Padmapriya Janakiraman considers herself a “pan-Indian actress” as she has worked in films in languages like Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali and Hindi. Padmapriya, who made her Bollywood debut with “Striker” in 2010, returned to Hindi cinema after seven years with Raja Krishna Menon’s “Chef”, which released last week.
She doesn’t call it a comeback, but says she wishes to be more regular in Bollywood now. “I have not tried enough to be in Bollywood. Siddharth (actor) knew me, so that’s how my first film happened (in Bollywood). I don’t think I ever went around looking for work here. I was busy working in films from other sides. I came in the industry by chance,” Padmapriya said.
“But I hope to do more Hindi films now. I have always been a pan-Indian actress with pan-Indian taste. I want to leave a deep impact of my acting in people’s mind. I want to be the Guru Dutt of the world,” she added.
Padmapriya says she enjoyed working with actor Saif Ali Khan and director Raja Krishna Menon in “Chef”, which is an Indian remake of a 2014 Hollywood film of the same name by Jon Favreau. “They both are very sorted. I love the way how Raja visualises his female characters. That’s something I have not witnessed down south,” Padmapriya said.