For someone who is shy and hadn’t taken up theatre during her growing years, taking up films as a career came as a surprise for Ritu Varma. Even her parents were surprised by her decision. “I hail from a middle-class family with no film background, and took up engineering,” she begins. But acting in a short film, changed paths for her, as director Tharun Bhascker spotted her in that film and cast her in the Telugu film Pelli Choopulu. “Once I took up films, I’ve somehow grown to like the craft. My parents were shocked, obviously. But the people I’ve worked with were professional and they were convinced,” she says.
The actress, who is all set to make her Tamil debut with Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal, opposite Dulquer Salmaan, and Dhruva Natchathiram with Vikram was recently in the city, chilling out in a coffee shop, listening to scripts. “I love coming to Chennai. There’s something about the vibe here. I also love the fact that this place has a lot of quaint coffee shops. This time, though, my visit is a mix of professional and personal work. I heard some narrations. Let’s see,” smiles Ritu.
With Pelli Choopulu opening the door of opportunity for Ritu in Kollywood, the actress says she couldn’t have been happier. “I’ve always wanted to do movies in Tamil as I am huge fan of the films that are being made here. I watch Tamil films from time to time. I loved Aruvi, and very recently, 96. So, after doing Pelli Choopulu, I started getting offers. In fact, Dhruva Natchathiram was among the first to come by. People here saw the Telugu film and suggested my name to Gautham sir. They asked me to come to Chennai for look tests. It is a beautiful role. Everyone knows how Gautham sir portrays his heroines and my role, too, is a well-written one. I do have a day of shoot left, though,” informs Ritu.
Talking about Dhruva Natchathiram, we can’t help asking her about Vikram. The actress tells us that though she found him to be a chilled out person, she was initially anxious while working with him. “I was very nervous as he was the first superstar I was working with. Generally, you have a perception, right? That they might not talk to you, and might have attitude… But he is not like that. He is nice, encouraging and never made me feel like a newcomer. His energy is always high,” she says.