I am an army kid with float­ing feet: Padmapriya

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Ac­tor Padmapriya has done many re­gional films in her 13-year-long ca­reer, but in Bol­ly­wood, she is only two films old. And the sec­ond film is the yet-to-be-re­leased Chef. How­ever, when asked about the rea­son for the seven-year gap, she at­tributes it to her “float­ing feet” and not to her flop Bol­ly­wood de­but, Striker (2010). “It wasn’t be­cause of Striker’s bad per­for­mance that I didn’t sign any film in Bol­ly­wood. There wasn’t much to do [here], and the of­fers weren’t great. I’m ex­cited to work in Bol­ly­wood, but I want to be part of mean­ing­ful projects. Chef ap­pealed to me and that’s why I be­came a part of the project,” she says. The 37-year-old ac­tor also has a Masters de­gree in Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which she pur­sued while tak­ing a break from act­ing. “I’m an army kid with float­ing feet. I wanted to do MPA at the peak of my ca­reer. Apart from be­ing an ac­tor, I’m an aca­demi­cian. I wanted to pur­sue some­thing with which I could bring about a change in so­ci­ety. It also helped me grow as an ac­tor,” she says. How­ever, act­ing re­mains Padmapriya’s first love, and she vows to never stop do­ing it. “I think I’ve be­come a bet­ter ac­tor now. I’m go­ing to re­main an ac­tor all my life. It’s def­i­nitely a full-time job for me. I love work­ing in dif­fer­ent re­gional films. I might take a few breaks, here and there, to bring in some fresh­ness in life, but other than that, it will be dif­fi­cult for me to not act,” she says.

This is not a good time to be Kan­gana Ra­naut. Not only has her film Sim­ran, sunk with­out a trace, but her con­fes­sions of her pre­vi­ous love af­fairs have also made her lose face. While other vic­tims of Ra­naut’s tongue­lash­ing, namely ac­tors Hrithik Roshan and Ad­hyayan Su­man, have stayed mum, ac­tor Aditya Pan­choli and his wife, ac­tor Za­rina Wa­hab, have sent crim­i­nal and civil defama­tion no­tices to Kan­gana. Dur­ing her pro­mo­tional cam­paign for Sim­ran, Kan­gana shared un­savoury de­tails of her “trau­matic” af­fair with Pan­choli when she was new in Bol­ly­wood. She called him her “men­tor turned tor­men­tor”. “She crossed all lim­its. She should have let the past bury it­self in­stead of fling­ing mud oth­ers. She should have let her work speak for her in­stead of dig­ging up past af­fairs, com­pro­mis­ing other fam­i­lies,” says Wa­hab. So, what do she and her hus­band want from Kan­gana? Za­rina says, “Only a public apol­ogy for all the hurt and slan­der she has caused. Did you hear what she said [in an in­ter­view] to Barkha Dutt? She is such a ca­pa­ble artist. What is the point in hurt­ing peo­ple who were im­por­tant to her at some point?”

There wasn’t much to do in Bol­ly­wood, and the of­fers weren’t great. I’m ex­cited to work in Bol­ly­wood [in the film Chef], but I want to be part of mean­ing­ful projects PADMAPRIYA, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

Kan­gana Ra­naut Za­rina Wa­hab and Aditya Pan­choli

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