For someone who dabbled in a couple of English independent films in the USA, diving straight into the character of a Telugu conservative girl was a tough ask for Salony Luthra. A traditional-yet-independent woman in her 30s in Telugu light-hearted comedy ‘Bhanumathi Ramakrishna’, the actor falls in love with her character Bhanumati who faces the world of prejudices and taboos.
The movie gets released on OTT platform aha on Friday. “It’s a story being told in her perspective how Bhanumati at that particular age of 30 handles societal pressure to get married and how this working woman, who doesn’t like mediocre men, falls in love with an “interesting mediocre” person Ramakrishna in her office. Bhanumathi has strong cultural values that she has inherited from her father. Besides how her dad supports her and respects her choices, there is a lot more in the story,” Salony says.
Of awards & short-films
The Naveen Chandra-starrer Tamil crime thriller ‘Sarabham’ which launched Salony, had won her the Best Actress award. She admits that sharing screen space with Naveen for the second time in ‘Bhanumathi Ramakrishna’ was quite an enriching experience. Her role of a blind girl in the Tamil short-film ‘Oliyum Oliyum’, too, has earned her accolades. Later, she went on to do international films ‘Forbidden’ and ‘Turned Out’’. The Hindi short-film ‘Kajol’ also had gone places winning film festival awards at various events.
Shimla-born actor Salony mastered her craft as a theatre artiste in Mumbai and Pondicherry before entering the mainstream cinema. “I like to do realistic roles and mostly characters and stories which empower women. I like the empowering element in ‘Bhanumati Ramakrishna’ story when director Srikanth Nagoti first narrated it to me. Although I didn’t connect with the character in the first chat, I later got convinced when he approached me with the full story. I like the fact that a director like Srikanth has a positive approach on highlighting sensitive female topics which nobody talks about. He has a good detailing on how women are being perceived when they reach a certain age. I was equally surprised by the director’s insight and the message he wants to deliver through it,’ she adds.
Salony has something interesting in store as she plays an Indian ethnic girl who fights the system in the US in her upcoming film ‘Turned Out’. A stark and serious film, ‘Turned Out’ is about the girl in the movie who is of a mixed ethnicity, born and raised in New York,” she says.
To get the opportunity and work in independent films in a foreign land, Salony had her share of hard work and dedication that she put in over a period of time. “Before the screening part, I learnt the action part with one of the best people in Hollywood. Later, practising American diction to get into the skin of the character was quite challenging. I’ve been doing so many serious films and at some point I wanted to do light-hearted films,” she shares.
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