Just out of college, actor Priya Prakash Varrier wouldn’t seem to be a novice in the craft as she works with her co-stars on film sets. The actor is having a ball with the line of projects that she has signed, of late. And her latest Telugu romantic thriller Ishq is up for release this Friday.
Ishq was the most unexpected project for the actor. She says she usually takes a longer time to decide on a project. “I generally take a couple months to finalise on a project and take a call after a series of meetings and script discussions. Ishq came to me very quickly. We went on the sets within two days, which was a surprise. I have watched the Malayalam Ishq so I didn’t have to stress too much. I just had to look at the way director SS Raju wanted to portray me,” she says.
Priya, who rose to fame with the famous wink, is quite comfortable accepting movies that have commercial elements. “Expectations from Telugu audiences are different from Malayalam viewers. Here people would love to have feel-good songs, high-octane fights; so, Telugu people want those commercial and entertainment elements in movies. Be it content-driven or commercial movies, I feel like both should go hand in hand, we can’t watch content-driven films all the time, we need some entertainment too. I feel like cinema should have a healthy mix of both of them,” she says.
Teja Sajja-starrer Ishq marks her proper Telugu debut although Priya made her debut with Nithiin-starrer Check. She had very little screen space — just 15 mins — in Check. “My screen space was less in Check whereas in Ishq I am there throughout the movie. Ishq is a very intense subject. It has layers of romance and thrill, it’s not a conventional love story. It is something relatable to every individual — a daily life issue the youth faces. I feel like everybody might have faced such a situation sometime or the other.”
The actor is very quick in judging scripts. “Only the story excites me more than anything else. Everything else is secondary. I am getting good projects in Telugu as of now. The acceptance that I have in Hyderabad is more than what I have in Malayalam. I am happy to make a firm grounding away from my home, utilize the chance and entertain people as much as I can. If Malayalam industry needs me there, I would definitely go back there,” she smiles.
One of the youngest actors in Telugu, Priya is quite aware of her next move in the entertainment industry. “There is a lot more to explore. Maybe I would prefer taking classes whenever I get time. I can’t take anything for granted. Giving the best as an actor always keeps reminding me about my abilities,” she quips.