Learning from the best

| LIPIKA VARMA
Published Feb 25, 2014, 4:54 am IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:50 am IST
Actress Shanvi Srivastava talks about working with Mohan Babu and Vishnu in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rowdy
Shanvi Srivastava
 Shanvi Srivastava


Rising Tollywood star Shanvi Srivastava will be seen opposite Vishnu Manchu in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rowdy. And more than acting opposite Vishnu, she is excited about working with veteran actor Mohan Babu in the film.“Working in the same film and just sitting beside him during shoots has been a great learning experience for me. I would sit down quietly and watch his mannerisms while he performed. Mohan Babu is a man of few words but he did advice me on a few things like about being punctual and working hard,” says Shanvi.“He also told me to always know my limitations and not to get carried away with my own persona. Just a 15-minute conversation was enough to increase my respect for him,” she adds.
Talking about the film and her role, Shanvi says, “The film is a action-based political drama, with Rayalaseema as the backdrop. Mohan Babu and Vishnu are playing father and son in the film too. I play Vishnu’s love interest in the film. I do not have many scenes, but the few ones that I have are very impactful. I am lucky to have got the chance to work with experienced actors like Mohan Babu and Vishnu. Also being directed by Ramu is indeed a pleasure for a newcomer. As a fresher, working with Ramu itself removes the feeling of insecurity. Any newcomer will opt for this opportunity.”
The actress also says, “While we were sitting together on the sets with Vishnu, Ramu informed me that I was cast in the film on Vishnu’s recommendations. I had got a call from Ramu’s office and while talking to me he finalised me. I do not know whether Vishnu actually recommended me or Ramu was just pulling my legs but I am happy to be working with all of them. Vishnu did appreciate my performances and told me that I had a great camera sense and that I knew how to dance and emote. It made me feel as if I was a ‘whole package’.” She immediately smiles and adds, “Hope this statement will not show me as an overconfident girl.”
When asked what RGV likes about her, Shanvi says, “He told me that he liked my eyes while conversing with me and found them to be very expressive.”
 About her future projects, Shanvi says, “I have three films that are lined up for release, so I am not in a hurry. I have been reading scripts of a few South films and Hindi films as well. Nothing has been finalised as of yet.”

Location: Andhra Pradesh




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