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When Ragini says Jaya ho!

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHASHIPRASAD SM
Published Dec 21, 2016, 12:00 am IST
Updated Dec 21, 2016, 12:14 am IST
She speaks to Bengaluru Chronicle sharing her experiences, what’s next in terms of films, how she lost 24 kilos, and much more.
Ragini Dwivedi
 Ragini Dwivedi

The svelte model decided to try her luck at films just five years ago with Veeramadakari. And she probably thanks her stars she did! Already a force to reckon with in the film industry, Ragini Dwivedi is pretty much the creme de la creme of Sandalwood. From glamorous roles, to complete action-oriented flicks, and even performing her own risky stunts, it is not surprising that Ragini has a diverse set of films lined up 2017.

From playing Jayalalithaa’s role in the multilingual venture Amma, to Naane Next CM and Gandhigiri, the beautiful doe-eyed beauty also has a few more interesting projects up her creative sleeve. She speaks to Bengaluru Chronicle sharing her experiences, what’s next in terms of films, how she lost 24 kilos, and much more.

 

“Apart from Amma, Naane Next CM and Gandhigiri, I have a couple of interesting projects including Huli Devara Kadu and few others in other languages as well. Insofar as Amma is concerned, it is a special multilingual film (shot straight in three mediums and dubbed in two languages). It was not easy to shoot in three languages, but it has diverse talent from other industries like Rajpal Yadav, Prashanth Narayan, Aanjjan Srivastav and other local talent too. Initially, we thought of shooting it in five languages (Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam) but that demanded a lot time, so we decided to shoot the film in three languages, and dub in the other two languages. If we had to do it in all five languages, I am sure it would become another Baahubali,” smiles Ragini Dwivedi.

 

The actress who is busy travelling these days for year-end events, appearances and shows, says she was thrilled to visit the North Karnataka region. “I have been visiting a lot of places in the North and coastal areas of Karnataka and they are many  unexplored places,” adds Ragini, who has lost almost 24 kg weight in a short span of time. According to her, last December, she was around 86 and now, she is 61 kg. I owe it to my dedicated team of dietitians and nutrition specialists, they keep me motivated enough to lose weight naturally,” says the pretty girl,

 

About Amma, she stresses that it is definitely not a biopic of any political personality, and definitely not about the life of former chief minister late Dr Jayalalithaa or another actress-turned-politician.

“Yes, there will be certain situational similarities with that of Jayalalithaa ji, but the script has been constantly changing due to change in circumstances. We have got an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the concerned persons and political parties. Moreover, it is about a strong woman who rose from being a nobody to a star. It is nowhere directly connected to any star or politically-related person. It also talks about one of the most important issues — the abuse of a girl child,” says the actress.

 

Her recent ventures have been clouded with political overtones, and she clarifies that it is not intentional. She feels lucky to play such important roles in such a short span in her career.

“Naane Next CM, too is in no way connected to any politician. In fact, it is about a common man questioning the system, and does not target any specific party. It is about governance and the common man. I feel blessed to have been involved in these solo ventures, especially with my little experience. A commercial film gets over in a duration whereas solo ventures take lots of time,” she adds.

 

The actress has high hopes for the next year thanks to the different genres of films she has been doing, and her recent transformation — the weight loss despite being such a huge foodie. “I love non-vegetarian, anyone who offers me vegetarian, I (will) hate them for a lifetime!” she jests in conclusion.

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