Rukmini worked for 17 hours straight for Birbal Trilogy

Rukmini worked for 17 hours straight for Birbal Trilogy

Rukmini Vasanth

Rukmini Vasanth made her debut into the Kannada film industry with Birbal Trilogy - Case 1: Finding Vajramuni, directed by M G Srinivas, that released on Friday. After graduating from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, she worked in theatre for a few years.
In a candid chat with Tini Sara Anien, she shares about her exciting journey in Sandalwood so far. 

What got you interested in acting?

I have always loved artforms and acting. My mother is a dancer, and I started dancing when I was six and theatre when I was 10. The idea of storytelling through my actions and word, which people could see what I was trying to explain was intoxicating. 

Is acting in the theatre and movies different? 

Both the spaces need a different kind of stamina. In theatre, one needs the energy to last through an hour or two straight in front of an audience, without a break.

In a film, one must be able to go through a scene or emotion, even up to 20 times until the perfect shot is achieved; each take has to be as fresh as before because one doesn’t know which one will be the right one. I realised only after my first shot for the film that when another take is done, it can’t be like a rewind. 

What about films brought you to Sandalwood?

I wanted to explore every style of storytelling. I had learned the basics of acting in my course which I wanted to put into practice. I work with an agency, and they informed me about ‘Birbal’. I went for the audition with my mother, did some readings, and we ended up spending hours with Srinivas sir and Sujay Shastry sir. It was a great experience and very motivating. I knew that I wanted to do the role. 

Tell us a bit about your role. 

I play the role of Jhanvi Bhargav, an advocate who works at the same law firm that Mahesh Das (played by M G Srinivas) works at. Jhanvi is an ambitious person and deals with different pressures by society. I always wanted to do a role which was beyond just making me look nice on screen and to be a prominent part of the story. This role was just that. 

How did you prepare for your role?

Apart from talking to a few lawyer friends, I didn’t do much. I didn’t watch too many similar films as I didn’t want to feel intimidated. We did a few workshops before the film. I had to tone down on the expressions as the camera magnifies the smallest thing one does unlike theatre.

How was your chemistry with Srinivas?

He is a great person to work with. He helped me with my Kannada. He was very supportive and knows how to motivate one to reach a particular goal. 

Any fun moments on the sets?

There were lots of fun moments. When we were shooting for the song ‘Ragini Madam’, I found a sack of popcorn lying around. My makeup artiste and I sat in my room, and we started eating it, while Srini sir was trying to find the sack. There was a time when we shot for 17 hours straight. I always had the patience to work on things I love for as long as it takes, but I am not sure if everyone would find that fun. 

Will you continue working in theatre?

A lot of people have asked me this question and the answer is yes. I want to continue working on stage and in front of the camera. Both these platforms challenge me in different ways, and I would like to continue both of them.

A genre in films you want to work with?

I would love to work in a romantic comedy, but would like to take a shot at everything.