By P.T. Bopanna
Coorg-born Dayana is a big name in the fashion industry and has walked the ramp for designers Sabyasachi Mukherji, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Anita Dongre, Anamika Khanna and many others.
The upcoming Mani Ratnam film Chekka Chivandha Vaanam has four lead actors – Arvind Swamy, Silambarasan, Arun Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi.
An ecstatic Dayana told www.coorgnews.in: “This debut is everything what l was looking forward to as a career progression all this while working in the fashion industry. I feel extremely privileged to be a part of such an exotic bunch of talent all coming together for such a spectacular banner and the man himself Mani sir. I am going to do everything it takes work-wise to make my mark and to make everyone proud who put their faith in me. I am looking forward for learning and working under Mani sir as this is my very first film and I am going to treasure this forever.”
The shooting for the film will begin on February 12. The film is being produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions. The cast and crew of the film were confirmed via a tweet on their official page.
Dayana, who had her early education at Kodagu Vidyalaya, Madikeri, started her career as a ramp model in Bengaluru and in 2011 participated in Miss India pageant. In 2012, she participated in Elite Model of the Year which took place in Shanghai.
Later she moved to Mumbai and started to work with various well known designers. She was featured in several magazines, including Femina, Grazia, Maxim, Adorn, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue.
Dayana was featured in the Kingfisher calendar in 2015 and 2017 and also worked in Milan for three months.
She also modeled for www.coorgjewellery.in on how to wear ‘Coorg Sari’. The video has clocked more than 55,000 views. Dayana was initially groomed by fashion guru Prasad Bidapa.