Bubbly Southern star Priyamani will be making her Bollywood debut in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan’s new movie Ravana in a negative role – and she didn’t even realise it! “I didn’t know that I would be a part of the Hindi film until the costume designer came to take my measurements for two sets of costumes,” she explains, “He said he had been instructed to take measurements for both the Tamil and Hindi versions of the film…I wear different dresses in them. I was very happy when this information was revealed to me by Sabyasachi Mukherjee who has been working with Rani Mukerji for Hindi films.”
Kerala-born Priyamani is the cousin of Vidya Balan. A Psychology student, she won the National Film Award for her role in Paruthi Veeran. She was also in the hit Yamadonga and won a Filmfare South Award for her role in Thirakkatha.
Priyamani caused some controversy recently when she sported a bikini in the Southern movie Drona. “My bikini attire got a lot of attention and it has become a hot topic as no journalist can resist questioning me about it,” she admits, “I had to appear in the costume as it was required by the script. Though many other heroines have sported bikinis, I am proud of my costume as it is has assumed some significance.”