Vaishnavi Chaitanya takes ‘Baby’ steps in the Telugu film industry

A social media influencer, she played Ravi Teja's sister in 'Touch Chesi Choodu' and Allu Arjun's in 'Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo'.

ByY Sunita

Published Jul 09, 2023 | 10:30 AMUpdatedAug 10, 2023 | 1:10 PM

Vaishnavi Chaitanya

A social media influencer turning into a heroine is in itself a big achievement. And 22-year-old Vaishnavi Chaitanya is all set to achieve this milestone.

The young lass is making her debut as a female lead with Baby on 14 July.

The actor was seen in not-so-significant roles in Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020) and Ravi Teja’s Touch Chesi Choodu (2018) earlier.

On her film Baby

Anand Deverakonda and Vaishnavi Chaitanya in Baby

Anand Deverakonda and Vaishnavi Chaitanya in ‘Baby’. (iamvaishnavi04/ Twitter)

“I am from the Old City in Hyderabad,” Vaishnavi Chaitanya told South First, with a hint of pride.

“All these days, the small roles I played in other films were like bricks. But the character I portray in Baby is the major pillar of the story. Many people felt that I am not capable of playing a lead role since I am an influencer. But Baby would clear doubts,” the actress said.

She says Baby is an intense love story where she pairs up with Anand Deverakonda. “Love is a beautiful but also a painful emotion.  It is not the same every day. Situations change a person from being positive to negative.”

She further added, “I play Vaishnavi in the film and my character has quite many similarities with my real-life character. She goes with the flow. In real life, I am a cheerful person.”

Also Read: Commercial films need no grammar: ‘Rangabali’ director Pawan Basamsetti

Interest in acting

Vaishnavi Chaitanya in Baby

Vaishnavi Chaitanya in ‘Baby’. (iamvaishnavi04/ Twitter)

Vaishnavi Chaitanya began learning Kuchipudi and Western dance. Later, she tried YouTube videos and entered films through a casting director. She did short films, too, which were widely seen.

She developed an interest in acting while in college and even told her mother that she wants to pursue a career in films.

Vaishnavi vividly remembers her mother’s reaction. “Well, my mom was not surprised. She said she was expecting it. She saw me being dramatic with the family all the time. Also, I was spending time in front of the mirror. Somehow, she knew I was up to something.”

The actor recalled: “It wasn’t a cakewalk though. I gave a lot of auditions for character roles whenever there was an advertisement or a casting call.”

Rejections and responsibilities

Baby releasing on 14 July

‘Baby’ is releasing on 14 July. (iamvaishnavi04/ Twitter)

About facing rejection, Vaishnavi Chaitanya remarked, “Every time I was rejected, I used to get upset. They would take my audition and say that they would get back. But I’d never get a call. The rejections did impact me. At a point, I thought I was not cut out for acting.”

The young lass hastened to add: “I was trying to figure out what went wrong and did many short-form content like Dubsmash, Tik Tok, reels, etc. That made me enter YouTube.”

The practice helped her a lot and films were always at the back of her mind. Whenever she had a bad day, she would wake up the next morning with a dream and would go after it.

“I had familial responsibilities, too, which came my way when I was in Class IX or X. I would take up a job as a background dancer at the audio launch of a film and clear my financial issues. And then, I’d get back to trying for a movie again,” Vaishnavi Chaitanya recollected.

Also Read: ‘Rudrangi’: Jagapathi Babu shine in this not-so-convincing fiction

From Insta reels to heroine

Vaishnavi Chaitanya

Vaishnavi Chaitanya. (Vaishnavi Chaitanya/ Instagram)

Meanwhile, the content in the YouTube videos was getting appreciated and her Instagram, too, got a positive response. She always knew that she had it in her, but had to learn more and try more.

It was frustrating not being able to reach there, but finally, the youngster made it.

Vaishnavi played Ravi Teja’s sister in Touch Chesi Choodu and Allu Arjun’s sibling in Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.

When asked how she utilised her time during the pandemic, Vaishnavi Chaitanya said, “Lockdown was difficult for me like anyone else. Earlier, I would have scope to do videos, but nothing much happened that time.”

Before everything returned to normalcy, she hogged the spotlight through her Instagram reels which she did during the pandemic.

“The time before I signed Baby was more like a practice session. But now, my real-time in Tollywood begins. I gave my 200 percent to Baby and can’t wait to watch on the silver screen,” she signed off.

Also Read: ‘Rangabali’ falls slightly short of becoming a hit for Naga Shaurya