I want to look hot and not like a ‘cute’ girl : Lavanya
Lavanya Tripathi seems to be spectacularly happy and it’s evident when we meet her. The glow on her face and the umpteen text messages that keep beeping on her mobile confirm the story. A report.
The super success of her recent release ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’ (BBM), directed by Maruthi, has been the talk of the town. Ask the actress how she’s basking in the glory, “I’m glad that the film has set the cash registers ringing. But to be honest, I’ve been busy shooting for other films that I actually did not have enough time to enjoy the success (I have signed four films). I’m just sharing my happiness via social networking sites,” she explicates, adding, “I came to know the magnitude of the triumph during the success tour across the two Telugu states. People were sitting on the stairs to watch the film, and that’s something I have never seen before (smiles). The success of this film means a lot to me and it has catapulted my career graph. Moreover, success and failures don’t bother me much but the success of BBM probably gets me to work with bigger projects, so the learning curve would be greater.”
Director Maruthi had a reputation of making films that have adult content. So wasn’t she apprehensive before signing BBM? “Not at all, the reason being he watched my debut film ‘Andala Rakshasi’ and appreciated my performance. You need to have a different kind of mindset to love that film. Also, Nani is playing the lead, so that’s another reason for me to do the film. Moreover, when Maruti narrated me the story, there wasn’t any point that I felt uncomfortable. And working with was pretty cool and we had great time shooting for the film. In fact, he calls me ‘Thammudu’ (younger brother), because of my tomboy-like behaviour on the sets (laughs).
Can’t ‘girl next door’ be gorgeous?
Lavanya is perceived as girl-next-door, bubbly, chirpy, etc., but the actress has a different take. “I don’t want that ‘girl next door’ tag every time, and I don’t think any girl want that. I don’t think people really have a girl like me in the next door, except my neighbours (laughs). I don’t think I look like girl next door, maybe it’s because of the roles, people think like that. And who said ‘Girl next door’ cannot be gorgeous? I also want to get into the hot side of the characters, and actually wish people to see me like that. I want to look hot and not like a ‘cute’ girl. ‘Girl next door’ can be anything – hot, gorgeous, glamorous, etc, and I’m a mix of everything,” she elucidates. So is her earlier film ‘Doosukletha’, in which she has upped her glam quotient, an indication to filmmakers that she’s ready for glam roles? “No! I don’t want to say like that. As an actress, I would like to do anything for the character as far as it’s convincing and makes sense. I cannot do something I’m not really comfortable at,” she replies.
Discovering the real me
It’s been almost 8 years (including Hindi soap operas) since Lavanya has been in entertainment industry. Prod her on how the journey has been so far, she says, “Life’s been good in showbiz. Earlier I used to practise Kathak and luckily, I had the opportunity to polish my dance skills in my recent film. The learning curve was that I became more of myself. I was a bit apprehensive and never socialised with anyone but I became more of myself. I’m mingling much these days. I realised that I should go out and talk. In fact, people thought I have an attitude problem but I don’t. May be because I’m very reserve people might think so. That’s why you see me more in charity functions than in pubs (laughs).”
But do people in her hometown see her as an actress, she says, “No, I’m still the same Lavanya. When I go home, I dress casually, make tea for my dad, and do all the little things. Recently, my uncle, who came to Dehradun and saw me after 7 years, was surprised to know that I’m an actress. He said, ‘I don’t look like’ and I’m still the same. When people see me for the first time, they don’t recognize me. I look very different in real life and people can’t recognize me without make up. When I met a few people they clicked pictures with me, but later when they saw me sans makeup, they could not recognize me. They said ‘OMG is it you?”
Andala Rakshasi? Oh, I heard a lot about it
The Uttarakhand-born will be seen sharing screen with Nagarjuna and Ramya Krishna in her forthcoming Telugu film ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’. “During ‘Doosukeltha’ shooting, when I first met Nagarjuna sir, he said, ‘Andala Rakshasi’? Oh I heard a lot about you’, and I was thrilled when he said like that,” she quips. So what makes Nag still a teen heartthrob, Lavanya states, “Nag sir is chilled out and at the same time caring too. Recently, when I was suffering from fever in Mysore schedule, he made sure that I was alright and took care. He treats women with respect and off-course, he’s handsome too and that’s what makes desirable. I remember on the sets, he once said, ‘Lavanya, you look beautiful’. I was on cloud nine.”