tamil films are very interesting and innovative. Now I am happy to be back in my native place. I guess recognition in one's own State matters a lot..
How did you come to films?
In fact I learnt swimming, classical dances and car driving. I did lot of stage plays to polish my acting Films has always been my passion from my schooldays. I used to take part in cultural activities in school and was never afraid of stage. Next step was modeling. I did Avita chips and Khazana Jewellery ads. At the same time I took part in a beauty contest in Chennai. I was the winner. Seeing my photos the director of Tamil film Machi approached me and rest is history.
Are you comfortable with being a glam doll?
There is no harm in doing glamour. Take the case of Sreedevi. She did lot of glamour roles, which made her popular, and yet she has shown her mettle in acting too. She is my role model. At the outset she was known as thunder thighs. Later on she was known as a performer
In Tamil, you seem to have gone in for smooch scenes..
In Shanmugha, I just brush my lips with Richard. It is not a French kiss as the media projects.
What's your role in Jackpot?
The role is more like my real self. Always bubbly and pulling pranks. So it is very easy for me.
I have eight pups and one cat. I love spending time with them.
This Punja added to your name is for films?
(laughs) No it is my fatherís name.
Compiled from IndiaGlitz/Music India
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