Not everything is about ourselves: Kalyani Priyadarshan

Being part of good films, telling great stories is what the ‘Chitralahari’ actor wishes to do besides trying her hand at filmmaking

By   |  Published: 7th May 2021  8:47 pm

Hyderabad: Kalyani Priyadarshan feels it’s more important to be a part of good films rather than prioritising herself. So, she chooses content that gives her enough scope to perform. “My dad always told me it’s important to be a part of good films. Even if the role is only for two minutes. In the end, we are working to tell great stories. Not to make everything about ourselves,” she says.

The actor is upbeat about her upcoming Malayalam love story Hridayam which stars Pranav Mohanlal. The movie is directed by Vineeth Srinivasan who has come back after a break of five years. Kalyani has another interesting flick titled Maanadu in Tamil which is being directed by Venkat Prabhu.

Her only superhit in Telugu, Chitralahari, left her with many memories. The Sai Dharam Tej-starrer had actually given her a good break and a chance to explore more in Telugu cinema. Sharwanand’s Ranarangam, however, couldn’t meet the expectations of film buffs. “I loved my character in the film and I got a chance to explore what I felt would be a different visual style of filmmaking. Moreover, I loved working with the team. No end result can take away those memories,” she says.

Like many, Kalyani has some fond memories with the popular coffee brand Nescafe. Having been raised in a south Indian family, the actor couldn’t imagine a day without a filter coffee which percolated into the culture. “I think coffee is one of the few things that connect people across many cultures. It’s amazing if you think about it. Just the smell of it is associated with so many good things in life. And a brand like Nescafé has just been synonymous with coffee my entire life. It’s amazing how they’re constantly trying to innovate with new modern products like the liquid decoction while also simultaneously holding on to the traditional routines of South Indian coffee culture and our undying love for our filter coffee,” she added.

The actor feels sad about how things are turning out each day in the second wave of pandemic. Kalyani says only time would define the future of the entertainment industry.

Kalyani never misses out posting her photographs with quirky captions on her Instagram account. Giving picture-perfect looks, swinging hard with a golf stick at Topgolf Dubai, her Insta page has everything to say about her.

Besides all these, Kalyani is serious about taking a shot at filmmaking and writing scripts. “I’ve worked behind the scenes (art department) and it’s definitely a different ball game. My dream is to direct a movie one day. But that’s a long way off,” she signs off.


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