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Dreams in her eyes

Priya Mani is waiting for the right role to make a mark


PRIYA MANI, the Bangalore-based model-turned-actress, is keeping her fingers crossed, waiting for the release of Balu Mahendra's Athu Oru Kana Kaalam, co-starring Dhanush.

In Coimbatore to inaugurate a jewellery showroom, she talks to Metroplus about films and selection of roles. "I don't want to do just a couple of songs and vanish. I'm looking for performance-oriented roles," she says.

She doesn't have any regrets about not going to an acting school to hone her skills. "My debut in Bharathiraaja's Kangalal Kaithu Sei made up for it. He tells you what kind of performance he expects and enacts every scene for you. Those acting lessons came in handy," she remarks.

Working with established actors helped in the learning process, she adds. "When working with Dhanush or Pritvi (Malayalam), I observe them a lots. It helps."

Priya is all excited about her de-glamourised role in Balu Mahendra's movie. "Any girl will identify with my character. I wear no make-up and appear in a paavadai-dhavani throughout the movie. Balu Mahendra gives every one a free hand and that helped me do well.

But isn't it too early to experiment with a de-glamourised role? "Artistes like Simran, Jyothika, Sneha and Trisha tried the `natural look' when they were giving hits. Though it's risky for a new-comer, I wanted to try a makeover."

Priya, who made her debut in Malayalam films with the Vinayan-directed Satyam, has also signed up for a Telugu flick.

K. JESHI

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