Deccan Chronicle

‘Glad people have taken me seriously’

Ivana says she chose acting over chartered accountanc­y

- SASHIDHAR ADIVI DECCAN CHRONICLE

Post the success of

(2022), Ivana has been offered several lead roles. In the upcoming

Let’s Get Married (LGM) bankrolled by MS

Dhoni and, directed by Ramesh Thamilmani, she plays Meera, the hero’s love interest. “My character is a broadminde­d girl, and keeps asking the hero to get used to everything,” she says.

Impressed with her earlier performanc­es, the film’s director called Ivana and narrated the script. “The moment I learnt that it was Dhoni who was bankrollin­g it, I said Yes. I am lucky and blessed to land the role,” the actress shares.

She didn’t have much prep to do, as the director wanted her to be spontaneou­s and natural. He wanted the dialogues to be conversati­onal, colloquial and realistic.

Asked if either Dhoni or his wife Sakshi had dropped in while shooting was going on, she replies in the negative. “But they have been constantly talking to the filmmakers and keeping a tab on what’s happening. They were very involved and paid great attention to details,” she clarifies. Ivana had a fan girl moment when she met Dhoni at the film’s prerelease event.

Acknowledg­ing that Love Today was a turning point in her career, she describes the Pradeep Ranganatha­n directoria­l as a ‘career-changing’ film. “Before that film, I wasn’t sure whether to take up acting or not. I was considerin­g becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA). But after Love Today, I decided to become an actress,” she says, adding that she is glad that people have taken her seriously and filmmakers are writing roles for her.

LGM,

 ?? ?? LOVE TODAY IS A ‘CAREER-CHANGING’ FILM. BUT THAT FILM, I WASN’T SURE WHETHER TO TAKE UP ACTING OR NOT. I WAS CONSIDERIN­G BECOMING A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT (CA). BUT AFTER IT’S SUPER SUCESS I DECIDED TO BECOME AN ACTRESS. I AM GLAD THAT FILMMAKERS ARE WRITING ROLES FOR ME. FOR HER UPCOMING FILM
I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH PREP TO DO, AS THE DIRECTOR WANTED ME TO BE SPONTANEOU­S AND NATURAL.”
Ivana
LOVE TODAY IS A ‘CAREER-CHANGING’ FILM. BUT THAT FILM, I WASN’T SURE WHETHER TO TAKE UP ACTING OR NOT. I WAS CONSIDERIN­G BECOMING A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT (CA). BUT AFTER IT’S SUPER SUCESS I DECIDED TO BECOME AN ACTRESS. I AM GLAD THAT FILMMAKERS ARE WRITING ROLES FOR ME. FOR HER UPCOMING FILM I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH PREP TO DO, AS THE DIRECTOR WANTED ME TO BE SPONTANEOU­S AND NATURAL.” Ivana

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