Actress Lavanya Tripathi says she had to look younger than her usual self and even shed weight for forthcoming Telugu romantic drama "Srirastu Subhamastu", which also stars Allu Sirish in the lead.
"I play a college-going girl in the film. The role required me to look much younger and hence, I even lost about two to three kg to play the part convincingly," Lavanya told IANS.
Directed by Parasuram and produced by Geetha Arts, the film is slated to release on Friday.
Admitting that her role in the movie is quite similar to some of her previous roles; Lavanya said her director ensured it stood out.
"Working with Parasuram was amazing. The most important part of the film is how a director portrays his characters. Even though my character in the film isn't very different, the way my director sketched it, makes it unique," she said and added that Parasuram makes his actors perform very differently.
Doesn't she get bored of playing similar roles?
"Most of the characters I've played might look similar look-wise, but I bring something unique in their portrayal. For instance, in 'Andala Rakshasi', I played a strong character against a love backdrop. 'Doosukeltha', too, had a love backdrop and I played an easy-going girl.
"In 'Bhale Bhale Magadivoy', I played a sweet and kind girl. All these roles are more or less similar, but I essayed them differently," she said.
In this year's blockbuster "Soggade Chinni Nayana", Lavanya played a married woman with familial problems.
"When I ran into a popular director recently, he said, 'Lavanya, I don't know about your performance in your other films, but I loved it in 'Lacchimdeviki O Lekkundi'. This is the film I had signed even before 'Bhale Bhale...' and 'Soggade...', and it didn't do so well.
"However, people loved my performance and that's rewarding," she explained.
"Srirastu Subhamastu" marks her first time-collaboration with Sirish, and second time association with Geetha Arts.
"It was lovely working with Sirish, who is very down-to-earth and hardworking. Despite being a part of the production company, he didn't take the opportunity for granted. Working with Geetha Arts was like coming back home to family," she said.
Some portion of the project was shot in Kashmir, and recalling the enriching experience, Lavanya said: "We shot in Sonamarg, and it was so much fun. There was no mobile network, which gave us the opportunity to spend more time each other on the sets than get lost in the virtual world."