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k.r. manigandan
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face-to-face Piaa Bajpai is all set to light up the screens with a variety of roles in her upcoming films

full of beansPiaa Bajpai
full of beansPiaa Bajpai

Piaa Bajpai, whose performances in Goa, Bale Pandiya and Ko were widely appreciated, is back in the limelight with a clutch of films waiting to hit the screens.

Says the bubbly actor, “While Dalam , a Tamil-Telugu bilingual, and Sattam Oru Iruttarai , a remake of the yesteryear hit by the same name, are ready, I am at present shooting for Backbench Student , a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu featuring Mahath, Archana Kavi and me in the lead.”

While Jeevan Reddy, a former assistant of director Ram Gopal Varma, has directed Dalam, Backbench Student is being directed by Madhuraj Sreedhar of It’s My Love Story and Sneha Geetham fame. Sattam Oru Iruttarai has S. A. Chandrashekar, the filmmaker behind several hits, as its creative head. No wonder then, Piaa is confident of how these films will fare at the box office.

About her experience of working in Dalam , Piaa says, “For the first time in my career, I play a TamilBrahmin girl. It was quite a memorable experience. I had to wear a half-sari and initially, I was apprehensive whether I would be able carry it off.

However, those who have seen the rushes have been impressed. The film is an action-thriller set against a naxal backdrop. Backbench Student , on the other hand, is a light-hearted romantic film. Backbenchers generally don’t take life seriously. But then, there comes a time in the life of every person when they cannot take things for granted. This is about one such backbencher.”

In Sattam Oru Iruttarai , Piaa plays a trendy, fun-loving girl, a role in which she has proved her mettle before.

“I play a girl with a carefree attitude; someone who does not believe in love or destiny. Taman plays the hero in this film, which also stars Bindu Madhavi and Reema Sen.”

Love for dance

It is no secret that Piaa loves to dance. She has in fact been attending Bollywood dance classes for a while. Now, she has signed up for Belly Dance classes too.

“I love dancing. I am excited as much about my roles in these films as about the varied song and dance sequences. For instance, I’ve danced to a Holi song in Dalam, the first traditional number I have done in my career. In Sattam Oru Iruttarai, I perform to a ‘Kuthu’ number, which again is a first for me.

“For Backbench Student , we have canned three songs in six days. There was one for which I had to be attired in saris. We shot in a field of yellow flowers — something I had always yearned for right from the time I entered films.”

The actor has had a whale of a time shooting for all three films. Recalling a funny incident, she says, “We had a lot of fun while picturising the Holi song for Dalam at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. I kept throwing colour powder at the unit members, but they couldn’t do so because I was to dance for the song. I was having a gala time until one point when the director said I had to have colour all over me.

The moment he said ‘action,’ all the dancers around me, along with hero Naveen, started throwing colour powder on me. Helplessly, I looked on smiling, thinking that was how the song would appear on screen. However, once I had been coloured, I got to know that the whole unit had played a prank on me. It was so funny it makes me laugh every time I think about it. I’m sure the film will be a hit at the box office,” she signs off.

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