Padma Priya confesses to being picky about her choice of films
Role play Padmapriya makes her Telugu debut
Padma Priya is fiery, natural, subtle and real, she can be anything. Blessed with the gift of picking up correct accents, she gave convincing performances in 30 films — quite an impressive number in a span of just four and a half years. An alumnus of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Trimulgherry, Padma Priya says that she doesn’t believe in doing every film that comes her way and always been choosy.
A Tamilian, born and brought up in North India, as a danseuse she had given many performances in the country and abroad, won Miss Andhra in 2001 before she took to movies as a career. Though she worked in Seenu Vasanti Lakshmi in 2003, the film with Sharwanand and Chandra Siddartha as the director is her first major film as a heroine in Telugu.
Padma Priya believes that no profession can get as creative as movies. She had the fortune of working in all genres and with the best of directors from all over the country. She adds, “The cinema I have done has been entirely out of interest and each of the movies has been special in its own way leaving an indelible impression, some having a 100-day run at the box office or having the fortune of going to the Toronto or Cannes Film Festival.”
How did she bag this movie? “I’ve know Chandra Siddartha for a long time, it’s not that I am cut off from Hyderabad. My father has a home here in Secunderabad. The smartness of the script, lot of energy in the subject, Sharwanand being such fun to work with and Chandu of course made me take it up,” says the actress. She is also working in a Hindi film, Striker, with Siddarth. Comparing the working style of Malayalam and Telugu cinema, she says she can wrap up a Malayalam film in 10 days.
She has done Adoor Gopalkrishnan’s film in five days and her first Tamil film took eight months to complete. She adds, “The working style varies from industry to industry, but I don’t personally believe in working for over a year for a film. That is one reason I’ve been away from Hindi films.”
When Padma Priya is not shooting, she loves to shop for books, play basketball, travel, dance and sing. Her life, she says, has not really changed after becoming an actress. While in Kerala, she loves to walk down the road and chat with her friends and relish rasam and chaadam.
Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY
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