For Hariprriya, business was first career option

Last seen in the hit movie ‘Bell Bottom’, actor Hariprriya is back again with ‘Soojidaara’, an experimental film.

Ugramm’ fame Hariprriya is one among the leading actresses in south India. She made her debut with a Tulu film and now has many Kannada hits to her credit including ‘Neer Dose’ and the recent ‘Bell Bottom’.

Also a model and Bharathanatyam dancer, Hariprriya has been in the film industry for 12
years now.

In a candid conversation with Rakshitha M N, Hariprriya talks about her journey in the Kannada industry, her upcoming projects and more. 

About ‘Soojidaara’ and your role in it.

‘Soojidaara’ is an experimental film. The very nature of the film is unique as it bridges the gap between commercial films and plays.

As the director of the ‘Soojidaara’ is also from a theatre background, we could explore different layers of the film. The director was looking for someone well-versed in theatre and could speak fluent Kannada. When I was approached by the team, the actor in me wanted to grab the opportunity. I have always wanted to act in plays; I like the lengthy scenes and dialogues. I play the role of a lower middle-class girl who has an identity crisis. The character demands a lot of work in terms of portrayal. The film traces her journey.

You have been in the industry for over 12 years. How has the journey been so far?

It has been a learning journey; I have learnt something or the other in every film that I have done.

I had a good start this year. Starting with ‘Bell Bottom’, I have an interesting line-up. ‘Daughter of Parvathamma’, ‘Katha Sangama’, ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Kannada Gottilla’, ‘Ellide Illi Tanaka’, ‘Bicchu Gatti’ are some of my upcoming projects.

You were studious as a kid. What made you choose acting as a career?

Acting was not even on my list. I did not go looking for opportunities. I was selected for my first Tulu film when I was 16; I was noticed and selected by a Tulu producer who saw me perform in one of the cultural activities.

The Tulu film photographs were printed in Kannada newspapers, and that is how I got introduced to the Kannada industry. I always wanted to pursue a career in business, but destiny had other plans. All said and done, I am happy with my choice.

Do you think actors who come from a film background have an added advantage over those who don’t?

They do. Coming from a house of stars helps them get their break. They are recognised even before they are launched. Someone like me, who has no film background, will take time to make a mark. People started to recognise me only after 2 or 3 films. Apart from the break, I don’t think they have any other advantage.

Your advice to upcoming artistes?

My advice to them is to not act. We have to get into the character’s shoes and be them. That is what a true actor does. Also, when you are just starting out, make sure you choose the best among the many opportunities that come your way.

Another thing every actor should keep in mind is that it is not only important to know your lines but the entire script too; always know what the other character has to say. Also, when
you know the entire script, you can give your best.

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