Priyanka Jawalkar is a lucky girl in more ways than one. She chucked a career in IT and took a shot at cinema. Her first film ‘Taxiwala’ with Vijay Deverakonda, has given her more than she expected. But, the pandemic has been a spoilsport delaying her film projects. Her next legal thriller ‘Thimmarusu; is hitting screens worldwide today, the actor shares about playing the role of a female lawyer, and more.
“After my debut, I have gotten meaty roles with good screen space in the projects that I’ve signed. Playing a female lawyer was quite challenging though. I am still unaware whether such roles would suit me because it’s just the beginning of my career. I want to try different genres as much as possible. It would be difficult for audiences to see me in the same role over and again,” she says.
Pandemic, a worry
“Thimmarusu was scheduled to hit screens in March. I should say I was anxious rather than being desperate post my debut. I’ve been doing one movie a year. Gamanam in 2019 and Thimmarusu and SR Kalyanamandapam in 2020. I’m happy that my movies are getting released in theatres back-to-back. I’ve good scripts waiting to go on sets in Kannada and Tamil,” says the actor. “For me, it was a role reversal of sorts as my parents need utmost care at this time. They have turned kids now. Pandemic is quite a worry,” she says.
Improving her craft
“I can’t do workshops, I can’t just feel the character in one narration. It’s a gradual process for me that develops over three days of time. First day is to get comfortable on the sets, the second to get my lines right, and the third day is a complete transition.It gets easier after three days definitely, maybe I will be taking more takes initially to get the nuances right,” says the actor while sharing that she had a little time to transform from one role to the other.
“There is very less time to shift myself to the college girl role in SR Kalyanamandapam. After shooting ‘Gamanam’, for 3 months I was clueless as it had very deep layers. So much crime and tragedy, it is all filled up with various emotions. For Thimmarusu I had a bit of a challenge to actually transform myself from a college girl to a lawyer.
Director Sharan Koppisetty warned me that I was behaving like a college girl. Consciously, I had to put effort in every move – posture, walking like an advocate, and acting mature. I don’t know how someone can shoot one movie in the morning and another in the evening,” she wonders.