A new actor is born

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In her maiden film itself, Padmapriya proved herself as a heroine in Malayalam cinema.

`Kazhcha' gave Malayalam cinema not just a promising director Blessy, but also a talented actor in Padmapriya. It was a memorable debut for her.

She showed little nervousness in acting opposite Mammootty.

She had the experience of only one film before acting in `Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi' (Telugu). But her inexperience did not reflect in her performance.

The amiable Tamil girl is happy that she could kick off her acting career in Malayalam with a film like `Kazhcha'. ``It is the film as a whole that I look at before I sign it, not just my role,'' said Padmapriya, whose latest film `Karutha Pakshikal' will be in cinemas on Friday.

She was in the city to watch the premier of V.M. Vinu's `Yes Your Honour', in which she plays the activist wife of Sreenivasan. ``Did you like the film?'' was the first thing she wanted to know, not about her performance. She is also curious to know about the two recent Bollywood remakes, `Don' and Umrao Jaan'.

``Farhan Akhtar, the director of `Don', is really good. His previous film, `Lakshya', came closest to portraying the real army life in Indian cinema. I am, in fact, an army officer's daughter, you know,'' says this trained Bharatanatyam dancer.

As far as her own films are concerned, she is excited about `Karutha Pakshikal', directed by Kamal. ``My role is very interesting,'' she says. ``I am playing a beggar in it.''

This is her fourth film with Mammootty. She has also been paired with Mohanlal (`Vadakkumnathan') and Jayaram (`Amrutham). Right now she is doing `Anantham', directed by Kuku, with Prithviraj, her first hero from the new generation in Malayalam cinema.

``Malayalam cinema is blessed with talented actors, no doubt about it,'' says Padmapriya, an MBA who has worked with GE.

``But I feel there should be more talented newcomers, like Narain, who looks promising.''




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