Mere looks or great costumes do not help one succeed in the glamour world.
She stole the limelight after confidently walking in front of the cameras and having built a wonderful repertoire of myriad presentations, Monica attributes her success to ‘discipline, dedication and punctuality’.
In a very short span of time and amid stiff competition, Monica carved a niche for herself as an anchor who could mean success for any given concept. And such has been her deft handling of cookery shows that the large following she built in the last couple of years has earned her the epithet ‘Cookery Queen of Telugu television’.
Having spent her entire childhood and formative years in the northern States and returning to Hyderabad only a few years back, a cheery and bubbly Monica’s initial days with Telugu were not easy.
“My father’s central services meant we spent most of my schooling was in the north. But, sheer determination and being blessed with a good memory helped me in picking up Telugu very fast,” she recalls.
Monica, who dropped anchor for different shows on almost all the popular Telugu television channels, was smitten with the idea of facing a camera from early days. “But, my parents were not keen about it and wanted me to focus on academics,” she laughs.
Her tryst with anchoring began with radio, in fact, when a friend’s neighbour who worked for a radio station noticed her ease and comfort in impromptu talk. And she did land with a programme. “I was so scared of informing my parents about it that initially I did radio with a pseudonym,” reveals Monica.
And then, television did not take much time to beckon her. She was called for audition in the morning and she was asked to shoot a show and it was telecast in the evening. “Initially, most were apprehensive as, then, I was not very comfortable reading Telugu. But, I would memorise the script so thoroughly that there were never disruptions,” she says.
There was no turning back since then, as opportunities and offers kept knocking her door. From Gemini TV to Zee Telugu, she did shows for most of the leading channels and the cookery show Taste of India on ETV Abhiruchi that finally positioned Monica among the leading anchors.
The show had a record successful run of three years plus while other ones that won accolades include Amrutham on ETV life and Indian Kitchen.
Not just anchor, Monica continues to remain in spotlight of glitzy world with modelling assignments, serials, short films, hosting corporate events and even songs such as the ones for ‘Bathukamma’. With her role in serials such as Bharyamani, Monica declared her abilities to emote and slip into any kind of role.
She likes her role in the short film Laddu, a sweet memory, and wants to do such ones. “I am not interested in acting just for the sake of acting,” she says. There have been movie roles but the wait is for something meaningful and a meaty role that challenges her.
“There was this negative character to portray and the serial makers were not sure about me, given my ever-smiling and cheerful approach,” she points. But, Monica took it as a challenge and added such stubbornness and villainy to the character that left the producers awe-stuck.
“That way I am very determined. Let no one underestimate my grit,” says the bubbly girl, signing off.