Priyadarshan’s daughter Kalyani may make her acting debut with Akhil Akkineni

Filmmaker Priyadarshan’s daughter Kalyani started out as an assistant working in Irumugan but has since expressed a desire to follow her mother, actor Lissy, into acting.

regional movies Updated: Jul 06, 2017 14:46 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Priyadarshan’s daughter Kalyani,Priyadarshan,Kalyani
Priyadarshan’s former wife Lissy is a popular Malayalam actor. (Khalid Mohamed)

If the industry buzz is anything to go by, well-known filmmaker Priyadarshan’s daughter Kalyani is most likely to make her acting debut with actor Nagarjuna’s younger son Akhil, in his next Telugu film with director Vikram Kumar. After completing her studies in New York, last year Kalyani worked as an assistant director on Vikram and Nayanthara starrer Irumugan. Many believed she literally followed in the footsteps of her father and would become a technician. However, it turns out the acting bug bit her and just like her mother Lissy, young Kalyani, too, has serious acting goals.

“She has already been approached but she is yet to sign on the dotted line. Since she entered the industry, she has been getting lot of acting offers. For some reason, she wasn’t quite keen on accepting any of those projects. This project looks exciting as it will mark her debut with a leading star’s son and she is seriously contemplating accepting the offer. Official announcement can expected from the makers in a couple of weeks,” a source told HT.

After the debacle of his eponymous maiden film, Akhil took nearly two years to sign his next project. Vikram Kumar had already delivered a blockbuster with the Akkineni clan in the form of Manam, which featured all the actors across generations from the family. Apparently, Nagarjuna is personally overseeing the project as he doesn’t want anything to go wrong.

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First Published: Jul 06, 2017 14:30 IST