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    The actress speaks to us about her upcoming movies and her childhood obsession.

    With the resolution to step out of her comfort zone this year, actress Priya Anand chooses to play a village girl in her upcoming Tamil movie, Muthuramalingam. She has also signed a Malayalam and Kannada film for the first time. Clearly, the Chennai-born actress, who has always played urban characters onscreen, is now out to challenge herself.
    We catch up with Anand at the launch of Ariel’s new campaign in the city, where she tells us that she is “just a girl from Chennai” who dreamt of acting in movies. The 29-year-old whose earlier claim to fame was Aedho Saigirai, the song from her debut Tamil movie Vaamanan (2009), has studied communications and journalism in New York. She considers herself lucky to have worked with her “childhood obsession”, actress Sridevi (in English Vinglish), and come this far, with 17 movies to her credit so far.

    On the sets
    Her eyes light up when she talks about the action drama that she is currently shooting for. Ilaiyaraja’s 1,001 film, Muthuramalingam is rumoured to star Kamal Haasan. “Gautham (Karthik,  co-star) and I are learning silambam and I’ve already managed to whack myself a couple of times while practicing it,” she confesses. Did she accidentally whack Karthik too? “Not yet,” she laughs.
    Her hands are full now with the Malayalam movie, Ezra, opposite Prithviraj, and Rajakumara, the Kannada film opposite Puneeth Rajkumar. How many languages does she know, anyway? “Not many, actually. But if you ask me the same question at the end of this year, I hope to add Kannada and Malayalam to my list,” she says.

    — Seema Rajpal

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