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‘I’m not being considered by Tamil filmmakers’

The Mirugam actress is now courting trouble in Mollywood with manager issues. In a candid chat with CT, Padmapriya says that her achievements speak volumes about her work and that she’s a thorough professional. Here are some excerpts from the conversation…

We haven’t seen you in Tamil films for a long time, why?
I haven’t seen myself in Tamil films for long too. (Smiles)) I’m not going to say I have been hearing scripts and you will hear from me soon. Let me be blatantly honest – I haven’t heard from anybody and I don’t think anybody is really considering me for anything. Why? Well that’s something that beats me too! You should point the question to the makers. It’s a director-driven medium and I love to be their puppet but they have to draw the strings otherwise I am lifeless. (Smiles)

Is Malayalam cinema giving you better roles?
No, it’s not like that. Tamil has given me an experience that’s extremely rich from Vishnu’sPattiyal to Chimbudevan’s Irrumbakottai, to even a small significant role in Ram’sThangameengal. The range of films I have done in Tamil amazes me. Yes, I have had more commercial success in Malayalam but that doesn’t mean I can’t do with more in Tamil. I’d love to do more Tamil films of any genre if and when it comes to me.

What is the latest issue regarding your manager?
I’m not the only one who has a manager in Malayalam and my manager deals with other successful artists in the same language. As the issue is with the association, I don’t want to comment. When the appropriate time comes, a media conversation on this can be held.

Why do you seem to get caught in controversies…starting from director Samyslapping you to the present manager problem…
Why don’t you look at it this way – I have done 45 films across six languages and my wiki page scares me. I’m not being boastful. My achievements would be impossible without the makers and the audience. I feel lucky being where I am though it would be nice to be luckier on controversies! I’ve never been linked to a co-star or director, never had drunken stupors or been disrespectful of a producer’s position. I don’t have parents intruding in filmmaking affairs and so on. I’m a professional and like to look at myself that way. Why don’t you ask an Adoor or Shaji N Karun what they think of me at work and then see the contradiction? You will find your answers!

You are a talented actress who has won many awards, do you think such issues will affect your career?
I don’t know about my career but it definitely affects my mental health. The only philosophy that I’m not confused about in life is love. I don’t like to hurt people whoever or whatever they are…. cinema is a special creation and its process should be celebrated.
Are you someone who lives life on your own terms?
When I was 15, my uncle told me in-dependence is ‘independence’. We’re all a unit of nature, we can’t break that …the flower blooms when it has to, the thorns grow when they have to…I don’t think any of us can live our life in our own terms, and if we think we are, we are fooling ourselves.

Are you looking to do any more B-Town films?
I’m a Punjabi kuddi and Hindi comes to me naturally as a language. Doing more Hindi films would be brilliant but I am looking to doing more films…..more the merrier!

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