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I would love to work with Mani Ratnam someday: Shweta Tripathi

Shweta Tripathi, who made her Tamil debut with Mehandi Circus recently, says one has to be open to doing any role as long as the story is strong.

Shweta Tripathi is upbeat these days and for good reason. The Masaan girl, who made her Tamil debut with Mehandi Circus recently, says one has to be open to doing any role as long as the story is strong. The actor hasn’t limited herself to Bollywood, she adds. “I am equally happy to be a part of regional cinema and web series. As a performer, I am not terrified to explore a language unknown,” she smiles.

Shweta tells,

how she bagged her Tamil debut, Mehandi Circus. “I was approached for this film because the makers had watched Masaan. Filmmaker Saravana Rajendran didn’t know Hindi or English, like how I am unfamiliar with Tamil. Even then I wanted to go ahead with the project as I fell in love with my character. It was a gut feeling. Also, Raju Murugan was one of the main reasons why I came on board. I have watched Cuckoo and Joker. They were brilliant.”

Though Rangaraj is the male lead of Mehandi Circus, Shweta Tripathi says her character drives the story forward. “The fact that I chose Mehandi Circus is that I am settling for nothing but the best. I will continue to pick roles that are strong irrespective of their language. I might not be the ‘hero’ but if you take my character out of the story, it won’t be the same. I like to shoulder such films,” notes Shweta.

Playing a ‘circus girl’ wasn’t easy, she admits. “Knives were thrown towards me and they had sharp edges. Though they were made of cardboard, it felt like the real ones. My director was extremely particular that I don’t blink or duck but keep myself poised throughout,” Shweta grins.

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