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Mother of all joys

Even in her new avatar of a doting mother, Laya has managed to keep her charm intact

Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Mamma mia Laya is happy changing nappies of her six-months-old daughter Sloka

Struggling with a tight schedule that takes all of her 24 hours in a day, Telugu film actress Laya has fitted well into the role of a mother. The actress who bid adieu to the silver screen post-Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila is now busy changing nappies of her six-month-old bundle of joy, Sloka. From donning the grease paint to face the camera to cuddling the baby, life has come a full circle for this actress who won hearts for sensitive portrayal of her roles.

“I don’t miss anything there except my parents. I visit this city twice a year to spend a couple of months with my parents,” says the lady from Vijayawada, who shifted to the US after marrying oncologist Sri Ganesh a couple of years ago.

The former actress readily agreed to grace a lucky draw conducted by a local garments showroom. She used the occasion to recollect her association with the city and its people. Laya has major hits like Preminchu and Missamma to her credit but has no plans to make a comeback on the silver screen. She is rather interested in doing shows for the small screen during her brief visits to India.

“Quitting cinema was a decision taken during the peak of my career. Now I am a happy and contented housewife besides being mother to a six-month-old child. So, there is no question of a re-entry into films,” she says. The ‘girl-next-door’ of Telugu film industry has not lost touch with old friends in film circuits, as she unfailingly calls on them whenever she flies down to her native land.

She has also not lost her passion for classical dance. “I’ll always be in touch with my friends here, but not as a heroine,” she grins. Laya will soon be seen as a host of a talent show on a Telugu satellite channel.

A mild reference to her daughter Sloka is enough for the doting mother go on endlessly: “Motherhood is bliss and I am enjoying every bit of it. I have great plans for Sloka’s future. I want her to inherit all my talent in music, dance and chess.” She has no complaints about the baby, who she says is “very good, calm, cute and sweet…”

About hubby Sri Ganesh, the actress narrates how supportive he has been in whatever she does. “He wants Sloka to be a sportsperson.”

K.N. MURALI SANKAR

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