Working with Siddharth and Jayendra was like going to an acting school - Priya Anand
The actress who made her debut in ‘Leader’ has now grown to identify and appreciate the nuances of filmmaking. The jubilant actress Priya Anand shared her views with the media on the movie ‘180’ scheduled to hit theaters on June 25th. A few excerpts are:
I did mimicry in 180:
I played the role of an NRI whose name is Renuka Chowdary. She is an interior designer born and brought up in San Ffrancisco. My character is lively and quite interesting in this movie because she does mimicry and does lot of naughty things on phone. Those scenes are all very humorous. I love my introduction scene in this film and I hope you guys also feel the same way.
Everything was perfect for the role of an NRI:
For the first time I played a character that has lot of prominence in the film. My characterization was well designed, be it my looks or my make-up or my costumes or mannerism, everything is perfect for the role of an NRI. Komal Sahani from Bombay styled my looks. There are lots of shades in my character. Even though I did serious scenes easily, I had to work hard to do the comedy as well as the mimicry part.
I don’t want to reveal the story:
Marriage need not be the ending in a love story. The movie is releasing soon. We don’t want to reveal the meaning of the film’s title. So naturally I won’t reveal the story.
My favourite song is ‘Nee Maatalo…’:
My music director is Sharreth, who provided music for ‘Kalavara Maye Madilo’. I think he won the state award. When I signed this film I’ve not heard of his name at all. But he is a very big music director in Malayalam film industry. The music in ‘180’ is amazing. Every little note and every little beat in each song is very original. Director Jayendra visualized each song with a different concept and later discussed it with the music director. Vanamali wrote amazing lyrics. My favourite song is ‘Nee Maatalo…’ which was romantically picturised. Sharath’s background score is so excellent that he lifted the scenes with his background score. A CD can be made with just on the background score.
Every bit is very true to the character and story:
The songs were shot in different locations. Few shots were captured in Brazil. There is also a Portuguese song. Since my character lives in San Francisco there is lot of Spanish influence in the film. In this line there are many little little things which the audience might or might not notice. Every bit is very true to the character and the story.
The film has to be sensible:
I chose to do this film only because I liked the story. As an actor I’m not supposed to see how many heroines or villains are there in the movie. The film has to be sensible. It is the character I play as well as the story that matter.
Acting comes very natural to Nithya:
Nithya is a tremendous actress. She is my senior who did more than 15 films so far. She is a big star in Malayalam. She is one of the best actresses down south now. Acting comes very natural to her.
Guys will start liking them:
The film becomes successful only if all characters are interesting. If one character is good and other is not, then it is a failure for the film as well as the filmmaker. The greatest aspect of this film is director Jayendra designed and developed the characters for both the heroines. Both characters are so lovable that all guys will start liking them.
My dialogues have become popular in twitter and facebook:
In ‘Leader’ I played the role of Ratna Prabha which is my favourite character. The best thing about Sekhar Kammula is his dialogues. All my dialogues in ‘Leader’ are punch dialogues, so they have become popular in twitter and facebook also.
Dil Raju makes family entertainers:
Dil Raju garu is a very big producer who makes family entertainers. So I was eager to do his films.
I’ve acted with almost all senior actors:
Ram is very popular and very energetic actor. The major asset of doing ‘Rama Rama Krishna Krishna’ is working with senior artists. I’ve acted almost with all senior actors in one film. That’s really wonderful. I love my character in this film too. It’s very interesting. I did a village girl who came from America. I was looking very natural with half-sarees, bangles, braid and bindi.
I would definitely do even a small role in 180:
‘180’ just happened to me. It’s the destiny for all of us who are involved in this film. Had a been offered even a small role in this film I would have happily accepted.
It’s fun to work with Siddharth:
It’s fun to work with Siddharth. I’ve seen all his films in Telugu and Tamil as well. Although this is my first romantic film with him, it was very easy for me. Initially I was little nervous because I was not sure if the audience will see me or just focus their attention on Siddharth. But I kind of managed it fine. Siddharth is from theatre background. He does any role with great ease. He performs each scene in 10 different ways. That way I’ve learnt a lot from him.
Working with Siddharth and Jayendra was like going to an acting school:
Rana and I were new comers in ‘Leader’. Even though Rana came from a film background, he is also new to acting. Working with Siddharth and Jayendra was like going to an acting school. In this way each one is very different and interesting from others. Therefore I enjoyed working with them all.
My priority is to be part of a good film:
Doing solo films is not in my hands because these days we hardly find such films. I only see that the character I do should appeal to the audience and not how big it is. My priority is to be part of a good film.
Cinema doesn’t go with one person:
The entire credit for ‘180’ definitely goes to the captain of the team. It’s because the director’s vision only will be developed into a movie. Many technicians tried new aspects in this film. Cinema doesn’t go with one person. A film can be made with the team as a whole. The director took incharge of every small bit of the film. So in the end of the day it’s his vision, so the credit should go to him.