Priya Anand celebrated her birthday yesterday (Sept. 17) in a simple manner at her Chennai residence. The dusky beauty has confessed that after many, many years, yesterday’s birthday turned out to be a most-satisfying one as she has managed to find her footing in the industry after a long period of struggle.
It’s not new in Tamil films that one finds a heroine, who had been relegated to the background as an ‘unlucky actress’ thanks to a string of failures at the box-office, manages to bounce back into reckoning. Priya Anand’s case is the latest which can be cited as an example of the above-said phenomenon.
Priya remained largely insignificant in Kollywood till late last year when she was signed up by Dhanush to play the female lead in his home production Ethir Neechal opposite Sivakarthikeyan. As they say, the ‘rest is history’. Ethir Neechal courted huge success at the box-office early this year and Priya is now busy with more than a handful of projects on her hand.
Priya, who turned 27 yesterday, made a nightmarish debut in Kollywood opposite Jai with Vaamanan in 2009. The film sank without a trace at the box-office and the same fate awaited her second Tamil film Pugaipadam which released in 2010. She then found solace in Tollywood where she managed to star in two successful films and starred in Nootrenbadhu which did average business. Her role in Bollywood’s ex-queen Sridevi’s comeback vehicle English Vinglish late last year got her good reviews.
Her Vanakkam Chennai opposite ‘Mirchi’ Shiva is about to release. Priya now plays Gautham Karthik’s heroine in Aishwarya’s Vai Raja Vai, Vikram Prabhu’s heroine in Arima Nambi besides Irumbu Kuthirai and looks forward with optimism to be in the ‘top league’ of actress by next year.