'I am a Tomboy Off the Screen!'- Lavanya Tripathi Interview

By - August 29, 2015 - 12:45 PM IST

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It is not an easy task to bag a female centric role in the first go itself for a heroine in Telugu films! Such opportunity comes quite rarely in this hero worship industry but there are few heroines who got such golden chance. After Kamalinee Mukherjee in Anand, it was Lavanya Tripathi who got such opportunity to act in Andala Rakshasi. This talented beauty is now going to entertain the audience in Bhale Bhale Magadivoy opposite spontaneous actor Nani. Here is an exclusive chitchat with her!

Hello Lavanya.. how are you doing?
Hi.. I am doing great!

Please tell us about your latest release Bhale Bhale Magadivoy!
The film is a fun filled entertainer. I really liked the subject and it made me accept it straightaway! I play the role of a Kuchipudi dancer and my role is quite different from the usual female leads.

You say you played the role of a Kuchipudi dancer. Were you familiar with the dance form then?
I’m quite familiar with Kathak because my sister did a diploma in it. However, for Kuchipudi I was practicing on sets for 30 minutes every day to look professional.

You are doing four back to back films in Tollywood now. Do you feel that the industry finally recognized your worth?
Well, after Andala Rakshasi and Doosukeltha I got ample offers in Tollywood. But I wasn’t ready to do any sort of role hence there was a break in my film appearances. I waited all the while to do the perfect role and finally got now!

How do you think Bhale Bhale Magadivoy is perfect for you?
I love fun and am quite mischievous in real life. I could see the similar shade in this flick which made me accept it. Even on the sets it was always fun and we got along great as a team. Nani is a typical actor and a thorough professional. Maruthi has tremendous comedy timing and great sense of humor. We were doing lot of fun things on set! I can confidently say Bhale Bhale Magadivoi is a special movie in my career.

You are acting with Nagarjuna, which is like a dream for any upcoming actress. How do you feel about it?
I was very nervous to act with him because he is a senior hero. I am a huge fan of his work and even Ramya Krishna I admire a lot. I never dreamt that I would act opposite Nagarjuna! In fact, I had to deliver some long dialogues in front of Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishna on the first day on the set! I was terrified to do it and it was very challenging.

Did you find any trouble acting as a heroine opposite 50 plus star?
Nagarjuna sir is forever young. If you see the film’s teaser you can easily know! Moreover, my look is quite traditional and I am mostly seen in sarees throughout the film. So it was quite convenient!

You happened to act in a cameo for Manam which happens to be an Akkineni family film. Do you think you got the launch pad from there?
I really didn’t think about it. I wanted to do Manam because it was the last film of a legend. I love Akkineni family and readily agreed to do it!

Being a full length heroine it must be hard to do a cameo!
Not at all. Many people even thought I did it because I wasn’t getting enough chances. The fact was I was getting good chances and Manam was something I really wanted to be a part of. If I like doing something I do otherwise I leave it!

You look so slim and fit. What is the secret behind your fitness?
I make it a point that I drink lots of water. Regarding food I never had any restrictions and yet I am not becoming fat (Laughs).

In South India,  audience prefer heroines to be little fat..
Well, I am not fat but have four movies in hand now! This itself means I am recognized! I don’t think fat or thin is a prerequisite for getting films!

Please tell us about your working experience with Nani..
I really like Nani as an actor and became his fan ever since I watched Eega. I watched all his work since then and he is a spontaneous actor. His role is quite unique in Bhale Bhale Magadivoy.

How is your second film with Geetha Arts starring Allu Sirish is coming up?
I feel really lucky to work in their production house again. The film started a week ago and the work is progressing in rapid pace!

How do you feel about Andala Rakshasi as a debut film in career? Is it an advantage or a drawback?
I can say it is an advantage 100%. My acting prowess was known in best way through the film. However, I also got the image that I would be suitable only for such off beat roles. But I am open to act in any sort of character provided my role is good!

You did a Tamil movie Brahman last year and after that you didn’t do any. What is the reason behind it?
I didn’t get much recognition for that film because it was a hero centric role. Later I got many offers in Tamil with similar storyline and hence I didn’t show interest.

You must be having hectic schedule with four back to back films. Will you keep on the same pace?
I feel bad that I am not having much family time because of this. I want to take a gap after these films but if I get a brilliant script I might continue in the pace!

We all know the Lavanya on screen. How is she outside?
I am quite tomboyish and active outside. I was so nerdy that director Maruthi used to address me as Thammudu! I behave more like guy to say the truth. I don’t follow much restrictions about being soft and sweet.

Okay..thanks and wish you the best for upcoming projects!
Thank you very much.

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