Her multi lingual projects have been the talk of the town. Priyamani slowly started to etch her success story in Kannada with films like Raam, Eno Ontara, Only Vishnuvaradhana, Anna Bond, Charulatha and many more. Equally at ease with glam roles as well as girl next door roles, she carries off any role with elan. She can impress anyone with her dexterously language switching skills between Kannada, Tamil and English with ease. One of the best south Indian actress, Priyamani literally has all arenas covered.
Can we know something about your childhood days? I was born and I was brought up in Bangalore. My schooling and college days were in bangalore. Aurbindo Memorial School is where I did my schooling and attended Bishop Cotton Women’s College in J.C road. I grew up playing cricket and hide and seek with the guys in my lane because of the fact there were no girls of our age back then in our area and we had lots of fun.
Your journey from modelling to acting. Iof pocket Initially I took up modelling just for the sake of pocket money. I had no idea I would get into the film industry. I started my acting career as Vidya Sadagopan through Kangalal Kaidu Sei movie. But, even before that I had auditioned for a Malayalam movie directed by Faazal sir, but that didn’t work out for some reasons. Bharathiraja sir had seen me during my modelling assignments and he asked me to get a photo shoot done and after seeing those photos he just told me “you are my next herione”. I was not sure of taking up acting as career but my grandmother gave me inspiration and filled in confidence in me and then I stepped into the industry. It did take some time to get into Kannada industry, but it happened at the right time and I am happy about that.
How’s your experience been in the modelling and acting arena?
They are definitely two poles. In modelling you’ll have to sell the product in thirty seconds or one minute, walking the ramp or showcasing the product, in a movie you will have to sell the movie for 2 and a half hours. Acting is a little difficult mainly because of the expressions and emotions what we have to go through in the movie…
How’s your experience in all the 5 industries so far?(Bollywood, Sandalwood, Kollywood,Tollywood and Mollywood)
The experience has been great with all the industries. There is no much difference between the industries. Just that the language, the unit and co-actors differ. On a personal basis, I’m comfortable speaking in all the languages. Basically I’m a Tamilian so I know tamil. I was born and brought up in bangalore, so I know kannada. Malayalam is my maternal language, so well versed in the same. Telugu is what the industry has taught me. Hindi was my second language in school and being in Bangalore and I learnt Hindi just for the sake of it.
What’s your criterion to select the roles?
I don’t set conditions when I choose roles. Primary importance while I choose roles is given for the story and the screenplay. I listen to the story not as an actress but as an audience. If the story is interesting to me as an audience then I will take up a role and will focus on the type of role I am doing and the essentials of the role. Besides I’ll analyze myself about how suitable I am for the role and will also consider the fact if my fans will like me in that particular character.
Are you waiting for your dream role?
Yes, very much. I love doing roles that are different and those that are more challenging to my acting skills. For that matter I would definitely want to do a role in a negative shade, like the role of Neelambari, played by Ramyakrishna in Padeyappa.