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I Am A Pan-Indian Actress: Padmapriya


I Am A Pan-Indian Actress: Padmapriya

Actress Padmapriya Janakiraman, considers herself a “pan-Indian actress” as she has worked in films in languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Hindi.

She  made her Bollywood debut with Striker in 2010, returned to Hindi cinema after seven years with Raja Krishna Menon’s Chef, which released last week. She doesn’t call it a comeback, but says she wishes to be more regular in Bollywood now. 

“I have not tried enough to be in Bollywood. Siddharth (actor) knew me, so that’s how my first film happened (in Bollywood). I don’t think I ever went around looking for work here. I was busy working in films from other sides. I came in the industry by chance,” says Padmapriya. “But I hope to do more Hindi films now. I have always been a pan-Indian actress with pan-Indian taste. I want to leave a deep impact of my acting in people’s mind. I want to be the Guru Dutt of the world,” she adds. 

Padmapriya, who has carved a niche for herself in the southern film industry, says acting happened by chance to her. “With me, cinema happened by accident. It was not a choice that I made. By accident, my first film (Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi) became a big hit. Then I was forced to do my second film. I was in another career. I said I don’t want to do films, I don’t believe in cinema,” Padmapriya says. 

“Thereafter, the third and the fourth film happened. As I was being offered such amazing scripts, I couldn’t say no. Then I had to leave my job and I started acting full-time. Having said that, I feel it’s a great time for actors. I do see lots of good films being made in Hindi,” she added.