Next Rising Star - Dayana Erappa

Dayana Erappa has worked for the biggest designers and international brands with great élan. Her recent foray into movies has proven equally successful, for she is the next rising star.

Dayana Erappa has been persistent her whole life and also extremely positive. She will never stop being that way ever irrespective of the results. In 2010, it was her college Principal who recognized her talent and supported her to pursue a career in modeling industry and later Mr. Prasad Bidappa became her mentor and groomed her.

She says,”I’m quite content with the way my career as an actor and model has shaped over the years, I’ll keep working hard and I’m positive that better things will come when the time is right.”


According to her, Life as a super model is never easy and along with the glamour comes a lot of dedication, discipline, patience and odd hours work. First challenge was to move away from home and get adjusted to live in a city like Mumbai and then to balance work life in such high competitive work environment and never to give up even when the things did not work in her favor.

Her turning point in career would be the moment when she got a call from Madras Talkies informing her that she’s been finalized for the role of Chaya and was going to be working under the legendary director, Mani Ratnam Sir. That was when she finally realized that she wanted to be an actress as well and not just be a super model. She’s someone who loves to look up to the people around her who are doing great work in every aspect of life, be it her mother, friends, colleagues whom she works with most of the time, she believes every individual is unique and always there’s something one can learn and be inspired from each one of them.


Her biggest strength is her family who loves and supports her in everything she does. They have been a true blessing.

She’s been humble enough to agree that everything she’s tried for has not been a success but her happiness derived from loved ones and the good work she’s done is her true success which is. Rest materialistic success is short lived and she’s more inclined towards inner happiness.


When it comes to controversies, she follows a simple rule of “Ignorance is bliss”. She recollects, “Honestly I couldn’t see myself on the silver screen, it was awkward and I kept asking myself if that girl was me on the screen. It took couple of movie shows for me to be comfortable to watch my own self. I’m as transparent as one can ever be; there is no other side to it, what you see is what you get. When it comes to desserts I can bake my cake & eat it too!”

Over the years she’s been fortunate to work under several top international and national brands, to name a few of the Indian designers, Tarun Tahiliani,Sabysachi Mukherjee, Gaurav Gupta, Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, Wendell Rodricks, Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya and Manish Arora. I have shot for brands like Raymonds, Estee Lauder, H&M, Bheema Jewellers and Editorials like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmoplitan, Grazia, Verve and Femina.


She’s also been blessed with the opportunity to work with big names like Hrithik Roshan for Bazaar Bride Magazine, Ranveer Singh for Grazia Magazine, Rajkumar Rao for Femina, Diana Penty for Estee Lauder and also with Simbu and Aditi Rao Hyadri. Everyone she’s worked with have been kind, supportive and made her comfortable in the set be it a movie set or photo shoots.


She signs off by saying,” I would say have lots of patience for nothing comes easy or fast, everything has its own pace. Be professional and respectful to the people working with you irrespective of how big or small the project is! Don’t forget your roots and don’t ever give up on your dreams.”


Love, Team She