She made a good first impression in Bollywood with Jazbaa where she had a small but pivotal role to play in the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer. Now that she is all set to be seen as a leading lady in her first romantic musical Dil Jo Na Keh Saka, Priya Banerjee is excited to check out audience response.
“It is exciting and nerve wrecking when you are the only leading lady out there,” says Priya, who originally hails from Canada and is now making her presence felt in the industry circles, “Achcha bura jaisa bhi hai, sab hamaara hai. I have a lot of belief in the film. I have belief in the director (Naresh Lalwani). It is his life story. He is Aanand L Rai‘s wife’s brother. He wanted to do the film on his own. Every frame is so well done and emotions so well laid out. This is a story that we all could relate to it. It is such a cute movie and has a next door story feel. I am glad I did this film. It is a sweet story that I could relate to.”
While in Bollywood the film has been a good journey for her, Priya also had a good experience working down South in Tamil and Telugu films. Now that she is setting up a strong base in Hindi films, what’s the kind of work that she is aiming to pick?
“I personally like commercial films but I would want to do dark films as well, say for example a murder mystery. I am not necessarily looking at films with lots of glamour, though it is interesting to watch such movies. That said, I would like to play more characters which are dark, like the one that Priyanka (Chopra) did in Aitraaz. I just loved it and I found hers as the most exciting character in the film. As an actress it is a blessing to get a role like this.”
She signs off by saying, “I would like to do more character driven roles. I don’t want people to stereotype me as this pretty girl next door.”