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The Verdict - State vs Nanavati: Being British with Elli AvrRam

Elli AvrRam who recently made her digital debut with the ALTBalaji and ZEE5 series, The Verdict- State vs Nanavati talks to Manisha Karki about the real-life-inspired show, her controversial role and sharing screen space with stalwarts

The show is based on a real-life event. Were you aware of this case before signing the show?

Yes, I was. In fact, I think, three years or four years back, I was approached for the role of Sylvia. So that was the time when I read on this case and I got to know about it. But then, of course, for our project, I read about it again, and actually, from the script itself, I got to know so much. There are so much of details of what actually happened, which no one knows.

How did you get under the skin of Sylvia Nanavati and what research did you do for the character?

You don’t find much information about Sylvia. But whatever I could find, gave me a better understanding. The script itself gave me so much. What I did was that I coloured my hair lighter to look more British because Sylvia was British. I worked on my English accent. And I worked on my body language. I even created like a playlist with songs from the ‘50s, which I made Sylvia’s playlist. I used a special perfume, an old-school fragrance. So these were my tools, which helped me to step into Sylvia’s world. I put myself in her position to understand her, how would she feel, how would she stand in the courtroom, how would she face the world.

The show also features talented actors like Manav Kaul, Sumeet Vyas, Soni Razdan, Saurabh Shukla, Makrand Deshpande and others. How was it sharing screen space them?

Oh, it was a wonderful experience. And it was such a privilege that I got to work with all these wonderful actors. Each and every scene became so much more powerful, you know. It was beautiful. I feel really blessed that I got to be a part of this beautiful project and that I got to portray Sylvia. With such wonderful actors on board there was so much to learn from them.

This is your digital debut. How is doing a web show different from doing a film?

There is no difference I would say, because as an actor I’m just doing the same thing. I’m stepping into my character and delivering the scenes.

How do you look at the digital space?

I think it’s great. In fact, I’m very happy. It’s giving opportunity to so many people. Now, I feel there are so many actors who are getting a chance to go for auditions, to get a role in a great project. There’s so much more work happening right now. And this is for everyone, which is beautiful. Also these platforms help you to prove yourself as an actor. It’s great for everyone who is in the creative world, even for directors who get to create their vision as they don’t have to make compromises. You literally get to create what you want to create, movies or shows, which you otherwise can’t do easily. Your work also reaches a larger audience. There are so many things you have to think of when you produce a movie.

What are your upcoming projects?

I have another show coming on Amazon Prime as well. I’m part of Inside Edge. Then I have two South movies releasing and I have another Bollywood movie as well that’s going to release next year.

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