Padmapriya played Neeli, a tribal warrior who took on the mighty British army in Pazhassi Raja and won the a Special Jury mention at the National Awards, besides also the second best actress award at the Kerala State Film Awards.
In spite of these awards coming her way,the actress has complaints against the state awards “I just cannot understand the criteria and the eligibility for awards as there is an ocean of difference between the state and national awards. I’m not sad because the National Awards slipped out of my hands as I got a special jury mention, which is good enough. But, what hurts me is that there is so much difference in the criteria and yardstick between these two awards.”
Still confused against whom she has complaints, it is none other this 2010 Best Actress Award winner Shweta Menon.
Shweta Menon won the award for her performance in Mammootty starrer Paleri Manikyam, which also bagged the best film,Best Actor,Best Actress awards
Padmapriya says that worldwide, the criteria for giving an award is that the actor should have used his or her own voice for the character he portrays on the screen. “This is an international norm followed by all award committees,” says Padmapriya,
“But, the Kerala State Award for the Best Actress has been given to Shweta for Paleri Manickam where somebody else dubbed for her. I received only the second best actress award for my performance in Pazhassi Raja, where I have dubbed in my voice. If the character you play on-screen has to have life, you should dub in your own voice.”