Hello Folk! We have actress Priya Vadlamani joining us in Blab with Sandy. Interestingly, Priya is debuting with Premaku Raincheck and already has two more films which are ready to hit the screens in a couple of months. Three releases back to back for a newbie is a rare thing and Priya has embarked upon it. So, let’s wait no further and bring on the blab:
Sandy: Hello Priya! Could you tell us about your background?
Priya: Hey Sandy! I was born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and brought up here in Hyderabad…my entire schooling and +2 has been here and for my graduation I went to Christ. I did performing arts (theatre majors) with psychology and literature.
Since my earliest memories I have been crazy for dancing. I learnt kuchipudi for 12 years, I have also learnt Bharatnatyam and Kathak partially. I was in Shiamak’s special potential batch for almost 4 1/2 years.
Sandy: When and how did films interest you? How far has your family supported you in your decision to enter films?
Priya: Umm! So, honestly the first audition I gave, I felt so good about myself and I think that day I realized that I wanted to be an actor. For me more than anything it’s the way things or people make me feel about myself.
But when I try to join the dots from the past I think being a 90’s girl I used to imagine myself in all the songs and try to give expressions as to what I’d do if I was the protagonist in them or playing pranks with my family members just to see how convincing I was. Initially what fascinated me again for fooling around and bringing something imaginary to life. It’s destiny I believe at the end of the day.
Touchwood, my family has been extremely supportive. They’ve been supportive to every decision of mine. My parents always believed in me and since my childhood have put in so much trust in me they always thought that I was mature enough to make my own decisions, be it when I wanted to leave college in my second year or when I decided I wanted to be an actor.
I think secretly they always wanted me to be an actor. But nevertheless, when I felt that this was my calling they’ve never held me back and gave me the entire freedom to explore my options. But I still remember when I first told my parents that I wanted to do this and once I began shooting every time I’d sit down for a meal with my family all they’d tell me was how grounded and humble I must be and how much I need to respect this craft. And I am eternally thankful to them for giving me this life.
Sandy: Premaku Raincheck, how did you grab this offer? Few anecdotes on director AP Srinivas.
Priya: Like I said it’s all destiny. Two years back I met AP sir and though my audition went well and they liked me things didn’t work out and I carried on back with my college and then one year later after I had already signed Hushaaru I got a message from ap sir asking if I could come down and meet him that day later. I gave the audition and the next thing I know I was given Ramya.
I have said this earlier as well ap sir literally eats, sleeps, breathes Premaku Raincheck. Even in the most basic conversation with him you’ll find him using prc’s dialogues or scenes as a metaphor. He exactly knows what he wants and what his film is.
There has never been a diversion or being carried away from the script or with the character. I think all of us have just gotten his vision to life and tried to enhance it rest is all just him. I am eternally grateful to him for giving me Premaku Raincheck my first experience with film. My first movie family.
Quick Shot Round:
- Abhilash Vadada: One of the finest actors I know. His passion, dedication and hard work inspires me endlessly.
- Tollywood: Have you ever heard about a place and have just wanted to go and explore everything that city had to offer you and just take all the experience it gives you into a diary and read it for the rest of your life? That’s Tollywood for me. I want to take long walks on breezy evenings, stroll down the tourist places on a spring morning, enjoy the beauty on a rainy night. Please figure out the metaphor I really can’t explain it deeper.
- Love: It’s nirvana. It’s a feeling where you go absolutely mad but feel peaceful at the end of the day.
- If not acting: Then I think I’d be a travel journalist or worst case I’d be a cab driver.
P.S.- I am an awesome driver. 🙂
- Premaku Raincheck: My first child.
- Favorite places in Hyderabad: Roastery coffee house, cafe de loco and a lot of street food stops around the city.
- Favorite Songs from the film: They would be Pranama and the Keerthan. But I love the experience the adventure song gave me.
- Given a chance to act in a remake film, which film and which role of an actress would you like to reprise? .like I said I have grown up imagining myself in various classics from the 90’s so anyone of them would be a dream come true for me. But some others would be Hermione Granger, Arya Stark , Jodha, and Maya from Gharshana.
- Family: My family is my motivation in my life. Nothing inspires me more than them.
- A thing you’d like to change about yourself: Is that I overthink a lot! 🙂
- Possessive about: The people close to me like they are mine. Just mine.
- Acting or Dubbing: Acting is easier any day for me. Dubbing has been pretty hard for me specially for Premaku Raincheck.
- Favorite Films: Ah! They are so many but to name a few, Pride and prejudice, Tamasha , Charlie , interstellar and Harry Potter any day! 🙂
- You are stuck in a lift and only two can accompany you. Whom would you pick? Stuck in a life with two personalities I think that’d be Barack Obama and Shashi Tharoor. I wouldn’t mind Dulquer Salman or Madhavan joining in as well in there. 🙂
Sandy: How was it working with Abhilash Vadada and Monika Tavanam?
Priya: I think Abhilash and Monica are so passionate about this craft and are so hardworking and are endlessly working day in and out to carve a niche for themselves. It inspires me being around these people and having endless conversations on life, movies, characters, and some days about big boss too. I am lucky enough to have made such good friends.
Sandy: What can the audience expect from the film?
Priya: Honestly the audience today has changed. One never knows what they’d expect or like.
All I can say is that when you watch Premaku Raincheck you’ll find hard work and honesty in every scene that comes. I really hope they appreciate and like all our performances.
Sandy: What next for Priya in the coming months?
Priya: I have been simultaneously working for two other films that is Hushaaru and Subhalekhalu and they are also set to release soon. I am just waiting for all these three films to be out to go ahead further.
Sandy: A few words about Hyderabad Local. Anything you would like to tell the audience?
Priya: Firstly, thank you for this interview. I am an extremely opinionated person and even though an amateur I have a big theory behind everything. So, thank you for letting me talk about myself and let people know about me.
I think Hyderabad local is extremely different from the regular online magazines and I wish all the success in this world to everyone associated with this. You better take the entire team to watch Premaku Raincheck. And, I’d like to say that I am extremely mad about films and I really hope that they like my work and I go ahead in my career with their support and prove myself and bring out a lot more characters to life.
Editor’s note: Wishing the pretty and confident Priya Vadlamani a very successful journey ahead at the cinemas!
Interview by Sandy (Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu)