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Priya Anand talks about her return to the silver screen

Actor Priya Anand

Actor Priya Anand   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

I’m the master of my life, says actor Priya Anand

It’s been a while since we saw Kollywood’s favourite cosmopolitan heroine on screen. Be it the simple-minded Geetha Miss of Ethir Neechal, the effervescent livewire Radha who gets aunt Sridevi to open up in Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish, or the lovable Priya of Vai Raja Vai, she’s been the go-to girl-next-door. We catch up with her as she becomes the Shiksha Superhero for P&G’s Shiksha initiative, and chats about education, films and what lies ahead:

We’ve missed seeing you in Tamil films lately. Why the break?

I’ve always been choosy about roles, especially making sure that my character is strong, independent and educated. I am happy that the audience has been warm and welcoming, and I am fortunate to have been able to make films in five languages. Eventually, I would like to take it slow and leave a legacy.

You’ve just made your debut in Malayalam films with Ezra. Tell us about that experience.

I love the Malayalam film industry. There’s so much respect from both audience and the filmmakers for your craft as an actor. I was intimidated at first: I didn’t want to be labelled as the girl who can’t act. But it’s been an exciting ride. With no prior knowledge of Malayalam, the language barrier was definitely challenging, but it’s been very satisfying to work in an industry where they are open to experimentation.

How much does your personality affect the kind of roles you choose?

As someone who is the master of her own life, I’m very clear that the characters I play should convey the same spirit.

Any plans to direct or produce films in future?

Currently, no. As someone who’s seen what goes on, on the other side of the camera, I can’t imagine doing it. The process definitely gives me a new-found respect for the people behind the scenes, but for now, I am happy being in front of the camera.

You were also the ambassador of ‘Save the Children’ campaign...

While adults can always find opportunities to make their lives better, children do not have that luxury. I was lucky to have loving parents, and for the kids that don’t, I want to make sure they know they are loved.

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