She says, “We had workshops for a few days and the shoot has just started. As of now I am brushing up my horse-riding skills, learning a bit of Rajasthani folk dance and the like.” Ask Shanvi about the character as she says, “I can’t divulge anything yet, but there is a hint of all the above that I get to perform.”
She will have to deliver her dialogues in Malayalam, but Shanvi isn’t taking any language training, unlike many non-Malayali actors who work here. She says with confidence, “I know Malayalam isn’t a language that one can learn in a week or a month. But though I hail from Varanasi, I have learnt Telugu and Kannada and have done movies in those languages. So, I hope one day I will be able to speak Malayalam also well. As of now, I am learning the dialogues on the go.”
Shanvi received an okay for the project in January. “Abrid Shine sir was initially looking for a Malayali girl to play the character, but I guess he wasn’t getting the artiste with the right loop. We spoke for the first time over an online video call. He asked me to say a dialogue, which I did and eventually, I came to Kerala and met the team,” reveals Shanvi.
The actress says she watches Malayalam films, with Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Kumbalangi Nights and C U Soon as her recent favourites. “I have always admired Mollywood for its content. As an actor, you get a lot of satisfaction, as you get to do something new and exciting. And that was basically my driving force to say yes to this film,” she says.