Celebrity/ Padmapriya

BIOGRAPHY

Padmapriya Janakiraman was born in Delhi into a Tamil Iyer Brahmin family to Janakiraman, a brigadier in the Indian Army, and Vijaya and brought up in Punjab. She did her schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Trimulgherry, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh and studied at Loyola Academy, Alwal, Secunderabad, from which she graduated with a B. Com degree. Later, she pursued an MBA degree in finance at Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies, Harihar. She was then working for GE Capital as a risk consultant in Bangalore and Gurgaon. After GE she was with Symphony in Bangalore. During her free-time, she ventured into modelling, which would later pave her way to the film business and acting. She has also won Miss Andhra Pradesh in 2001.

Padmapriya has grown up to be a vibrant danseuse under the auspices of the famous guru Natya Brahma V. S. Ramamurthy. She has more than 200 public performances to her credit. Her Krishna Leela Ballet, where she performed the role of Lord Krishna for Hyderabad Doordarshan in 1990, is telecast even today on almost all Krishna Jayanti festivals and was specially chosen for the SAARC exchange program. She also featured in Nritya Rupam, an innovative choreography by Jayalakshmi Eshwar at Delhi, which was also specially telecast by Delhi Doordarshan.

Padmapriya made her acting debut in the 2003 Telugu film Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi, a remake of the Tamil film Kasi, which itself was a remake of the Malayalam film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. She essayed the role of a sexually exploited poor sister of a blind man in the film. This made possible her entry into the Malayalam film industry in the same year, starring in the film Kaazcha alongside superstar Mammootty. For her portrayal of a mother of two children, who struggles to accommodate another child, a victim of the Gujarat earthquake, she received rave reviews and the Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year. She then started acting in Malayalam movies, where she acted with all the superstars such as Mammootty, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi and Jayaram.

In 2005, she acted in her first Tamil-language film, Thavamai Thavamirundhu, a drama that dealt with familial bond, depicting a father-son relationship, in which she was paired opposite actor-director Cheran. She played a simple college girl in the film, which garnered highly positive reviews and won several awards at major Indian award ceremonies, including a National Film Award (for Best Film on Family Welfare). Padmapriya herself was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress for her critically acclaimed performance.

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