Date of birth : 1982-02-28
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Delhi,India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-06
Padmapriya is an actress in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi film industries.
J. Padmapriya or Padmapriya JanakiramanInitial system is an Indian film actress and model.
A classical Tamil bharatanatyam dancer, Padmapriya made her acting debut in the Telugu-language film Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi (2003), following which she appeared in a number of Malayalam and Tamil-language films alongside leading actors. In a span of 5 years, she has appeared in nearly 30 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi and has received several major South Indian awards. She is probably best known for her critically acclaimed performances in the Malayalam-language films Kaazhcha, Karutha Pakshikal, Pazhassi Raja and the Tamil-language films Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Mirugam.
Padmapriya was born in Delhi into a Tamil Iyer 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, Bangalore. 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.
She 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.
Her passion for acting and modeling has made her successful in her films. She 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 three 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.
Currently she is working on half-a-dozen films, which include her Hindi debut venture Striker opposite Siddharth Narayan, her Kannada debut film Thamassu alongside Shivrajkumar, a cowboy-based film Irumbukkottai Murattu Singam in Tamil, Kutty Shranku with Mammootty once again in Malayalam and ace director Vishwanath's comeback film Sumadhuram in Telugu. Whilst she will be enacting the role of a bar owner in Striker, she will appear as a human rights activist in Thamassu and as an army officer's daughter in Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam.
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