You may know her as Barbie Handa but Priyanka's cousin has now rechristened herself as Mannara which has an interesting meaning. It means something that shines in Greek. Read on to know more about this newbie and her debut film Zid which is a psychological thriller
Priyanka and Parineeti Chopra’s cousin Mannara is all set to make her big Bollywood debut with Vivek Agnihotri’s Zid. Though the film doesn’t star an established actor, it has managed to grab eyeballs courtesy its racy trailer which was released few days back and went viral on the internet in no time. With so much buzz around Mannara’s debut, we decided to catch up the young actress and spoke to her about everything under the sun. Read on to know what she had to say…
The trailer of Zid went viral and has received over 2 million views on YouTube. Did you expect such an overwhelming response? How does it feel?
We are all on the top of the world. Super happy! I would really be dishonest if I say I’m not excited and overwhelmed. I feel blessed, given the way my film has been received.. I just hope all my hard work, sincerity and the trust that the film makers showed in me pays off and the film proves to be successful, both, in multiplexes as well as single screens.
Usually actresses play safe with their debut films. So weren't you apprehensive about taking up Zid since its a bold film?
I completely followed my instincts when I heard the script. It was a difficult role but my director and producer had confidence that I could pull off a character like this. It has a wide spectrum of human emotions and I sincerely hope that I did justice to it.
Going by the trailer it’s obvious that there are a lot of bold and intimate scenes in Zid. Do you think you would get typecast because of the same? Actresses like Mallika Sherawat and Sunny Leone did get typecast…
The movie though is bold, it is not full of intimate scenes, rather it is an amalgamation of drama, thrill and wonderful music which most certainly will keep the viewers engrossed. I feel lucky that I was chosen to take up this role, in turn interpreting, showcasing and bringing onscreen the character I play. I’ve put my best foot forward and have left no stone unturned in doing so, doing justice to the challenging and performance-based script. I just hope that filmmakers like my work and the industry welcomes me with open arms and I get opportunities to experiment with roles which would challenge my acting capabilities.
We have heard that you’re a Kathak dancer and have even learned hip-hop and belly dancing. So wouldn’t it have been better had you made your debut with a dance film since the genre is also growing in Bollywood?
I believe that an actor doesn’t choose his/her debut film, it’s the film that chooses the actor and then destiny plays its role! And its rather important to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself as a person and as an actor and I guess playing Maya, I discovered a different side to myself and the character, somebody who is nice, bubbly, emotional, bold and perilous at the same time highlighting various shades of the character. The film's trailer has been received pretty well and I can’t thank my director and my producers enough to have shown this level of trust and confidence in me.
Your cousin sister Priyanka Chopra tweeted about the Zid trailer. She even clarified about your Twitter account which is nice. Do you think having a superstar in the family helps?
Certainly does! And especially when it’s somebody as helpful and motivating as Priyanka Chopra. She is a pillar of support and helpful at the same time. When you have someone like her who is at the top of the heap- all her experience comes handy to us who are newcomers for making an entry into the same world.
You started your career down South with Prema Geema Jantha Nai and not in Bollywood. Any particular reason because by then you had already done commercials with Priyanka Chopra and you did get noticed…
I consider it to be a privilege that I got a chance to work with Priyanka Chopra but every individual has a journey of his own and mine started down South and I genuinely loved working there and now I am very happy with my Bollywood Debut, Zid.
Is Bollywood your only focus for now or are you open to doing films down South as well?
I'm open to films of all kinds of films and industries as long as I love the script and the setup.
Any other Bollywood films offered to you?
The response to my trailer has been overwhelming. I have just taken my baby steps into this world. My agency is in talks with several filmmakers. But right now my priority is my debut film. Zid is all I think, breathe and live today!
A lot has been written about your equation with Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra. Would you like to clarify anything on the same?
We are family. We love each other... but I would rather appreciate if the questions are related to my profession rather than my personal life.
Also, if you could tell us what kind of rapport you share with both of them. Do you go to Priyanka for any professional advice?
We have a very healthy relation as sisters and I definitely seek PC's advice when I feel it's needed.
Lastly, both Priyanka and Parineeti love singing. Is that the case with you as well?
Yes, I love singing too. Singing runs in our family.
So when would we get to hear your voice as a playback singer?
Right now, all my focus is on Zid and how I can put in my efforts to make it a success, something which is very close to my heart for which, I, along with the entire team of Zid have worked very hard
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