The girl who winked her way to be­com­ing an overnight In­ter­net sen­sa­tion says she can’t stop get­ting Valen­tine’s Day re­quest

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee n shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

P riya Prakash Var­rier is the girl from the song ‘Manikya malaraya poovi’ (from the film Oru Adaar Love, di­rected by Omar Lulu), whose flir­ta­tious wink made her an overnight In­ter­net sen­sa­tion — and it took just a few sec­onds of screen time in the song se­quence. On screen, Priya’s wink com­pletely charms her school­boy ad­mirer. On the In­ter­net, she’s the Valen­tine’s Day date every boy wants. Stand­ing at the thresh­old of her act­ing de­but, Priya is get­ting non-stop re­quests for a date, she tells us.

“I am very happy. Don’t know how to han­dle so much love. It’s com­pletely sur­real,” Priya says, “I’m fall­ing short of words try­ing to ex­press my­self. Never ex­pected this.” Thanks to her fame, the 18year-old, who was ear­lier signed on for a small role in the up­com­ing Malay­alam film, will now play the lead in it, op­po­site Roshan Abdul Ra­hoof (the boy who is also seen in the video). In­ter­est­ingly, her char­ac­ter’s name is also Priya.

Priya’s fan count is in­creas­ing by the minute. The thing she does with her eye­brows, end­ing in a wink and then a shy smile, is per­fec­tion. She says, “The di­rec­tor wanted me to play with my eye­brows in a cer­tain way. It’s a map­pila song (rhyth­mic songs in the north Ker­ala tra­di­tion) that has been recre­ated for the film. And there’s a scene where this girl and this boy con­verse through ex­pres­sions — and the di­rec­tor wanted a cer­tain man­ner­ism. I just fol­lowed his in­struc­tion,” says Priya, ad­mit­ting that her mail­box is full of mes­sages from men ask­ing her out for a date on Valen­tine’s Day. Some have even pro­posed to her.

So is she see­ing some­one? “There’s no one spe­cial in my life. My stud­ies and my dream of be­com­ing an ac­tor are the two fo­cal points of my life. On Valen­tine’s Day, I have to go to col­lege as at­ten­dance is a must,” says the first-year com­merce stu­dent from Vi­mala Col­lege, Thris­sur, Ker­ala.

A trained Mo­hiniy­at­tam dancer and clas­si­cal singer, Priya also has her eyes set on Bol­ly­wood. “Work­ing in Bol­ly­wood is a dream. My favourites are Deepika Padukone and Ran­veer Singh,” she says.

Priya Prakash Var­rier

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