A bundle of energy
There's something about Udayabhanu. It could be her dynamo-like energy or the ''I don't care'' attitude. It could be her large doe-like eyes or the mischievous glitter behind them. When you see her, you just want to stand up dancing and wish your friends around did the same. She treats the stage as an inflammable trampoline - frenzied and fiery as a runaway molotov cocktail. Or may be it's her easy way of handling the microphone - a voice that straddles extreme notes with the ease of a trapeze artiste doing amazing acrobatics to your senses. Uday is hot and she's making all the fires burn.
They call her the ''bundle of energy'' from the tube - one of the boons of the idiot box. Like a roller-coaster she succeeds in taking her audience on a breathless ride that goes faster and faster until it screeches to a halt, and the silence that follows is eerie! Adulation came early to Udayabhanu. The product of a joint family, Uday was only 14 years old when she got her first break in Errasaini. This young Kuchipudi dancer trained under Dhanaraju of Karimnagar has over 50 stage performances to her credit. However, soon after her Std. X, ''Horlicks Hridayanjali'' found a prime slot on television and young Udaya started her innings with the microphone winning the hearts of viewers with her multiple talents.
A number of assignments followed and from being the bubbly, plump teenager, she transformed into becoming the Diva of the masses. Her appeal and charm, coupled with her hard work and professional attitude, propelled Uday to the top slot and today she is by far the most-sought-after personality on the television for her quick repartees, quips and non-stop action on stage. Udayabhanu has no formal training but she has the elan, emotion and essence. Adventure is big on her life map and she is ambitious and a workaholic. And she is beautiful. But her physicality is a doorway to the soul. Once you go beyond that, she unfolds to reveal a warm and sensitive personality. ''I have always done what I felt like - either in front of 50,000 people or in the privacy of my home. I think people respect and fear that someone has the audacity to be herself in a culture like ours and pull it off.''
This demi-goddess is a normal girl. She laughs and cries to herself. ''Without switching off, we can't be creative,'' she says. ''It just happens on its own. You collect your inner strength and come up with something positive - expressions of different sorts - words, music, emotions! Sometimes, I am walking the fine line between being extrovert and introvert. And then again between genius and insanity. You never know where the line starts or ends.''
Uday's family background is solid, to say the least, with strong ideals of Communistic living. Having lost her father at the tender age of four, she showers all praise on her mother, a doctor and a pillar of strength for the family. Her brother Lenin is a software engineer and she herself is doing her M.A. in English literature. She doesn't get much leisure time and does not feel the need to freak out with friends. Her joint family consists of her uncles, aunties and cousins and she never feels lonely at home. ''It is a picnic to be home,'' she quips. Her favorite comperes are Ruby Bhatia and Rageswari, and cricket is her favourite game.
Her recent foray into Telugu films with 'Kaidi Brothers' from director Sagar brings hopes and promises of a brand new avenue for this talented artiste. She is sensitive, warm and very down to earth and loves reading and music. ''Vizag holds many memorable moments professionally. The recent R.P. Patnaik show on the beach took the breath out of me''.
The antithesis of the regular mould, Udayabhanu's 'Sahasyam' MTV and daring stunts made her the idol of millions. She was in Vizag recently on an invitation from Razzmatazz to thrill the HPCL family at Hotel Palm Beach.
Udayabhanu has made entertainment so much more thrilling for the masses. "Learn to love each other. And love everything you do well'' is her message to the youth.
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