2018 actress Tanvi Ram: 'I'm scared of water but enjoy scuba diving and river rafting!'

Tanvi confesses that the number of trips has significantly gone down since she came into the movies. Photo: Special Arrangement

Young starlet Tanvi Ram conquered the hearts of Malayali moviegoers with her innocent smile and incredible performance in her debut movie ‘Ambili’. The year 2023 has so far been amazing for her, delivering some memorable performances in successful movies.

She played a pivotal role in the biggest blockbuster of the year ‘2018’ and is awaiting the release of a handful of movies. She also played prominent roles in movies like ‘Mukundan Unni Associates’ and ‘Kumari’.

Interestingly, Tanvi is an avid travel lover who enjoys immersing herself in the bustling city of Bengaluru. She also loves to refresh her body and soul by taking trips to enchantingly beautiful places that are abundantly blessed by nature. In a candid chat with us, Tanvi says that her trips are like her movies; some happen spontaneously while others take time and meticulous planning. However, the actress is happy that she manages to find time to enjoy both her passions.

Movies and travelling
Tanvi confesses that the number of trips has significantly gone down since she came into the movies. Apparently, she used to travel more when she was working in Bengaluru. “It is true that I haven’t gone on too many trips after entering the films. Nevertheless, I find time to plan a trip amid my busy schedule. I had already covered places like Leh and Ladakh in 2012. I haven’t been able to travel much in the last two years as I am not staying in Bengaluru. It is for the first time that I have stayed away from Bengaluru for such a long time.

There, I used to go on trips with my colleagues in the office or with my family members. Now, I am not able to travel as much as I would like to, because I got busy in the movies. I still go on trips with my family." she says. 

She celebrated her father’s birthday recently, at a resort in Kuttikanam. "We stayed at a resort for two days. The events that they planned for us were amazing. Moreover, the rains and the cool weather were extremely beautiful and relaxing,” says Tanvi.

There are some things that you should experience at least once in your life. Visiting spectacular places like Kashmir is one of them, says Tanvi. Photo: Special Arrangement

A nature lover
The actress says she has mostly travelled to places that are blessed by nature. "I like adventure activities like trekking. The trip to Leh – Ladakh was unforgettable. This year, one of my college friends and me spontaneously planned a trip to Kashmir. Both of us haven’t been to Kashmir earlier. We flew from Bengaluru to Delhi and from there we reached Srinagar via Jammu. As we had already intimated a travel coordination company, a vehicle was waiting for us as soon as we landed there," she remembers

A ride in a shikara boat through the Dal Lake would allow you to enjoy the scintillating beauty of Kashmir in all its grace, says Tanvi. "There are some things that you should experience at least once in your life. Visiting spectacular places like Kashmir is one of them. On the next day, we travelled to Gulmarg and Tanmarg. We could travel in our vehicles only until Gulmarg; after that, we had to hire vehicles that are altered to travel smoothly in the snow. It is a place covered with snow-capped mountains and slippery land. So, the tyres of the vehicles are connected using chains to prevent slipping on the roads."

When the duo reached the summit in that vehicle, an exciting ride in a gondola cable car awaited them. "The mesmerizing view of the mountains and the valleys covered in pure white snow is truly breathtaking. I am someone who enjoys adventure activities like mountain climbing. I had even driven a bike during our trip to Leh – Ladakh. From Tanmarg we went to Pahalgam on the next day. We had travelled via Pulwama on horseback. You have no other way of transport there."

Tanvi confesses she was a bit upset about hurting the horses. "However, that was the only available means of transport. There are hundreds of horses in this region. Moreover, the people of the locality earn their living by offering horse rides. We were able to cover almost all the important places in Kashmir. It is a fact that we cannot have all the good things at once. While I was enjoying a fabulous Kashmir trip, my new movie ‘Enkilum Chandrike’ was released in Kerala. I missed the first day of the movie as I was not here,” notes Tanvi.

Tanvi says she doesn’t mind calling herself a person with an adventurous streak. Photo: Special Arrangement

Adventure seeker
Tanvi vows that she has already tried a few adventure activities in life. Now, she wishes to try skydiving. She says she doesn’t mind calling herself a person with an adventurous streak. Once she visited Lakshadweep and tried scuba diving there. And this is despite being scared of water, reveals the actress! 

Apparently, even though she had a pond at her ancestral home and had even learned to swim, she was always afraid of water. "My family and I travelled until Agathi in an airplane and from there they went in a ship. But, before we reached the shore, we had to get into a smaller boat." Interestingly, she did scuba diving twice at Lakshadweep.

Even though she enjoys trekking the most, Tanvi has tried her hands at river rafting at the Dandeli River in Karnataka and in Ladakh. Besides, she did rap lig or scaling the sides of a mountain by tying a rope around her body. She says that she enjoyed river rafting as much as surfing which is rowing against the waves. Dandeli and Esarik are part of the Kali River. While one flows swiftly through the rocks, the other one unleashes the spectacular beauty of the Himalayan ranges.

Tanvi says she was also able to see the spot where the two rivers meet. "The river in which I did river rafting flows into Pakistan," she says. Moreover, Tanvi has also visited iconic beaches like Goa, Varkala, and Pondicherry. Despite travelling to all these places and trying exciting adventure activities, Tanvi is still afraid of water bodies.

Fun time with family
Tanvi says she is extremely close to her family and enjoys travelling with them. She credits her family for being amazingly supportive. She says that it was her father and brother who encouraged her to learn to drive. “Our Bhutan trip gifted me some special and unforgettable memories. We travelled to Bagdogra in an airplane and after that took a car. We drove around the place and saw all the important spots. I really enjoy all the trips with my family. All of us love traveling and make it a point to plan a family trip at least once a year. Earlier, when I was working in an office, I used to travel more. I had gone for longer trips that lasted for up to 10 – 12 days,” says Tanvi.

Tanvi is extremely close to her family and enjoys travelling with them. Photo: Special Arrangement

It is quite amazing that Tanvi, who is scared of water played a role in the movie ‘2018’ about the deluge that had ravaged Kerala. The movie was shot mostly in water in order to stay true to its theme. However, Tanvi was unfazed and delivered a fabulous performance in the super hit movie.

“I didn’t experience the horrors of the flood as I was in Bengaluru. But, I was upset by all the news that was coming from Kerala. I could be part of the flood relief only indirectly. I could fathom the extent of the devastation only when I experienced it as part of the movie. I came to act in ‘2018’ just by seeing the damning visuals of how the dam was opened and flood waters rushed into the homes, in the news. On the sets, I knew more about the flood through the stories that were shared by the crew members. I understood that people had actually suffered worse than what I have watched on the news,” says Tanvi.

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