A South Indian actress and a costume designer in some of her films, Saathvika Appaiah, is one of a kind. She has worked in Kannada, Tamil as well as Telugu industry. Her first film was ‘Life Super’ in Kannada, where she played a small lead role, but it was her second film ‘Sarvasva’ where she got the opportunity to showcase her acting skills. It was also this film where she designed her costumes.
Apart from this, she has also been a costume designer in one of her upcoming project i7, a Telugu film. 2323-the beginning is another of her forthcoming film. She has also appeared in music videos- ‘Fida’ and ‘you got me crazy (karan above all)’.
“I STARTED BY DOING PART TIME MODELING WITH RAMP SHOWS, PRINT, AND VIDEO ADS. I STARTED GETTING MOVIE OFFERS DURING THIS TIME BUT WAS NOT SURE ABOUT TAKING UP MOVIES FULL TIME”Saathvika Appaiah
Her uncertainty for joining the film industry turned into self-confidence after she did a 3-month acting course at Abhinaya Taranga and brushed up her skills. She then left her corporate job and did her first ever film ‘Life Super’. “My movie career took a while, but I’m happy with the projects I have done so far” admits Saathvika adding that profuse dedication and patience are necessary to work in this field and do well.
“I WOULD LIKE TO BUILD MY OWN FASHION BRAND AS DESIGNING HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FIRST LOVE”SAATHVIKA APPAIAH
Although Saathvika is live in the moment type of person and doesn’t believe in planning ahead in time, for us, she brought up some of the things she would love to achieve in her future. Among them is having her fashion brand. She mentions that she always had a knack towards the fashion industry and wanted to become a fashion designer. Since her childhood, Saathvika loved clothes and designing and even used to create dresses for her Barbie dolls. And when she came to college, she started designing her clothes. Even though she doesn’t have a formal education in this field, Saathvika feels that it’s in her blood, and she would be good at it.
“But destiny had other plans” says Saathvika. However, she is glad that her modeling career started off well, and she has received encouragement from friends, family, and fans to a great extent. In the future, she would love to play diverse roles and look forward to getting amazing scripts. A strong female character role with a great personality is her first choice. She admires the characters of Anushka Shetty in Baahubali 2, Kangana Ranaut in queen, and Tanu weds Manu returns. Also, she looks up to Sridevi, Kangana, and Kajol the most.
“I HAVE DONE ADS FOR LOT OF SARI BRANDS LIKE ROOPAM SILKS, PATHI SILK HOUSE, VIJAYALAKSHMI SILKS, SUDARSHAN SILKS, ETC. OTHER BRANDS INCLUDE LABEL M, SAMYAKK, EASY BUY, BOSCH, MANIPAL HOSPITALS, ETC”SAATHVIKA APPAIAH
So far, she has worked with various brands and is also the ambassador for womencabs, a startup cab service driven by women and only for women. When asked about her personal preference for brands, Saathvika reveals that she loves the designs of Manish Malhotra, Manish Arora, Falguni and Shane Peacock, and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.
“I THINK I HAVE GOOD SCREEN PRESENCE, CAN CARRY OFF DIFFERENT KINDS OF LOOKS AND ROLES, AND I DON’T THROW ATTITUDE ON SETS. ONE THING THAT KEEPS ME MOTIVATED IS THAT I WATCH A LOT OF CINEMA, ACROSS LANGUAGES AND GENRES”SAATHVIKA APPAIAH
Saathvika finds motivation to work harder in any good movie or series she watches. She believes that every step in this industry is a challenge by itself. However, whenever she feels that she lacks something, she improves herself at that part. In the starting, her fluency with the Kannada language wasn’t great and, as a result, faced challenges during the auditions. But her acting course in Abhinaya Taranga helped her to overcome this challenge and build confidence.
“MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR UPCOMING ARTISTS IS THAT THEY HAVE TO BE 100% SURE THEY WANT TO PERSIST IN THIS FIELD”SAATHVIKA APPAIAH
Saathvika urges the upcoming artists to wait for their turn and not expect things to happen instantly. One must work hard on developing skills, and being prepared mentally, emotionally, and financially is a must as your first break can take time and luck. “Also, newcomers have to be careful because not everyone you meet will be genuine, so you have to do some background check” Saathvika gives her last piece of advice.