Padmapriya – Actress Profile
Name : Padmapriya Janakiraman
Known as : Padmapriya
Profession : Actress, Model, Dancer
Nationality : Indian
Height : 5’6″
Birth Place : Thenkasi, Tirunelveli a small town in Southern Tamilnadu, India
Hobbies : Loves Reading, Travelling, Classical Music, Cooking, Swimming and Dancing
Earlier Profession : Risk consultant, GE, Bangalore
Dancing Skills : Classical Dance
Languages : Malayalam, Hindi, English
Education : B.Com (Hons) graduate. An MBA finance graduate at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies
Occupation : Risk consultant, Dancer, Model, Actress
Father : Brig (Retd) V.K. Janakiraman
Mother : Mrs. Vijaya Janakiraman
Brother : Prabhakar Janakiraman (lives in US)
Favourite Food : Vegetarian only
Favourite Actors : Johnny Depp, Robert Mario De Niro, Surya, Irfan Khan, Mammootty
Debut Film : Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi (Malayalam)
Padmapriya (Popularly known as Priya) well known Malayalam film actress who acted in Malayalam and Tamil films. Padmapriya is an established actress in the South Indian cinema. She is a typical Tamil girl who loves Reading, Travelling, Classical Music, Cooking, Swimming and Dancing. Padmapriya is a pure vegetarian and loves good food.
Padmapriya’s asset is her face that chameleons to any local milieu with ease. She can easily look like a typical Malayalaee girl in Kerala movies while transform herself completely to a local Tamil girl. She can easily be identified as a Kannadiga girl or Manavadu girl of Andhra Pradesh in any of her movies. Along with it, her dancing skills aid her in giving right expressions to the emotions of the characters. Padmapriya loves to do more offbeat movies with TV Chandran & Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
Padmapriya shouts from the rooftop that she is a Tamilian and being proud for that. She says that she would love to settle down in Calcutta due to her penchant for Bengali culture.
Padmapriya’s hobbies are Reading, Classical Music, Cooking, Swimming and Dancing. She is a pure vegetarian and loves good food. Priya, as she is known among her friends is talkative and comes across as a down-to-earth person.
Padmapriya’s passion for acting and modeling has made her successful in her films. Her first ever movie role was a sexually exploitted poor sister of a blind brother, in the Telugu movie – “Seenu Vaasanthi Lakshmi”, a remake of Malayalam hit – “Vasanthiyum, Lakshmiyum pinne gnaanum..”, which was later remade as “Kaasi” in Tamil. Her portrayal of a poor girl caught the attention of Blessy, the erstwhile assistant of Padmarajan, legend of Malayalam cinema. He was searching a fresh face for his off-beat film “Kaazhcha” opposite to Super star Mammooty. The role was a mother of 3 kids and how they accommodate one more kid from Gujarat earth quakes. An unusual non-glamorous debut again, Padmapriya went on to woo the classes and masses alike, making her the favourite of the western coasts of Malabar. “Kaazhcha” went on to become an off-beat classic in the annals of Malayalam cinema.
Padmapriya then did the role of a Muslim girl who falls in love with a Hindu in Sibi Malayil’s `Amritham’ opposite Jayaram was the heroine in 2005′s biggest blockbuster `Rajamanikyam.’ There was no looking back. Padmapriya can slip like a glove easily into the roles of a college student, from a rich family who falls in love with an eccentric Sanskrit professor played by Mohanlal, in Vadakkumnathan as well a social activist based on Ajitha’s life in Ashwaroodan opposite Suresh Gopi. Her 2006 released ‘Karuthapakshi’, again with Mamooty was a Big hit. She acted with Sreenivasan in the Film ‘Yes your Honor’.
Director Cheran was looking for a homely actress for his semi-biographical “Thavamai thavamirunthu” and signed this actress. The movie was a Huge Hit and soothed the audience’s hearts that longed for a brilliant performance. Then followed Pattiyal a film directed by Visnuvardhan in which she paired with Arya. Her upcoming movie in Tamil is Vasanth’s “Sattham Podathey..” opposite to current heartthrob on Kerala & Tamilnadu – Prithviraj.
Awards Won – Miss Andhra Pradesh, 2001
2006 – Atlas-Film Critics Award, Best Actress for `Karuthapakshikal’ and `Yes Your Honour.’
2006 – The Kerala State film award, Best Supporting actress for ?Karuthapakshikal? and and `Yes Your Honour.’
2007 – Ujala Asianet Film Award, Best Actress Award for her performance in `Karuthapakshikal’ and `Vadakkumnathan’.