Sanvikaa says she had to beat lots of 'big names' to play Rinki in Panchayat: 'I was selected because...' | Exclusive

Panchayat actress Sanvikaa talks to DNA about how life-changing the show has been for her

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Sanvikaa says she had to beat lots of 'big names' to play Rinki in Panchayat: 'I was selected because...' | Exclusive
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Panchayat has been one of the many success stories of TVF in the streaming space. The slice-of-life show about a reluctant Pachayat secretary in a nondescript UP village has continued to win hearts into its third season. One of the breakout stars of the show has been Sanvikaa, who plays the village chief’s (pradhan) daughter Rinki. In an exclusive chat with DNA, the actress talks about how the show has changed her life.

Sanvikaa says that she is inundated with so many congratulatory messages that she loses track of them now. “There are so many messages every day on Instagram, and such sweet messages. I end up missing so many of them because of the sheer number of them. So many people are showering so much love that it is overwhelming. I am very grateful,” says the actress.

Ask her how her life has changed post the success of Panchayat and Sanvikaa says it still has not sunk in. She explains, “I still haven’t realised if it is big or not. My friends congratulate me and get so happy. My family calls me and tell me that people re congratulating them. So, their happiness makes me happy. Otherwise, as an actor, I stay neutral. I don’t get too happy when I am doing good or too sad when I am doing bad.”


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This was the actress’ first big project and she says she had to beat out a lot of ‘big names’ for it. “There were a lot of big names in consideration for my role. But I was chosen because I look that simple, desi girl,” she says, adding “If you look at all the actors in Panchayat, they all have that rawness to them. It looks real. I think I was chosen for the same reason that I was very close to that Rinki who is a village girl but slightly modern. I am so blessed that I have been able to reach so many people at this young age.”

Panchayat also stars Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Chandan Roy, Faisal Malik, Durgesh Kumar, Pankaj Jha, and Sunita Rajwar in pivotal roles. The third season of the show was released on Amazon Prime Video earlier this month.

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