PRIYA WALKS OUT

Lee­anda: “It was my idea to leave”

TV Plus (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - With his ex out the way, Ra­jesh has rea­son to smile – he’s get­ting a new lease on life.

Isidingo

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Hori­zon Deep’s crim­i­nals can breathe a huge sigh of re­lief, be­cause the min­ing town’s top cop is pack­ing her bags. Priya (Lee­anda Reddy) is cav­ing un­der life’s pres­sures and on Mon­day 1 June, she’s ready to wave good­bye to Hori­zon Deep for­ever…

“It was my idea to leave,” Lee­anda ex­plains em­phat­i­cally. While she won’t go into too much de­tail about her rea­sons for leav­ing, the mother of two is open to re­turn­ing to Isidingo one day. “Priya doesn’t die or any­thing, so the writ­ers might want her back,” Lee­anda says. And that’s a sen­ti­ment echoed by the soapie’s head­writer Rohan Dick­son, who adds that there’s def­i­nitely hope for Priya’s re­turn one day. “The char­ac­ter has not left the show per­ma­nently,” Rohan as­sures us. “The door is very much open for Priya to re­turn.”

COUNT­DOWN TO CLO­SURE

Ac­cord­ing to both Lee­anda and Rohan, Priya’s farewell is go­ing to be a highly emo­tional one. Hav­ing gone through a messy di­vorce and cus­tody battle af­ter her now-ex Ra­jesh (Jack Dev­narain) cheated on her in Jan­uary this year with his PA, a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing at work in April and a wild fling with toy­boy Brad (Izak Davel) in May, we don’t blame Priya for want­ing to take a hike. “She needs time out from the re­cent events in her life,” Lee­anda ex­plains. “Her di­vorce, Bradley… she feels she needs to re­cu­per­ate.” By Wed­nes­day 27 May, Priya has clearly made up her mind – she wants to go to Dur­ban, tak­ing daugh­ter Hi­ranya (Tasiyah Goven­der) with her to spend some time with her fam­ily.

RE­VAMPED RAJ, STEADY ED­DIE

So what does Priya’s de­par­ture mean for the char­ac­ters she min­gled with the most? Rohan tells us that Ra­jesh won’t be down in the dumps for too long. “He’s go­ing to spend a bit of time get­ting used to the idea of be­ing alone, then he’s go­ing to go through a ma­jor rein­ven­tion.” Mean­while, Priya’s po­lice part­ner Ed­die (Paul Buckby) will see her leav­ing as an op­por­tu­nity to get the job that he’s

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