New girl Shalini Pandey has mesmerised the audience in the role of Preethi in 'Arjun Reddy'. Not all heroines can do such roles. As Preethi came from a theater background, she didn't have any inhibitions in playing the role. The success of 'Arjun Reddy' brought her several new offers to her in South. She has signed nearly half a dozen films after 'Arjun Reddy'. These films assured her a comfortable position in the film industry now.
Shalini is saying that she struggled very hard to get the first opportunity in the film industry. She revealed that her parents were against her wish of entering the film industry. She didn't get any support from her parents when she gained experience with dramas and she was trying for movie offers. Shalini's father reportedly told her to look for an IT job but she didn't agree to it. Her father was upset with her and shouted at her saying that she will beg on the streets if she enters the film industry. She said that she left her house immediately.
She said that she had two girlfriends in Mumbai.. but she there is no chance to stay with them so she had to get adjusted in a room with two boys. She said that those things are common in Mumbai.. and they have protected her like a family member.. they have never misbehaved with her. She said that she started to see the world from a new perspective because of them. She said that she got a break with 'Arjun Reddy' offer and shifted to Hyderabad later. She said that she can't forget the two friends in Mumbai.