Priya Bhavani Shankar: "You don't care until you work in a big hero film."

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The initials PBS in modern Tamil cinema language have little to do with a legendary play singer from the past era.

That PBS – as in Priya Bhavani Shankar for those who are not initiated into pop culture – has literally become their calling card (on film sets, with their fans and elsewhere) is a sign of the actor's rise over the past few years.

Priya is in demand in the film industry mainly because of her ability to speak Tamil. The demand is so great that it will appear in no less than half a dozen films this year and next.

Since she made her debut Meyaadha Maan In 2017, the actor appeared in a supporting role in Kadaikutty Singamand lead in as the woman monster, All three were commercially successful, and Priya is now in the spotlight of an industry that is only too willing to rely on an individual's happiness factor.

The rule of luck

However, it is known that happiness sets its own course: for some it has led to success that goes beyond everyone's wildest dreams, but for most people it has led to a misstep that leads to an uncontrollable departure.

Does this proposal make happiness feel like a burden? Priya insists that instead she would bet on her ability to choose a good script.

Arun Vijay and Priya Bhavani Shankar in a still image

Arun Vijay and Priya Bhavani Shankar in a still from Mafia

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"Frankly, I don't believe in luck too much. I'm the kind of person who believes in the thoughts that brought you to the universe … (smiles) … but I'm very careful when I do the script I don't just want to increase the number of my films, it depends on the script, the production house and my character in the script, ”she says.

Priya's latest release, directed by Karthick Naren with Arun Vijay, Mafia: Chapter 1has let her play the role of Sathya, a narcotics control officer.

For someone whose screen time was limited to playing "homely" characters (read: soft and shy), mafia was a breath of fresh air. "I thanked Karthi (the director) for visualizing me this way," she says, adding, "I think I'm typing in this industry. Fortunately, things have changed."

The image trap

As part of the reason for the existence of this picture about her, she attributes her television stay as the main character Priya Arjun in the Star Vijay soap Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai,

"It had an impact on how people saw me. Soaps have this effect. It makes people connect with their family. When I published a picture of myself in shorts a few years ago on vacation, people said, "You can't wear this dress." That was pretty alarming for me. I can't be the same fictional character I've played in soap forever. Breaking that image is a big deal, ”she says.

Here is Sathya mafia come inside. But playing a cop role can be challenging. For Priya, it felt like "going to college or school on the first day and learning something new".

A happy life

  • Priya Bhavani Shankar has been in a long-term relationship for over a decade. The duo met and fell in love while studying. “The support I get from him is incredible. I don't think my growth will take him to an unsafe place because he knows how much I love being here. I can only see happiness on his face when something good happens to me, instead of being unsure of the fame and love that I receive. And the kind of support I get from my parents is that they know for sure that there will be this guy who takes care of me, even if things fall apart. When the time comes to go, I won't say, "Oh my god, I'm going. I'm getting older and all of that. I know for sure that I'll be nice to someone all my life," she says.

What helped to build trust in her was her director's calm and collected manner. “He is a very sorted guy. I ask him: "Where did you learn all of this? What was your source of inspiration? “And he tells me that YouTube is his teacher. But I think of course he is blessed with [knowledge of his] Craft, ”she says.

equal treatment

Although she is happy with her choice of roles, Priya has a complaint with the industry. That it is "not very inviting" when female actors require stronger roles to be written for them.

“These requirements are very basic. I do not want just be part of the movie. I don't want to sing a song and disappear. I wouldn't like to see such a character on the screen when I was in the audience. But I think sometimes it's intimidating for them [film]Doer, "she says before correcting herself slightly," I think so could to be intimidating. "

Priya Bhavani Shankar and Arun Vijay in a still image

Priya Bhavani Shankar and Arun Vijay in a still from Mafia: Chapter 1

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She adds: “This is the case with most major films, but it also counts to be part of a film. I'm not saying that you have to give me a strong character in big hero projects, but give me a purpose and don't just turn me into a property. "

However, when there is an opportunity to be part of Kamal Haasan Indian 2 When she showed up, she put those thoughts aside to sign the project.

"I wanted to be part of it somehow. I've seen the highest paid heroines put their demands aside and play a subordinate role in big star films. So I went with the attitude of taking everything that is offered. Fortunately, that was not the case, ”says Priya, one of the female lead actresses in the film, which also features Kamal Haasan, Siddharth, Rakul Preet Singh and Kajal Aggarwal.

Priya believes it is essential to be part of such projects in order to climb the ladder in the film industry.

"It's something that frustrates me. Until you are part of a big movie, it doesn't matter [in the industry], Your hit films don't count, the characters you play don't matter until you've played a role alongside a great hero. Sometimes I think when Indian 2 Hadn't that happened to me, would I have been transferred to Tamil cinema like this? I dont know. People like Andrea [Jeremiah] have talked about it in the past. It's not just about being part of big hero projects, it's also about the quality of your work. That has to be respected. "