We all remember Muthazhagu from Tamil film Paruthiveeran. We caught with with the very gorgeous Priyamani, who is flooded with projects be it Kollywood or Bollywood.
Here is an excerpt from our interview.
What made you decide you wanted to do Rattha Charitram?
“I knew Rattha Charitram would be a story between two men, Surya and Vivek Oberoi. I had no problem when Ram Gopal Varma told me that I had only a small role as Surya’s wife who is supportive of his decisions,”
Your 2 Hindi films feature you doing cameos, do you regret not get more onscreen time?
“True, both Raavan and Rattha Charitram 2 do not have me in full-fledged roles. But many people noticed and appreciated my performance in those few scenes of Raavan. For me, it was an honour to work with directors such as Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma. He is one of the most chilled out directors I have worked with. He was as cool as a cucumber in any situation. I’m happy I got to share screen space with established actors such as Vikram, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan and still was noticed,” said the quite contended actress.
You’re gifted with distinct linguistic skills, how do you manage dubbing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions of Raavan and Rattha Charitram?
“Since I grew up in Palakkad, I am comfortable speaking both Tamil and Malayalam. Spending my school days in Bangalore, I learnt Kannada. Once I started acting in Telugu movies, I picked up the language from the unit members. Now people associate me with my voice when they see me on screen. So my directors feel I should do the dubbing myself.”
Could you tell us a bit more about your upcoming projects?
“Ragada is a racy action entertainer where Nagarjuna speaks the Rayalaseema dialect. In Kshetram, which is a heroine-centered film, I have a strong role. And of course, there is Raaj with Sumanth which I am looking forward to,”
All those were for Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films; do you miss working in Tamil films?
“I am waiting for good offers to come my way in Tamil. It’s one industry I cannot forget, for it gave me Paruthiveeran,”
After your debut back in 2004 has the journey been till now?
“I was labeled a jinx back then initially. No one wanted to work with me. I was home for about six to eight months without any films. I did modeling. In fact, at one point, I contemplated quitting films. That’s when director Ameer called me for Paruthiveeran and I cannot thank him enough for it.
Soon after the film’s tremendous success and the National Award, I was approached for several similar roles.
Had I accepted all of them, I would have been typecast in serious, village belle roles. I stuck to my guns and donned a glamorous role in Malaikottai with Vishal. People were shocked that I could dance!”
You definitely can dance. We wanted to know more about the bikini act in Drona, was it well received by your fans?
“I don’t know if I would ever do it again on screen. I would probably think a few times before saying ‘yes’. The director said he wanted to showcase a song stylishly. I was hesitant but finally agreed. At that point of time, no actor had done a bikini sequence in Telugu. I got positive and negative feedback for doing it,” she concluded with a smile
We surely loved your performance back then, and are eagerly waiting for your next release. We look forward to see a lot from you in the future and wish you best of luck for your endeavors.
Thanks. It’s always a pleasure to interact with.