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‘Vidya was so pretty in Parineeta'

Balan’s National Award winning cousin Priyamani crosses over to Bollywood. She returned to the theatres this Friday with the hero-centric Rakht Charitra 2.

bollywood Updated: Dec 05, 2010 14:58 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times




were fantastic films but I still like


eta the best. Vidya looked so pretty in those Bengali style saris and her performance was subtly underplayed,” says Priyamani about cousin Vidya Balan, with whom she hasn’t interacted much but hopes that their paths will cross soon.

There’s a fair possibility that’ll happen given that Priyamani has finally crossed over to Bollywood with Mani Ratnam’s


Not an impressive debut for a National Award-winning actor but Priyamani insists she couldn’t say no to Ratnam. “Yes, it was a sister role, but I had one-on-one interactions with Abhishek (Bachchan) and was the bright spark in the film. Honestly, I’d have done any role for Mani sir,” she says.

Speculations were rife that she was also doing


She admits she’d heard that Priyadarshan had her in mind for a film now starring Kangna Ranaut. “I’m not sure if there were talks with my manager but I wasn’t directly approached,” she shrugs.

This Friday, she returned to the theatres with the hero-centric

Rakht Charitra 2

. “The two main protagonists are Suriya and Vivek (Oberoi) but as Suriya’s lady love who stands by all his decisions, I have a say in the proceedings,” she says, adding that she was shooting abroad when she got a text message from Ram Gopal Varma saying he wanted to talk to her. “He offered me this trilingual. It’s a big film, opposite Suriya, and I’d be crazy to refuse Ramu sir.”

She hasn’t seen Part One in Hindi but saw the Telugu version and was impressed. “It was violent and would appeal more to Andhraites. But it was still awesome,” she insists. She agrees a more glamorous launch might have worked better for her. She says, “But Bollywood also recognises talent and hopefully I’ll wow audiences with my performance.” However, she isn’t looking to shift to Mumbai: “I started down South, that’s where my heart is. But I’m open to exploring Bollywood.”

Prod her on Suriya and she says that she’s worked with his brother Karthik Shivkumar in


, which bagged her the National Award. Apparently, it was this film that got her

Rakht Charitra 2.

She describes Suriya as a “dedicated actor who in front of the camera is completely in character”. “But he’s a chilled out dude with no airs.” And RGV? “Ramu sir, too, is chilled out,” she adds.

First Published: Dec 05, 2010 13:58 IST