Movies have always been my dream: Priya Varrier | entertainment interview

Before she could even fathom what was going on, Priya Varrier had become an overnight sensation. The wink girl had turned into a national crush! She has become the most searched celebrity on google. Her Instagram followers have hit over 70 lakhs. “Not all travel is easy,” Varrier says of his sudden fame. Luck can make you a star, but you need more than luck to sustain yourself in the world of glitz and glamour. You need hard work and dedication. Priya Varrier who is back after a break in Malayalam in Four Years by Ranjith Sankar talks about her trip to Manorama.

How did you pocket ‘Four Years’?

‘Four Years’ was quite unexpected. One fine day, I received a call from Ranjith Sankar. He said he had a character in mind for me and wondered if he was interested. I gave my audition during the day. He told me later that they tried several stars and newcomers for the role. Since this was such an unexpected offer, I was delighted.

Is ‘Four Years’ a love story? Or is there more to romance?

“Four Years” is not a typical love story. The film explores the ups and downs of a relationship with great transparency. Sarjano Khalid plays the male lead. And since it’s a Malayalam film, there are no language constraints either.

You have been part of films in other languages. Are there more fans for Priya Varrier outside Kerala?

Of course, I have a lot of supportive fans outside of Kerala. But I also have fans who support me in Kerala. It’s not like I deliberately decided to only choose films in other languages. After my first film in Malayalam, I received more offers from other languages. I made movies in Hindi, Telugu and Kannada. Currently, I am making a Hindi film. Two Telugu films have been released. The Kannada movie will be released next year. I hope ‘Sridevi Bungalow’ will be released very soon. This is not a late Sridevi biopic.

How did life change after becoming an actor and model?

Not everyone will have the chance to make their passion their job. But I was lucky in that regard. And I’m very happy about that. I was only 18 when I made ‘Oru Adaar Love story’. Since then, this profession has brought me financial security. I also enjoy the freedom that comes with it. That doesn’t mean I’m overspending or wasting money. But the freedom that financial independence gives us is something else.

But in addition to those photoshoots, you’ve also been the victim of cyberbullying. How do you handle this?

I think it’s high time to normalize the word “Bold”. It’s a choice. As long as my family and friends aren’t bothered, I don’t see why people should be so bothered by what I’m wearing. I encountered a lot of cyberbullying. Especially around my photo shoots. Initially, it affected me a lot and I wondered how to deal with all this. But now such talks or barbs don’t bother me anymore. I take note of the reviews. Take what matters and move on.

You became a national crush at the age of 18. Then modeling. Singing. And you have dabbled in various areas. How do you rate yourself as an actor?

I got a lot of hype for my first movie and song. It’s a character that I had thanks to my luck. I was lucky that the song got noticed. Things started to get rough after that. It was not easy to survive here. Neither then nor now. I think I have miles to cover as an actor. Modeling also happened in the middle of it all. I also became a singer and trained from childhood. I’m actually confident in my singing skills.

Has cinema always been your dream?

Playing great characters on screen will always be what I look forward to. It was always my childhood dream to be part of good films and to make good characters. I haven’t thought of anything else since childhood. Cinema has always been my dream since childhood. I still dream of cinema. And that’s something I want to say to anyone who aspires to be a part of cinema, keep dreaming and work towards achieving your dreams. It will eventually happen.