Meeting Lavanya Tripathi is a refreshing experience. Her bubbly charm soon gets to you as she exuberantly reveals her excitement about her upcoming Tamil debut movie Bramman. What’s more, even before its release, she has bagged a film opposite Gautham Karthik. In a chat with CE, the chirpy Tollywood actor opens up on movies and how she got to live her dream.
Lavanya was born in Ayodhya in UP, grew up in Dehradun, and moved to Mumbai before entering Southern cinema. Ask her how she found her way into Tollywood, and she says, “ I always wanted to be in showbiz. But my lawyer dad was clear that studies came first. So I completed my Economics degree from National College, Mumbai, before I took the plunge into modelling.”
The face of Fair and Lovely, she continued modelling and did a stint on TV, before films took over. “Movies happened when a friend suggested I audition for the Telugu film Andala Rakshasi. I was familiar with the South since I had done some ads here. But the requirement was for a girl with no glamour or make up. So armed with some photos, I approached director Hanu Raghavapudi. He liked something about me and I was selected!” she recalls.
She bagged the best debutant award from Maa TV for the role later. The movie proved to be the launch vehicle for both Lavanya and her co-star Naveen Chandra, who, strangely enough, are debuting together in Tamil with Bramman!
Lavanya’s second Telugu film Doosukeltha opposite Vishnu Manchu also proved successful and gave her a firm foothold in Tollywood. Speaking about Bramman, she reveals, “I play an aspiring journalist called Gayathrie. The film, being a Sasikumar starrer, is a huge break for me. It’s a commercial film with a realistic touch, and I could relate to the character.” Bramman is directed by Kamal Hassan’s former assistant director Socrates and is releasing this week.
And it looks like her looks and talent have captured the imagination of both industries, for Gautham Menon will be casting her in his production opposite Gautham Karthik, next. “It’s a bi-lingual and I play the challenging role of a deaf girl,” says Lavanya. The actor is firm about future choices. “I’m fine with glamour, but my role should be meaningful and leave a mark,” she says.