First Kashmiri Takes Tamil Cinema by Storm

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A Kashmiri girl Aqsa Bhatt, who made her acting debut with Malayalam film Life of Josutty, has spoken about her Tamil debut, Oru Melliya Kodu.

Life of Josutty is a 2015 Malayalam coming-of-age drama film directed by Jeethu Joseph. The film stars Dileep in the title role along with a supporting cast consisting of Jyothi Krishna, Rachana Narayanankutty, Renjini Rupesh, Hareesh Perady and Chempil Asokan.

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The story is formatted with commentaries from the protagonist. The screenplay and dialogue are written by Rajesh Varma. The film is produced and released by Eros International; it is their debut production and distribution in Malayalam cinema. Life of Josutty released on 24 September 2015 and met with generally positive reviews.

In an interview, the actress has revealed that her character in the film has “negative shades” to it. “The film is a suspense thriller and I play a teenager in the film. What is special about the film is every character in the film, including me, has both positive and grey shades. That is what adds mystery to the film,” Aqsa told Times of India.

“I didn’t have to audition for the film really. The director saw a few of my clippings and cast me. The film was actually shot in both Kannada and Tamil simultaneously. The Kannada version, “Game”, has already been released.”

Aqsa Bhatt hails from Jammu Kashmir. Born to Maharaj Krishen Bhatt and Jeetha Bhatt on 1st December 1994 in Srinagar, her father is heading the Punjab National Bank South Region.

Aqsa was always inclined towards cinema and shifted to Chennai recently.

The Spark in her modelling career is started from her high school level. At an age of 14, she featured in almost 30 advertisements in both print and commercials. She won the title of Miss Teen Jammu Kashmir in 2010 which inspired her to do modelling.

Aqsa is not only an actress or model or writer but also she wishes to put on the director’s hat. She learns the basics from the directors in her own films as well and looking forward to direct her own film soon.

She completed her schooling from Carmel Convent School, Srinagar.

Holding a degree in audiology from Naish College, Bengaluru, she specialised in Audiology and Speech Language Pathelogy from Naseema Speech and Hear Therapy.

She started as a model and till now involved more than 150 campaigns. IBM Corporate Films, Tanishque Jewellery, Kerala Tourism are few of them. Kerala Tourism was a huge hit in her career. She got trained under Latin American Dancer Nicholas.

Writing is her “stress buster”. She has also written a novel called Amoure which is in line to get published within few months. She has also written more than 400 poems till date.

She was spotted by Director Ratnaja Prakash who came in search of her and from there she started her journey in films. He cast her in Preethiyalli Sahaja.

Her second movie is a Kannada-Tamil bilingual titled as Game directed by A M R Ramesh in 2015. Her third movie was in Malayalam and was titled as Life of Josutty directed by Jeethu Joseph after his Box Office Hit Drishyam in 2013, eventually this movie marked as her debut. She has signed 2 more Malayalam movies.

Originally published on Kashmir Life

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