Malayalam cinema has people experimenting with different genres, says actor Priya Anand

Priya says that Malayalam cinema has people who wish to experiment and there are producers who are ready to fund those projects as well.

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Actor Priya Anand will be pairing up with Nivin Pauly in Kayamkulam Kochunni which is a period drama and is being directed by Rosshan Andrews. This will be the first time that she would be paired up with Nivin Pauly and the actor says it I an exciting project. “It’s Rosshan Andrews’ vision and he clearly knows every single thing his characters should do. He is very specific — he knows how many times he wants you to blink, breathe in and breathe out as well. All I had to do was follow his instructions,” Priya Anand told Indian Express in an interview.

Priya also says that Malayalam cinema has people who wish to experiment and there are producers who are ready to fund those projects as well. “Malayalam cinema consistently has good female parts and you have people experimenting with different genres across budgets and telling very good stories. I was really fortunate to play a character like Janaki who makes so many transitions and yet stays relevant to the modern-day woman,” Priya Anand says further.

The 180 actor will also be seen in Tamil film LKG, besides Kayamkulam Kochunni, alongside RJ Balaji which is said to be a political satire. Speaking about both the films, she says, “Kayamkulam Kochunni, for example, is a film I would be proud of even several years later. LKG, even though it’s in a commercial format, is a story that needs to be told. It is entertainment but not at the expense of the audience. It is important for me to enjoy what I’m doing, do something different and learn from it.

Priya Anand wasn’t actually the initial choice in Kayamkulam Kochunni which initially had Amala Paul in the lead role. Amala Paul had to opt out of the project due to prior commitments and the role was offered to Priya Anand.

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