Scenes of actress Priyamani from Telugu movie Sadhyam. Priyamani is a South Indian film actress and model who has appeared in several Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam language films. She is best known for earning a National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2006 Tamil film Paruthi Veeran directed by Ameer Sultan. She is a cousin of Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.
Her debut film Kangalal Kaidhu Sei in Tamil was released in 2004, and her Telugu debut Evare Atagaadu sank without a trace. Priyamani then made her debut in the Malayalam film industry, where she starred opposite Prithviraj, through the film Satyam, but this film also performed poorly at the box office.
Despite these commercial failures, she was signed by Tamil film director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra to star opposite Dhanush in the 2005 drama Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam. She won tremendous acclaim for her performance in the film, but the film’s under-performance meant that box-office success still eluded her.
Priyamani found success coming for her finally in the year 2006, when she starred opposite Jagapathi Babu in the film Pellaina Kothalo, a film about a newly-wed couple. The film was a surprise hit given its low budget and modest star cast, and it propelled Priyamani to fame in Tollywood.
She has been cast by Ram Gopal Varma for his big-budget trilingual Rakta Charitra, starring Vivek Oberoi and Tamil actor Surya Sivakumar. Varma decided to cast her in the film after he watched her National Award-winning performance in Paruthiveeran.