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'Winning a National award doesn't mean I have to restrict myself to performance-based roles'

Priya Mani, the national award-winning actress was first noticed in Telugu in Pellaina Kothalo (even though her debut film Evare Atagaadu sank without a trace).

But she slowly started to etch her success story with films like Yamadonga, Hare Ram and Drona (which drew more attention for her swimsuit act). Equally at ease in glam roles as well as in the girl-next-door ones, she carried off any role with elan.

As her new Telugu film Mitrudu opposite senior actor Nandamuri Balakrishna gets ready to hit theatres on May 1, Radhika Rajamani caught up with the actress to know more about the film.

How did you get to sign Mitrudu?

I got a call from Rajamouli Sir's father Mr Vijayendra Prasad, who is the writer of the film. We had interacted soon after Yamadongar eleased as he had a script for me but then that didn't work out. Then Mr Prasad again called saying he has a script and it's with Balakrishna. He told me he would ask the director to give me a call and narrate the story. He said, 'If you like it, you can do it.' Then Mahadev (director) called me and narrated the one-liner to me. The one-liner sounded pretty interesting, so I thought why not.

In the picture: Priya Mani in a scene from Drona

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