Hyderabad: Even small roles and blink-and-you’ll-miss appearances in Vijay Deverakonda-starrer Arjun Reddy have managed to hog some limelight. Such was the impact of the film when it was released in 2017. In an unimaginable way, the movie had also kick-started Lahari Shari’s filmy career as she played the junior doctor who was seen assisting the disturbed medical doctor Arjun Reddy (Vijay Deverakonda).
Sandeep Reddy Vanga had an unusual sense of picking up his characters. “Spotting me from a distance when I went to drop my friend for the film audition, director Sandeep Reddy came to me and asked whether I could do a small role in his film which, he said, ‘perfectly suits you’,” shares Lahari who ended up with the role of a junior doctor.
“I had no prior experience of acting. And seeing people on the sets on my first day, I broke down. Vijay Deverakonda and Sandeep had to console me and give me strength. Since then, there was no looking back. The movie changed my life and opened up a whole new world. Later, I played a key character in Sumanth’s comeback flick Malli Raava, Nithiin’s Srinivasa Kalyanam, Sree Vishnu’s Thippara Meesam. Movies were never a dream but it happened out of the blue,” says Lahari, who had a satisfying stint as a film journalist and news presenter in various media outlets.
Lahari has some interesting films lined up — a Telugu remake of Malayalam film Joseph, starring senior actor Rajasekhar, the Telugu remake of Andhadun starring Nithiin, and Sudheer Varma’s upcoming film. “Apart from these, I am playing a lead role in two Kannada films ‘Grama’ and ‘Sea Shore’. ‘Grama’ is simultaneously getting released in Telugu as ‘Ramapuram’. I play a character who investigates a village after people abandon it for a very mysterious reason. It’s going to be an out-and-out comedy entertainer,” she adds.
Lahari has two web series on aha as well. “I play a Keralite in the upcoming series ‘Ala Adhi Parichayam’ which has seven episodes. The story is about a girl who was spotted by a man while travelling in a train and forges a marriage alliance. Interestingly, someone from the groom’s side comes to the girl and narrates the same story to her, unaware of the fact. When he narrates the story to the girl, she patiently listens to him. The narrative appears to her as a fresh breeze. Just to know the perspective of the hero, she keeps on listening to him till the end.”