Padmapriya Janakiraman, simply known as Padmapriya is a successful south Indian actress and bharatnatyam dancer. She debut Telugu industry with the movie ‘Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi’ in 2003, when the Malayalam movie ‘Vaasanthiyum Lekshmiyum pinne jnanum’ was remade to Telugu. She has done movies belonging to all types and has done about 30 movies in South Indian languages.
After the success of her first movie in the role of a blind sister, she debut Malayalam in Blessy’s directorial debut ‘Kazcha’ opposite Mammooty. Her role as a house wife was well noticed and everyone believed that she is a Malayali girl. Then roles began to pour in, and all roles were of typical traditional girl type. Her face and smile also echoed the same impression. Such movies include Karuthapakshikal, Raja Manikyam and Pazhassiraja opposite Mamootty, Vadakkumnathanand Sneha veedu opposite Mohan Lal, Aswaaroodan and Janapriyan opposite Suresh Gopi, Yes your honour opposite Srinivasan, Bharya swantham suhrithu opposite Mukesh, Amrutham and Kana kanmani opposite Jayaram etc. Other movies include Ladies and Gentleman, Cobra, Bhoomi Malayalam, Nayika, Ivan Megharoopan and Seniors. Adoor Gopakrishnan casted her in National award winning movie Naalu Pennungal in which she portrayed the role of a street prostitute. She has been paired with almost all leading actors of Mollywood and she has become successful too. To get rid of traditional girl tag, she did an item song in ‘Bachelor party’ and her song was noticed.
2006 has been a successful year for Padmapriya. From the movie Vadakkumnathan onwards she began to see acting career seriously. Her role in Vadakkumnathan and Karuthapakshikal were well appreciated by audience and she won Asianet Film awards for these movies. Karutha Pakshikal gave her second best actress state awards too. Apart from it, she has won it once more for Pazhassi Raja. Among Tamil movies, her works include Thavamai Thavamirindu – the debut movie for which she won debut award Filmfare, Pattiyal, Satham Podathey, Mrigam, Pokkisham and Irumbukottai murattu singham. She has done one each from Kannada, Bengali and Hindi, movies being Tamassu, Aparajitha Tomi and Striker respectively. She is quite busy with her projects and movies that are to release soon include Anju sundarikal and Thanga Meengal.
Updated: June 07, 2013