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Lakshman gets candid about Raavan

Nikhil Dwivedi, who plays the role etched around Lakshman in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, looked visibly excited about his latest release and was all praises for director Mani Ratnam.

entertainment Updated: Jun 19, 2010 18:45 IST
Amrah Ashraf

Nikhil Dwivedi"I am on Ram’s team and together we fight Ravana," said actor Nikhil Dwivedi who plays the role etched around Lakshman in Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus Raavan. The actor looked visibly excited about his latest release and was all praises for director Mani Ratnam.

“When Mani Sir approached me for the role, I did not even bat an eye lid. My main attraction to the role was Mani Sir himself. I knew he would do justice to my role because he beautifully etches out each and every character,” said Dwivedi.

The actor who is only two films old confessed that working on Raavan with the likes of Mani Ratnam, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Govinda was a real learning experience for him. “I spent one whole year learning on the sets of Raavan. I used the opportunity to refine my acting skills. They are absolutely great people and it is one experience which I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I feel I have grown as an actor,” Dwivedi told hindustantimes.com.

A die-hard Govinda fan, he said, “I absolutely adore Govinda. Working with him in Raavan is definitely one of the most memorable moments of my life. I am a huge fan.”

The actor was supposed to do a nude scene in the film but later he backed out. “I was always reluctant about doing a nude scene. All I can say is that I am shy and I conveyed it to Mani Sir. He completely understood my apprehensions and used a body double instead. I don’t think I can ever do a nude scene.”

Quiz him whether his appearance at IIFA Awards has caused any strife between him and director Mani Ratnam, Dwivedi said, “It’s all media speculation. We were given no directives to not attend IIFA Awards. It was left to each individual’s choice. Despite what people might say, everything is fine between me and Mani Sir.”

The actor who will next be seen in Shor, a Balaji Production and Basra, Abhay Deol's maiden production, said that he is keen to work with Farah Khan. “Farah’s style of direction reminds me of Vijay Anand and Manmohan Shetty. I grew up watching their films and Farah embodies both their styles,” he ended.