Bhavana who was injured at the set of kannada movie Jackie while trying to do a risky shot for her new with Puneet Rajkumar.
“The scene had Puneet riding a bike and I was riding pillion. We had to overtake a sugarcane-laden lorry and I had to stand up and pull out a cane as part of the scene. After completing two shots, we went for a third shot but the lorry accidentally picked up speed and I lurched forward and fell on the ground. It was a miraculous escape for me as I was dragged on the road by the bike which went out of control when I fell. I sustained bruises on my left leg. Actually, the director and Puneet had suggested using a double but I insisted on doing it,” says Bhavana, who is now taking rest at her house in Trichur.
Due to the injury, the actress will not be able to rehearse for her month-long tour and stage shows with Malayalam actor Dileep in the US. Says Bhavana, “I’m eagerly looking forward to my first trip to the US where I’ll be performing dance and skits on stage with Kavya Madhavan and Dileep. The only hitch is that now, I’ll have to go on tour without attending the rehearsals.”
The actress says her last film Aasal with Ajith gave her a new reach though it wasn’t a big hit. “The two songs in the film — Tottodaing … and Dushyantha … — gave me a fantastic reach among the youth and children. It was then that I realised that doing Tamil commercial mass movies is important for actresses. I will always remember Aasal and Ajith sir, who is a perfect gentleman.”
Bhavana, who does not want to be slotted in an image trap, says, “One should do a mix of commercial and meaningful cinema to succeed as an actress. After playing a modern girl in half-a-dozen films, I played the character of a naïve wife in Happy Husbands with Jayaram. The film became a superhit and got me a lot of appreciation.”
About rumours linking her with Telugu actor Nitin, Bhavana says, “I don’t know how these rumours started; probably the media linked us because I did two films with him. He is a good friend and there is nothing more to it.” When asked about rumours in the Malayalam media about her parents looking for a groom for her, Bhavana shoots back, “Just because Gopika, Kavya and Navya got married in a short span of time, the media has been trying to marry me off. I’m not mentally prepared for marriage and I’m yet to find Mr Nice Guy. I will be signing two films after my US trip. Why would I want to get married when I’m doing well for myself in movies?”