After having enthralled the audience in urban-centric roles, Ritu Varma will be seen in the role of a small-town girl in her upcoming film Tuck Jagadish. The Shiva Nirvana directorial will feature the actress in the role of Village Administrative Officer (VAO).
“The entire film is set in a village, so I will also be seen in half-sarees for the first time too,” she shares, adding that her role was a welcome change.
“Having been born and raised in Hyderabad I have never been to villages. But for this role we shot in real village locations at Rajahmundry and Pollachi. It was a great learning experience,” beams the Pelli Choopulu star.
She says Tuck Jagadish is a family entertainer that has all the flavours of commercial cinema. To play the part of a VRO, Ritu did her research to make the role look authentic. “I have watched videos of VROs, and tried to emulate their style of talking and body language. I also spoke to a few of them,” she says.
Revealing that she bonded big time with her co-star Nani, Ritu says “I realised we are both Pisceans, so we had several things in common. Although we shared a screen for Yevade Subramanyam, this time around both of us got to know each other a lot more,” Ritu shares.
The just released teaser of Tuck Jagadish has had a great response.
Ritu is glad that she has three more projects lined up back to back in Telugu and Tamil. “This is a great phase and actually this should have happened last year, but due to the pandemic things were delayed,” she says.
In another film, Ninnila Ninnila, Ritu will be seen as Tara, a Chef with OCD. “In the film, I don’t even like touching people and objects without gloves,” she laughs, adding that the Ani Sasi directorial was entirely shot in the UK.
“There was a chef on the sets to help us with a few scenes, and I also watched a lot of videos to play the role,” she reveals.
“Filmmakers are approaching me for bilingual films, so I have realised my films are being accepted and appreciated by a larger section of audience,” says the Keshava actress.
Does she call this phase a purple patch, we ask? “I am enjoying this phase, but my best is yet to come,” Ritu asserts....