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She's enchantingly beautiful, talented as hell, successful in both commercial and parallel cinema, recipient of the prestigious National Award and above all, has the rare ability to have her feet planted firmly on the ground. Priyamani literally has all arenas covered! She had a small and modest dream debut in Hindi cinema in Mani Ratnam's Raavan as Beera's fearless sister. Ram Gopal Verma then went onto cast her in a fearless film that has recently shook the nation, Rakht Charitra. The immensely successful South Indian actress has now wrapped up a busy 2010 filled with surprises, success and even a bit of failure however her energy remains solidly intact. She reveals all the details of her first year in Hindi cinema in this exclusive interview for Bollyspice readers only!
So firstly talking about your background before acting, you come from a very versatile family of a sportswomen, your mother, and a singer, »
Everyone wants a piece of Bollywood. From Surya, Priyamani in Rakht Charitra, Vikram in Raavan, Trisha in Khatta Meetha, Siddharth, Asin, the years gone by have seen many south stars making seamless crossovers to Bollywood.
For those attuned to South Indian cinema, Ilena D’cruz is a much-loved name. Co-starring in Pokiri (original telugu version of Wanted), she has over 15 films to her profile since her debut in 2006. Now much to the delight of her fans, she is ultimately making her debut in Hindi cinema with Anurag Basu’s Barfee.
Produced by Utv, Anurag’s Barfee (titled Silence earlier) has Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The essential casting of a parallel second female lead was in news for a long time with rumour mongers hinting at leading ladies Deepika, Asin and Katrina. However Anurag who is always on the lookout for fresh faces and is credited for »
Although she holds a predominant place in South Indian Cinema, she is not very new to Bollywood. Earlier this year, audiences saw Priyamani in a small but significant role in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan. Though the movie fizzled without much of a mark, her act was noticed despite sharing space with the likes of Vikram, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The national award winner (for her tamil film Paruthiveeran) has a bag full of releases over the next few months spread across the dialects of Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
After Raavan, she was skeptical about moving to Mumbai and said in an interview that she wasn’t sure about doing more films in Bollywood. But a phone call from Ram Gopal Varma (Rgv) changed that perspective. Elaborating on how it worked out, she said that Rgv considered her for a role after seeing Paruthiveeran. When he tried to reach her, »
The first look of Rakhtcharitra was revealed in Mumbai last Saturday with the director Ram Gopal Varma doing the honours alongside Producer Sheetal V. Talwar. The lead cast Vivek Oberoi, Suriya, Priyamani and Abhimanyu Singh were also present to grace the occasion.Rakhtcharitra is a story inspired from the life of Paritala Ravi, who was inarguably the most feared individual ever in the history of the blood-ridden faction politics of South India, who got assassinated in January 2005. Ravi.s name sent shivers up the spines of not only his rivals but even the law enforcement agencies. He was a rebel, a feudal lord, a robin hood, alleged killer of hundreds and saviour of thousands till the day he was gunned down by a death squad allegedly put together by his arch rival Suri who wanted to avenge his father.s and brother.s deaths, in a bizarre déjà vu. Rakhtcharitra »
South sensation Priyamani who made her foray into Bollywood with Mani Ratnam's 'Raavan', followed by Ram Gopal Varma's 'Rakta Charitra' is soon to be seen opposite Salman Khan. News is doing the rounds that National award winner Priyamani will be Salman’s heroine in the sequel of superhit film, ‘Wanted’. The film tentatively titled, ‘Wanted 2’ and will be directed by Prabhu Deva. However, the dusky beauty has denied the report saying, "I wish someone had approached me for the role in Wanted 2; sadly no one has as yet! But if I get an offer, I will grab it instantly! Who will want »
Along with the list of films playing in-competition, the Venice Film Festival has announced which films are playing out-of-competition this year. The movies include Ben Affleck’s The Town, Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here, Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan documentary A Letter to Elia, John Turturro’s Passione, Julie Taymor’s The Tempest as the closing night film, and Robert Rodriguez’ Machete as the opening night film. It’s an eclectic bunch of flicks and they’re just a small sampling of the movies playing out-of-competition. Hit the jump to check out the full list.
The 67th Venice Film Festival will run from September 1 – 11th.
Casey Affleck – I’M Still Here
USA, 108′ (documentary)
Marco Bellocchio – Sorelle Mai
- Matt Goldberg
The Southern superstar who’s best known for his work in the original Ghajini is finally set to spread his magic on the Hindi audiences. After being a reigning name in the Southern industry for quite some time now Ram Gopal Verma is finally bringing Surya to Hindi screens in his upcoming venture Rakhta Charitra.
The film is based on real life incidents and Surya will be playing the character of Maddelacheruvu Suri whilst co-star Vivek Oberoi will be playing Paritala Ravindra. Shatrughan Sinha and Southern actress Priyamani (soon to appear in Mani Ratnam’s Raavan) will also be seeing in pivotal roles.
Speaking about the film Surya expressed his excited to a leading tabloid, “I found a message in my inbox saying ‘I loved your intensity in Kaakha Kaakha.’ It was from Rgv. I had always wanted to meet him. After reading that mail, I met him and we’ve been good friends since. »
After her role as Abhishek Bachchan’s sister in Raavan, Priyamani is looking forward to doing more roles in Bollywood. She has been signed up to play opposite Suriya in Rgv’s much-anticipated Raktha Charithra about the political in-fighting in Andhara Pradesh which also stars Vivek Oberoi as real-life gangster-politician Paritala Ravi.
Meanwhile, Priyamani has been working on Yeno Onthara with Golden Star Ganesh, a remake of the Vijay-Jyothika hit Kushi. The stars recently finished an item number involving 90 dancers in Delhi. "Ganesh and Priyamani shot for a few scenes for over 10 days," says the director.
With so many busy things going on in her life, Priyamani doesn’t have time for romance and has recently denied rumours of a relationship with Jagapathi Babu. "I acted with Jagapathi Babu in my first Telugu film, which became a big hit,” she explains, “I also acted with him in the recently released Pravarakyudu. »
8 items from 2010
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