Filming for director Abrid Shine Mahaveeryar’s next film, which has Nivin Pauly and Asif Ali as male protagonists, has started in Rajasthan. Actress Kannada Shanvi Srivastava is the heroine and the actress says she is thrilled to be making her debut in the Malayalam industry.

She says, “We had workshops for a few days and the shooting has just started. From now on I hone my riding skills, learn a bit of Rajasthani folk dance etc. Ask Shanvi about the character as she says, “I can’t divulge anything right now, but there is a hint of all of the above that I can play.”

She will have to deliver her dialogues in Malayalam, but Shanvi does not take any language training, unlike many non-Malayali actors who work here. She said confidently, “I know Malayalam is not a language you can learn in a week or a month. But although I am from Varanasi, I learned Telugu and Kannada and made films in these languages. So, I hope that someday I can speak Malayalam as well. For now, I’m learning dialogues on the go.

Shanvi received an agreement 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 artist with the right curl. We first spoke on 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 films in Malayalam, with Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Kumbalangi Nights and CU Soon as her recent favorites. “I have always admired Mollywood for its content. As an actor you get a lot of satisfaction because you can do something new and exciting. And that was basically my driving force to say yes to this movie, ”she says.