Postnoon gets talking to Gabriela Bertante, who is keeping her fingers crossed about her item number in Puri Jagannadh’s Devudu Chesina Manushulu.
Four years ago, Gabriela Bertante was like any other teenager. She loved playing football and helping out her parents at their store in her hometown in Minas Gerais, Brazil. “After a point of time, I moved to Sao Paulo and began modelling there.
I was 17 back then and it really was a big decision for me,” Gabriela Bertante says. She has a thick Portuguese accent which could have easily been indecipherable, but it isn’t. We ask her what was the first Indian film she had seen? “SRK’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. I can hum Haule Haule,” she recollects. So what’s the craziest thing she has done till date? “Moving to India,” she chuckles, adding, “I didn’t know anyone here. Imagine, I had to learn English and driving to survive here.”
Its been two years since Gabriela Bertante came to India and she has already graced the cover pages of quite a lot of magazine. “You know, all my friends who moved to India used to fall sick almost immediately. I am lucky that I never fell sick and I love the street food in Mumbai,” she says. Later, she walked the ramp for Lakme Fashion Week and was featured in several magazines which caught the attention of MTV who cast her as a VJ in MTV Grind.
How did films happen? “Initially, the agents with who I was in touch were not into casting for films. It’s only in the past 5-7 months that I began to consider offers in films,” she says. A chance meeting with Puri Jagannadh changed everything. “I had met Puri Jagannadh in Mumbai. I hadn’t seen his films but I knew he was big in the South. He suggested that we should do a test and I went to Hyderabad to meet him. That’s how I bagged an offer to dance for an item number in Devudu Chesina Manushulu,” she informs. Gabriela can’t stop raving about the film and Puri Jagannadh as well. “I met Puri Jagannadh’s family when I came to Hyderabad. He’s a very good person at heart.
He’s like my family now,” she confesses and says that she would love to act in more films in future.Apart from Devudu Chesina Manushulu, she’ll also be seen in Ajith starrer Billa 2 in Tamil. “I loved working with Ajith in Billa 2. Honestly, I am more excited about my debut in Telugu.” Now that she’s doing quite well for herself in India, we ask her how her parents are reacting to the incredible progress she has made here. “Oh…they are extremely happy.
My father is very proud and he told me that he has been collecting all the interviews and articles related to me and showing off to his friends,” Gabriela beams with pride. Of late, the number of Brazilian models wanting to work in India has been increasing. Bruna Abdullah, Nathalia Kaur and now Gabriela Bertante are some of the models who have been in limelight. What is it about Brazilians which Indian filmmakers can’t resist? “Some of the top models in the world are Brazilians. I believe we have something special in us which people find alluring. We don’t sit at home and we work quite hard. In a way, we deserve the success,” she signs off. We nod in agreement.
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Hemanth writes primarily about Telugu cinema, although he finds inspiration from the works of filmmakers like Woody Allen. Apart from writing, he spends most of his time on Twitter discussing about cinema, travel and life in Hyderabad.