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Fighting odds

Abhinaya hasn't let her problems mar her dream

PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

With a focus Abhinaya is enjoying every moment

Talkative, health conscious, tech savvy and a cell phone buff, that's Abhinaya. But these days she is hardly getting time to log in. With the release of her film Sambho Shiva Sambho (where she plays Ravi Teja's sister) Abhinaya is busy meeting friends and media. But this isn't her first stint with the camera, she had earlier worked with director P. Samudra Kanni in Nadodigal.

So deciding to give interviews a breather she oils her long hair and sits with her laptop. “Her friends from the school for the hearing impaired are also visiting her today,” says her dad.

When Abhinaya was one-month old her parents discovered that she couldn't hear. Added to it was her frail constitution that forced Abhinaya to drag herself in a sitting position during her growing years. “Amino acids from her body were flowing out through her urine. She was lean and unable to balance herself on her feet. Only after she was three years old her problem was detected and Abhinaya took her first steps,” recollects her dad.

It was then that the parents started looking forward for her development. Abhinaya joins in and manages to convey her message about her photographs. She gestures that she has sufficient photographs of hers on her laptop. Pointing to her hair she manages, “oil in hair.”

Besides being conscious about her skin and hair Abhinaya is also very fashion conscious but needs her mother to approve of her dresses and colours. After spending five years in the school for hearing impaired in East Marredpally, Abhinaya got a cochlear transplant and her world changed. After a year of speech therapy at home her parents decided to send her to normal school. “It was in these schools that she made lot of friends, learnt new things and became more confident. She was never shy or felt different from the other children,” says Abhinaya's mother. Abhinaya intently reads her mother's lips as she talks and gestures to all with a smile each time she finds compliments coming her way. Talk about her eating habits and she bursts into laughter. Abhinaya loves doing photoshop when she is at home and has created albums by combining old pictures.

In between chats the TV distracts her. A movie of Lawrence was on, “Sir, sir,” she says as she draws everyone's attention to the TV. An avid dancer Abhinaya was trained by Lawrence to perform for a show on TV. “She adores the man,” says her father, Arvind. “There are others who taught her to dance or let's say improve her steps, Ravindra Babu worked with her non-stop for days to prepare her for a stage performance in Chennai,” adds her father.

Her friends join in and as she sits with them their excitement is visible, she asks them with gestures and words, “film chusara.” And they reply with equal excitement, “yes, bagundi.” A Hrithik Roshan and Abhishekh Bachchan fan, close to home Abhinaya adores Suriya from the Tamil industry and will be too glad to work and meet Allu Arjun and Siddharth from the Telugu movie industry.

As far as actresses are concerned “Aishwarya, is the best,” she says.

PRABALIKA M. BORAH

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