Actor Avantika Shetty, who was last seen in 'RangiTaranga' and 'Kalpana 2', returns in the role of college-goer in 'Rajaratha'. The actor began her career on the small screen and worked in short films before making her appearance in 'RangiTaranga'.
Avantika's experience in television serials prepared her for a career in the film industry. The films she is working in have given her the freedom to add her own flavour to the character. The actor is glad that her contribution to all the projects is more than just acting.
In an interview with Nina C George, Avantika talks about her entry into the film industry and more.
What is different about 'Rajaratha'?
I had heard the script of 'Rajaratha' when Anup Bhandari was still working on it. But I didn't know that I would be a part of the project till I got a call from the crew a year ago.
I agreed to it because I admire Anup's unique skills when it comes to telling a story. I also like his style of narration. Like 'RangiTaranga', 'Rajaratha' looks at the most ordinary things from a different perspective.
How do you relate to your character?
It took me a while to connect to my character because it is different from how I am in real life. I play a very soft-spoken and shy girl in the film. I remember that I was very outgoing and almost like a tomboy in college.
I think I still carry some of those traits with me even today. After a lot of hard work, I have managed to strike a connection with the character.
On working with Nirup...
I am very comfortable working with both Nirup and Anup. I have the freedom to openly tell Nirup about what works and what doesn't. I don't have to think twice before saying anything to him.
What were some of the preparations that you have done for your role?
I had to lose some weight and I worked on toning up my body. We have made all efforts to match the look to the body language of the character.
You have had a lot of love stories coming your way. What is your take on love?
I believe love can change a person from within, but I don't believe that someone should change his or her personality just to fit into the another person's scheme of things.
How is working in television different from films?
Work in the film industry is less monotonous compared to the television industry. Unlike in television where you play the same character, films give you the opportunity to work on different characters.
What do you do in your spare time?
I am now learning martial arts. Since I don't like working out in a gym, I do a lot of running and train outdoors.
What is your mantra to beat stress?
I don't get stressed over anything. In fact, I get excited about the smallest of things. I also do a lot of meditation which helps me tide over tough times.