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Destiny has the last laugh, says Priyanka Jawalkar

Published: 6th Dec 2021 3:19 pm

Hyderabad: Priyanka Jawalkar is busy this season with film shootings and promotions of her upcoming films. But she is never too busy to put up latest hot and drool-worthy pictures on her Instagram handle. The actor is all excited about her upcoming film ‘Gamanam’ which she says the flick has the tint of ‘Vedam’.

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The film is an anthology of three different stories. Priyanka plays the character of a Muslim girl Zaara, a conventional Muslim college-going girl, who falls in love with a cricketer, played by Shiva Kandukuri, living in her neighbourhood.

“It’s a story that is closer to reality. Zaara speaks less, she conveys her feelings just with eyes. I remember Muslim families that I grew up seeing in our neighbourhood during my childhood days. That way, I was able to get into the skin of the character Zaara. Lead pair struggles with various conflicts arising from home and parents. Zaara has to support her boyfriend to excel in his cricketing career,” she says.

Choosy and selective

Recently, Priyanka’s films ‘SR Kalyanamandapam’ and ‘Thimmarusu’ both did well at the box office. “And now ‘Gamanam’ is a blessing,” she says. Priyanka admits that she would become bothered, at times, when she feels she has a shorter shelf life as a female actor.
“Of course, that keeps bothering but I would also think why I’ve to do a film if I’m not excited about the story. That’s when time gets consumed and I become choosy,” she adds.

Destiny calls the shots

Ask if she hasn’t used the stardom she attained from Vijay Deverakonda-starrer ‘Taxiwala’. “Haven’t I used the success of ‘Taxiwala’? Who would change destiny anyway? Sometimes, film projects keep flooding you even while you keep doing back-to-back films. We can’t run away from the destiny, maybe it is destined this way with ‘SR Kalyanamandapam’ and ‘Thimmarusu’ which have seen success.”

Priyanka says she has no limitations playing bold characters “if and only if the story excites me”. “I’ve been giving auditions to Netflix constantly but nothing concrete has been finalised yet. I would like to do bold characters as well. Ultimately, it depends on the story, Take the case of ‘Arjun Reddy’. Many might have felt it’s very bold, I didn’t feel it,” she adds.

Directed by Sujana Rao, ‘Gamanam’ boasts a star cast of Shriya Saran, Nithya Menen, Bithiri Satti, among others, in key roles. The film is slated to release in theatres on December 10.

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