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Name: Priya Anand
Birthdate: 17th of September, 1986
Biography: This actress cum model was born on the 17th of September, 1986 at the Indian city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Her parents belonged to different regional backgrounds: her father BharadwajAnand was a half Marathi hailing from Hyderabad while her mother Radha was a Tamil from Chennai. Owing to this mixed regional tastes, Priya was brought up in both Hyderabad as well as Chennai. This aided her in becoming fluent in Telegu and Tamil languages. The various other languages in which she is proficient are Spanish, Bengali, English, Hindi and Marathi languages.
Ever since her childhood days, Priya had a great interest in films and she had developed a passion to get into the film industry and in turn working in the various technical departments of filmmaking. She went to the United States of America in order to pursue her higher studies. Following this, she enrolled herself at the renowned University of Albany where she studies Journalism and Communications. Soon after her education was complete, she returned to her native country in the year 2008. This was soon followed by her appearing in numerous television commercials for brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk, Nutrine Maha Lacto and Prince Jewellery.
Priya’s appearance in these television advertisements was her first step to recognition. Several directors who had watched her on screen in these advertisements started offering her roles for their films.Her very first film as an actress was the 2009 I. Ahmed directed Tamil action thriller called ‘Vaamanan’, starring Jai, Rahman, Lakshmi Rai, Urvashi, Delhi Ganesh, Santhanam and Sampath Raj. In this movie, she donned the role of a simple girl by the name of Divya who falls in love with the male lead character played by Jai. Days before this film was released, it already created a big hype thanks to its spectacular music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The song titled ‘Aedho Saigirai’ was a big hit among the audience. However this film did not create much of an impact at the box office post its release. The Tamil flick ‘Pugaippadam’ directed by Rajesh Lingam would have been Priya’sfirst film had its release date not been delayed. Here in this memoir-drama film, she starred alongside Amjad, Harish, Nandha, Sivam, Yamini and Mrinalini.
The year 2010 saw 3 of her films releasing in quick succession. The first was ‘Pugaippadam’ which was based on college life and the friendship of 7 students. Priya played the character of one of these students called Shiney George. This film received mixed reviews and was not successful at the theatres. Her second film that year was the first Telegu film in which she appeared. This film titled ‘Leader’ was a political drama directed by Sekhar Kammula and starring Rana Daggubati, Richa Gangopadhyay and Suhasini Maniratnam. In this film Priya had essayed the role of a television news reporter by the name of Ratna Prabha who went on to become a political leader. Her performance in this film was highly appreciated by the film community and this film went on to create a great impact at the theatres.Srival directed ‘Rama Rama Krishna Krishna’ was Priya’s final release in 2010. This film which was released on the 12th of May 2010 had Ram, Priya Anand, Arjun Sarja, Bindu Madhavi, Vineet Kumar and Gracy Singh in its cast crew.
Next up she appeared in the 2011 Jayendra directed romantic drama titled ‘180’ starring herself along with NithyaMenen and Siddharth. This film which hit the screens on the 25th of June was shot in both Tamil and Telegu languages simultaneously.
Soon after ‘180’ she starred in the 2012 comedy drama, ‘English Vinglish’, directed by Gauri Shinde and starring Sridevi, Mehdi Nebbou, Adil Hussain and Priya Anand herself.
Some of her upcoming films include ‘Rangrezz’, ‘EthirNeechal’, ‘Fukrey’ and an untitled project by director KiruthigaUdhayanidhi.