Priyamani Vying for yet another National Award ?


Priya Mani is at it once again! The National Award winner, who is the first choice for meaning ful roles in Malayalam cinema, has been roped in for a film, titled The True Story, which is apparently based on a real life incident.

Speaking to KT from Kerala, where she is shooting for the film, the actress says, “It’s a powerful script and I almost grabbed it when it was narrated to me. It is about a girl who goes in search of her identity . She loses her identity all of a sudden. She cannot recall who she is or where she is from. But she does not have amnesia nor a split personality. It is a very chal lenging role.“

Directed by Anil Das, the movie has veteran Pratap Pothen in a cru cial role and newcomer Rahul Mahadevan playing the male lead.

The actress has become a bit choosy these days. Quiz her if M’town offers her better flicks than other language film industries, she says, “True! Had it been from other , languages, I would think twice , before signing on the dotted line. I always get good woman-centric sub jects with scope to perform in Malayalam. The True Story is no different. All said and done, if there’s something that fascinates me in the script, I go for it, irre spective of everything else.“ Would the film recreate the magic of her earlier blockbuster, Thirrakatha? Priya laughs. “Like any other film, we put in our hard work and effort. Let’s hope,“ she responds.

The Parutthiveeran star is also eagerly awaiting the release of the Bollywood film, Chennai Express, where she has shaken a leg with none other than the Baadshah of B’town, Shahrukh Khan. The movie is slated for an August 7 release.

The item number, 1, 2, 3, 4, Get on the Dance Floor from Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express is already creating ripples on YouTube. “Though it is tagged an `item number’, there are no raunchy or adult scenes, and it is a sequence where the song is sung in an upbeat mood. We shot for five nights, and it was wonderful working with Shah Rukh. It was good fun,“ Priya says.

“SRK is a down-to-earth person. I grew up watching his flicks. I was excited to see him at close quarters.
He would always go for more retakes until he got his dance movements perfectly,“ she adds.

On the Tollywood front, Priya is working in Chandi, directed by Samudra. “No, it’s not a supernatural thriller. It is a contemporary subject, a revenge story, based on the real incidents happening in Andhra.“ The actress is taking a week-long holiday and is off to London next week, which, she says, will be a much needed break after her hectic shooting schedules.

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