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