I have derived inspiration for my character in Maharshi from the Netflix series, Suits
says Meenakshi Dixit, who plays Mahesh Babu's companion in the film
Who can forget Mahesh Babu's title track Nee dookudu in Dookudu (2011)? The song went on to become a chartbuster and Meenakshi Dixit, who danced with Mahesh in that special number, came to the limelight. The Raebareli girl has once again teamed up with her Dookudu co-star in his upcoming action drama, Maharshi. “I will be seen as Nidhi, an ultramodern, stylish girl, who was born and raised in New York (Manhattan). She becomes a companion to Rishi (Mahesh) and is quite fond of him. They share emotions and she is someone who is always there for him. It's a challenging role and my acting experience was totally different," says Meenakshi.
The actor says she has derived inspiration from a popular Netflix series to pull off her character from Maharshi. “I’ve watched all the eight episodes of Suits and found that the character of Rachel Zane (played by Meghan Markle) has similarities to Nidhi. Watching Meghan's performance helped me understand this role better,” she adds.
Meticulous research went behind every dress that Meenakshi’s role will be wearing and her designers, Ashwin Reddy and Rajesh worked closely with director Vamshi Paidipally to bring the desired look. “I will be sporting two different looks in the film, and my director wanted them to be subtle and natural. So, I changed my hairstyle, chose to go for an all-nude makeup face and used mascara to make my eyes look bright. My designers sourced my attire from Mumbai and other places. Everything had to be stitched and I’m sure my costumes will be way ahead of our times,” she says.
On working with Mahesh, she says, “A lot has changed since Dookudu. Back then, I wasn’t serious about pursuing a career in the industry. As years passed by, I’ve become a matured person and made a mark across industries. And Maharshi came to me at an appropriate time and it feels fantastic to work with Mahesh garu again. He is an amazing person and is chilled out on the sets.”
Does she have a dance number with Mahesh? “No...I will be seen in a montage song. I think people have seen enough of me dancing and it’s time they get to see the different side of me as an actor,” she signs off.