Chandrika Ravi opens up on Indian culture and spiritualityIndian-Australian actress Chandrika Ravi garnered instant recognition in the Telugu States after doing a special number “Maa Baava Manobhavalu” in Nandamuri Balakrishna’s upcoming film Veera Simha Reddy. Born to Indian parents in Melbourne, Australia, Chandrika was the first woman of Indian descent to place as a finalist in the 2012 Miss World Australia and Miss India Australia pageants. In an interview given to a leading English Daily, Chandrika admitted to being a very spiritual person. “My parents have taught me everything about our culture. I can recite any mantra. Having said that, I’ve been brought up in a way where attire makes no difference to the kind of person I am. I can be comfortable in a bikini at a beach and wear a pattu saree the next day. It doesn’t change what I am as a person. People can get confused when exposed to different cultures, so my parents decided to set me as an example,” said Chandrika.Speaking about the special number, Chandrika said, “When I was offered the song, I straight away agreed to do it and flew from Los Angeles to Hyderabad for it. We shot the song in five days and the response and love from fans has been truly overwhelming.” ‘Veera Simha Reddy’ is releasing on January 12 as a Sankranthi treat to fans.