The initials PBS in fashionable Tamil cinema parlance has little to do with an iconic playback singer of the bygone period.
That PBS — as in Priya Bhavani Shankar for these not clued into popular culture — has come to be her calling card, fairly actually (on movie units, amongst her followers and elsewhere), is a marker of the actor’s rise to prominence during the last couple of years.
Priya is wanted within the movie trade right here, primarily for her capability to talk Tamil. Such is her demand that she is slated to look in at least half-a-dozen movies over the course of this 12 months and the following.
Since making her début in Meyaadha Maan in 2017, the actor appeared in a supporting function in Kadaikutty Singam, and because the feminine lead in Monster. All three had been commercially profitable, and so Priya now finds herself within the highlight of an trade that’s solely too keen to guess on a person’s luck issue.
The rule of luck
Luck, nevertheless, is understood to chart its personal course: for some, it has resulted in success past anybody’s wildest desires, however for most individuals, it has resulted in a misstep resulting in an uncontrollable slide downhill.
Does this proposition make luck really feel like a burden? Priya insists that she would as an alternative guess on her capability to decide on a very good script.
“Honestly, I don’t believe in luck too much. I’m the kind of person who believes in the thoughts you put into the universe… (smiles)… but I’m very cautious when I choose the script. I do not merely want to increase the count of my movies. The script, the production house and my character in the script is what matters,” she says.
Priya’s current launch, the Karthick Naren directorial starring Arun Vijay, Mafia: Chapter 1, has her play the function of Sathya, a narcotics management officer.
For somebody whose display screen time has been restricted to taking part in “homely” characters (learn: gentle and timid), Mafia was a breath of recent air. “I thanked Karthi (the director) for visualising me this way,” she says, including, “I do think I’m being typecast in this industry. Fortunately though, things have started to change.”
The picture entice
A part of the explanation for the existence of this picture about her, she attributes to her tv stint, because the lead character Priya Arjun within the Star Vijay cleaning soap Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai.
“It had an impact on how people started to see me. Soaps have that effect. It makes people start connecting you with their family. A couple of years ago, when I posted a picture of myself in shorts while on vacation, people were like: ‘You cannot wear this dress’. That was quite alarming to me. I cannot be the same fictional character I played in a soap forever. To break that image is a huge deal,” she says.
That’s the place Sathya in Mafia is available in. However taking part in a cop function will be demanding. For Priya, it felt like “going to college or school and learning something new on the first day”.
A contented life
- Priya Bhavani Shankar has been in a long-term relationship stretching again over a decade. The duo met and fell in love throughout faculty. “The support I receive from him is incredible. I don’t think my growth puts him in an insecure place because he knows how much I love being here. I can only see happiness on his face when something good happens to me rather than being insecure with the fame and love I receive. And the kind of support I receive from my parents is because they know for sure that there is going to be this guy to take care of me even if things fall apart. When the time comes to leave, I won’t go, ‘Oh my God, I’m leaving. I’m ageing’ and all that. I know for sure I’m going to be beautiful for someone throughout my life,” she says.
What helped infuse confidence in her was the calm and picked up nature of her director. “He is a very sorted guy. I ask him: ‘Where did you learn all this? What was your source of inspiration’, and he tells me that YouTube is his teacher. But I think he is naturally blessed with [knowledge of his] craft,” she says.
Although she is blissful along with her selection of roles, Priya has one grievance with the trade. That it “isn’t very welcoming” when feminine actors demand that stronger roles be written for them.
“These calls for are very fundamental. I don’t wish to simply be part of the film. I don’t wish to sing a music and disappear. I wouldn’t prefer to see a personality like that on display screen if I used to be within the viewers. However I suppose typically it’s intimidating to the [film]makers,” she says, earlier than correcting herself barely, “I feel it may be intimidating.”
She provides: “It is the case in most big scale films, but being a part of one also counts. I’m not saying you need to give me a strong character in big hero projects, but give me a purpose and don’t just turn me into a property.”
Nevertheless, when the chance to be part of Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 got here up, she put these ideas apart to signal on the mission.
“I wanted to be part of it somehow. I have seen top paid heroines set aside their demands and play minor roles in big star films. So, I went in with the mindset of taking whatever is offered. Fortunately, that was not the case,” says Priya, who is among the feminine leads within the movie, which additionally stars Kamal Haasan, Siddharth, Rakul Preet Singh and Kajal Aggarwal.
Priya considers being part of such initiatives important for climbing the ladder within the movie trade.
“It’s one thing that frustrates me. Till you might be a part of a giant scale movie, you don’t matter [in the industry]. Your hit motion pictures don’t depend, the characters you play doesn’t matter till you have got performed a job alongside a giant hero. Typically, I feel if Indian 2 didn’t occur for me, would I’ve been positioned this manner in Tamil cinema? I don’t know. Individuals like Andrea [Jeremiah] have spoken about this previously. It’s not solely about being part of large hero initiatives, the standard of labor that you just do additionally issues. That must be revered.”