I am the biggest critic of myself: Ragini Dwivedi
Born to an army family, little did she think that she would one day become an actor. Good in sports, this Sandalwood starlet wanted to represent India in Basketball
We get talking with beauteous Ragini Dwivedi about her two years in Bangalore and her latest Mollywood flick, Kandahar. The actor has been living in the city for just two years now, yet she speaks fluent Kannada, and has already conversing Telegu too. Learning a new language, she says, is an advantage. “Many people think I am born and brought up in the city, well, that’s not the truth. I came here two years ago. Prior to which, I was in Delhi”. “This year has been a year of transformation for me. I learnt Kannada, and a bit of Telegu and Tamil."
In her latest Mollywood flick, Kandahar, Ragini shares the screen space with eminent actors like Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan. “Sharing the screen space with somebody like Bachchan sir could only be a dream. I am thrilled to have got an opportunity to be a part of the movie like Kandahar,” exclaims Ragini. Speaking about her experience, she adds, “Every industry has a different way to work. I think the industry out there is more organized, but, I can definitely not compare that with Sandalwood. Every industry has a different way of working. The industry out here started late, so, we will take some time to reach where they stay today. It is all about seniority I guess. I think the rate we are growing is very phenomenal.”
Ragini started her career as a model. Soon after five months in the industry she started to get movie offers, but she was in no hurry. “Modeling started two years ago. I thank Prasad Bidapa for all that he has done for me. I was a tomb boy, a basket ball player who would have never thought to become an actor, or even a model. I lost almost 30 kilos in the last two years”. “I started to get film offers just after five months of modeling, but I wanted to take some time before getting taking up a project,” explains Ragini. So, should we be surprised to see you doing something in Bollywood? “Not really,” laughs the actor. “In fact, I am already getting a lot of projects , but again, I want to take some time before doing a movie there. First movie always matters – it’s more like a benchmark.” Was it the same for Sandalwood? She replies, “Of course, I bagged almost all awards in my first movie, and got a lot of appreciation by people around.”
A strong believer of destiny, Ragini is presently working in two movies simultaneously. “Now, all I think of is movies – everything else has taken a back seat. I am working for Kempe Gowda and Kanchana at the same time. Both the movies show me in different looks, and nothing is similar about each other. It’s challenging for me. I am happy that 2010 has been a great year with so many great movies. I am looking forward to the next year now.”
A student of BA in Journalism, Ragini is her own critic. He often spends time to skim through her movies to see what could have been better. “The day you are satisfied with yourself, I think, that’s when you reach the peak. I always look for improvement, and see if there was a scope for betterment. My parents, too, are very helpful and often help me check on what I have missed,” she says. Ask her on about her New Year resolution, and she is quick to reply. “To make many, many good movies. Well, on the serious note, I am not really good with resolutions, so I don’t think I will have one.”