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Lavanya Tripathi on the making of her character, Nandana

Lavanya Tripathi

Lavanya Tripathi  

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The box office collections have been positive and so are the reviews. Lavanya Tripathi is particularly delighted on spotting the line ‘not just a pretty face’ in many reviews. “I really wanted people to appreciate my performance,” she says, all smiles at the warm reception to Bhale Bhale Magadivoi. This is her third release in Telugu and she is happy that the audience and the industry believe in her.


“I am just three films old; when I took a break in between, I used to get a lot of messages from people who’ve seen my work,” she says. The positive vibes ensured that she got signed for noteworthy projects, including Soggade Chinni Nayana with Nagarjuna, Lachimi Deviki Oh Lekkundi ( LOL) with Naveen Chandra after Andhala Rakshasi anda film with Allu Sirish.

Bhale Bhale… was a project she accepted for two reasons — the hilarious story narrated by director Maruthi and an opportunity to work with Nani. “Nani is a fabulous actor and has the knack of selecting different kind of films. The fact that he was already on board was proof that there was something special about the film,” she says.

During the narration, she recalls laughing with tears in her eyes for the carom scene inspired by Shankardada MBBS. “I knew the script and my lines well. But a lot of improvisation happened on the sets. When I saw how the final output on screen, especially the scenes between Nani and Vennela Kishore, it was a lot of fun,” she says.

Lavanya wanted to look the part of her character Nandana, a Kuchipudi dancer, for this role. The emphasis was on graceful attires, simple accessories and kohl-rimmed eyes. Her training in Kathak also came in handy. When she isn’t shooting, she still practices Kathak. “Dance lends grace to the body language and helps in expressing emotions better. As actors, we do gym workouts that tend to make us stiff. To keep the grace intact, I turn to dance,” she reasons. Lavanya’s sister holds a diploma in Kathak and her brother trained with Shiamak Davar.

As the feeling of having delivered a hit sinks in, she says she is always critical of her performance. “I am an unsatisfied soul that will keep finding mistakes,” she quips. Her family is based in Dehradun and far removed from showbiz. “It’s a different world. To them, I am not a star. When I go home, they tell me what they want to eat and I cook for them. I love to do everything at home.” Her family got to watch Andhala Rakshasi. “We aren’t that expressive but acknowledge and appreciate each other’s work. If my dad spots a good review he might take the paper home with him,” she says.

Lavanya has learnt to speak Telugu and hopes to dub her lines soon. For Bhale Bhale, the choice of singer Chinmayi dubbing for her had more than the Andhala Rakshasi sentiment at play. “Her voice is almost close to mine and she understands the character and the situations well. During the dubbing, Nani told me that he liked the way I said my lines but it all depends on the dubbing artist. I am glad Chinmayi dubbed for me.”

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