I want to be my own: Drama Junior artist Mahendra

Reality shows have become a regular part of our lives. We watch reality shows on a regular basis. They have even garnered higher Television Rating Points (TRP) for the TV channels. Kannada television industry too has seen a lot of reality shows, which have changed the course of the TV industry. Starting from ‘Edhe Thumbi Haaduvenu’ to the recent ‘Big Boss’ there have been varieties of reality shows. Apart from these, a unique show is recently concluded and a Mysuru boy bagged the runner up award in it.

The reality show is ‘Drama Juniors’ and Mahendra Prasad is the Mysuru boy, who resides Gandhinagar. Studying in 7th standard, Mahendra is a multi-talented boy who can dance, paint and do clay modelling. His acting talent was unveiled in the recently concluded ‘Drama Juniors’.

Mahendra started doing plays and dramas at school since 4th standard. His teacher Usha identified his acting skills and suggested his mother to take him to the audition of Drama Juniors held at Kuvempunagar, Mysuru. He was among the hundreds of children participated. All the kids were dressed up in different costumes and Mahendra was in his regular outfit and performed some of his favourite movie scenes and dialogues.

To his surprise, he got selected for the mega audition in Bengaluru. His family was a bit hesitant as they had to stay in Bengaluru for the shoot. The financial condition of the family is also not so sound. But the channel provided Mahendra and his mother with accommodation and he got selected in the mega Audition as well.

His journey with the Drama Juniors thus began. He attracted many viewers with his natural and appealing performance. He was heaped praises for his unique and natural acting which is rare among the children. “I can do any role that is given to me. But I like to do comedy more than other acts. Doing the role of veteran artist Master Hirannaiah in his ‘Lanchavatara’ in front of him was a privilege to me,” says the humble kid Mahendra.

Acting is what he loves to do. He wants to be an actor in future. He is currently acting in a children’s movie, ‘Play’ in lead role. His mother and his maternal uncle and family have been full of support for him. He doesn’t want to be an actor like any other person in the industry. He wants to have his own style of acting which makes him a special actor in the making. “I don’t consider my performances as the best. There is always a scope for improving further more in any performance,” he says.

“I learnt a lot from the judges and the host Master Anand. Our mentors Prabhu, Vikram Suri and others have trained us well and have blended us in the right way,” he says. His schoolmates are happy for his achievement and he received appreciation from all. Drama Juniors has been a special reality show in the television history for its unique way of grooming talent.

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Q&A:

How was the support from your family?

My family is full of support for me. They suggested me the ways I can improve and have encouraged me throughout.

How was the Drama Juniors journey?

It was good. Before going to Drama Juniors, I knew nothing about acting. Today I know something because of the show, mentors and judges.

How could you manage your school and the show?

I could attend school for 2 days a week as I had to be there in Bengaluru. My teachers and friends supported me and filled me with confidence.

What kind of an actor you would like to be?

I like doing comedy roles. I can do any character given to me. I would like to be an actor and I would like to act in my own style.

-By Shrithi Joyappa K

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