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Catherine Tresa rocks the bikini look!

When she performed to foot-tapping numbers in the opening act of the first ever South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) in Dubai recently, she immediately drew the attention of filmmakers. Indeed, in her first major performance, Catherine Tresa danced like a pro in front of thousands of film fans and top film personalities, without any inhibitions.

Catherine, who entered the film industry when she was 19, made her debut with a Kannada movie - Shankar IPS - opposite Duniya Vijay in 2010. In the same year, she also made her Malayalam debut opposite Prithviraj in The Thriller, which was followed by Police Veta, again opposite Prithviraj in 2011. Her second movie in Kannada was Vishnu with Abhijit as her male co-star. Right now, her next Kannada movie - Godfather - opposite the maverick Upendra is ready for release.

That’s not all. Catherine is currently shooting for two Telugu movies - Chammak Challo, paired with Varun Sandesh and Paisa opposite Naani. Going by her acting career in the last two years, it will not be an exaggeration to say that Catherine has hit the jackpot.

Born and brought up in Dubai, Catherine moved to India in 2007 to pursue her Bachelors’ in Science. “My father is a businessman and my parents are in Dubai. I chose to stay in India to nurture my career in films. I am here to make a name in showbiz and I am happy to have made the right beginning,” says Catherine, who started her career as a model. It all started from her school days, where she did some amateur modelling at the age of 14 for fashion design grads who were looking to make their portfolio. “I just agreed and did it for the heck of it. Following this, a jewellery brand approached me. Since I was still in school and very young, my father was sceptical about letting me take up modelling as a profession and advised me to focus on my education,” she reminisces. However, when she came to India, she got offers aplenty and also walked the ramp for Prasad Bidappa’s shows.

TV commercials soon came her way, and it was time to make the big move. But, how did she get attracted to showbiz in the first place? “Ever since my childhood, I’ve been attracted to cinema. I used to watch a lot of movies, but never though I’d act in one! My interest in cinema manifested over a period of time and here I am!” she smiles.

With a promising career ahead, Catherine’s parents are a happy lot today for their daughter’s success. “My parents are pretty chilled-out. Though they live in Dubai, I spend time with them when I am not shooting,” she says.

Speaking of her upcoming films, Catherine’s eyes light up. Chammak Challo, directed by Neelakanta, has an interesting role for the actor. “I am not paired opposite the hero,” she clarifies, “My role comes in the second half of the film, and is the title role. The hero is paired with another actor. It is a very interesting story - an out-and-out rom-com entertainer. The movie will be released before this year end.” Her second movie in Telugu, Paisa opposite Nani, is also in the filming stage. Directed by Krishnavamsi, it is slated for release this year.

Speaking of people she looks up to, Catherine is ga-ga about Madhuri Dixit and believes she is a great performer. “I really love Madhuri Dixit!” she exclaims, “She is a soulful performer and a graceful actor. If there is anyone in Indian cinema that I would want to emulate, it would be her.”

With no reservations on specific language and directors to work with, Catherine is gung-ho about being part of cinema. When asked about her best movie so far, the actor says, “All the movies I have acted in so far have been great! In each stage of my career, every role I have played has given me great satisfaction,” she smiles and goes on to reveal, “However, I am eagerly awaiting the release of the Kannada flick, Godfather. I got a kick doing this movie, because I look nothing like myself.”