Having enjoyed her tenure as a great singer, the lady who has kept on facing several challenges in her real life is all set to dabble with the digital medium. Highly famed in the music circuit as a wonderful singer, anchor and music director, now Kousalya is all set to make her debut in acting with an upcoming web series.
Speaking on the same, Kousalya said, “Since childhood, I always wanted to act. But I was fascinated towards roles where women were shown as strong characters like a police or IAS officer, leader, etc. I always wanted to do dynamic roles, action-oriented scenes. But never got such an opportunity. Now when I got such a role, I grabbed it.
She has over 350 hit songs to her credits. Even though, she revealed her entry into the OTT segment, she has kept tight-lipped about the insights of the new series but, did mention that she has finished shooting for the first episode.
Apart from her cine projects, Kousalya is also an active member in many organisations. She is serving as the Joint Secretary for Cine Musicians Union, for the past two years, and is also a member of Violence Against Women (VAW), focusing on workplace harassment of women.
Adding to the same, Kousalya said, “I am part of VAW’s working committee. Everybody from all 24 crafts (women) are there, where we help women who face sexual harassment at work place. It is all done in a confidential manner by keeping drop boxes at shoot locations alongwith our mail id. We also invite more women to work in different fields of production so their sense of security increases. We all have to create opportunities for each other,” adds Kousalya. It was during such a meeting that she met casting director Pushpa Bhaskar. She is a good friend and during the conversation, she asked me If I was interested in acting. I told her that I want to do dynamic and motivating roles. Later, after 4 to 5 months, she called me and told me about this character which I might find interesting. I said yes, we didn’t even speak about remuneration.”
The popular singer also owns Kousalya’s Music Academy in the city aimed at teaching music to over 150 students in India and across the world.
Wishing to support women to stand on their own account, she added, “Women should be independent. You can trust your husband, but it’s better to be financially independent. Even if you are a housewife, try to do some small job. Be careful with what you save. This will definitely help you with your confidence which will grow by the day.”
Kousalya is a three-time Nandi award winner.