Bekaboo and Jazbaa actress Priya Banerjee gets candid with Social Ketchup about her life as an actor, actors she would like to work with and a lot more.
An Indian actress born and brought in Canada where she did her schooling and completed her degree in International Marketing and Computer Science, Priya Banerjee started her career in the entertainment industry as a model and a TV show host in Canada. Her love for modelling escalated when she had the chance to participate in ‘Miss Canada’ where she was bestowed ‘Miss Photogenic’. After a few modelling assignments, she decided to move to India to try her luck in acting. Priya joined Anupam Kher’s acting school ‘Actor Prepares.’ She is also a trained Khatak dancer and has taken her formal training in Rabindra sangeet.
Priya began her acting debut with a Telugu movie Kiss: keep it simple stupid opposite Adivi Sesh. She made her Bollywood debut with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Jazbaa. She gained popularity with her roles in web series like Baarish, Bekaaboo, Love Bites, Hello Mini and Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna.
Here’s all Priya Banerjee had to share about her love for acting, shows and what who she wishes to collaborate with in the future:
What are you currently working on?
Currently, 2020 for me seems like it’s going to be all about season 2s (haha). Well, which is great as all the first seasons did really well in 2019. So I have 3 back to back season 2s I’ll be shooting for in the first half of 2020.
What is the one thing you look for in a script/story?
Content. Might it be thriller, romance, drama as long as it is gripping and has a good story that can keep the audience hooked to the screen, it works for me.
What is your favourite genre?
I love thrillers. I love watching it too and even as an actor I find it quite challenging.
Web series and OTT platforms have seen quite the growth globally as well as in India. What are your thoughts on the same?
Well, it’s definitely growing in India. In fact most of my releases last year have been in OTT platforms and they have worked so well. I’ve been on vacations and people have mobbed me by calling me out with the character names I’ve played on my web shows. Also, it’s great for new actors, filmmakers as there is more work for everyone now.
What kind of trends in content and storytelling formats are you expecting to see in the coming times?
Good content. Stuff people can relate to. Anything that’s sensible and makes sense to the audience is going to be appreciated and accepted.
One actor, who you want to collaborate with, in 2020?
Ahh! Vicky Kaushal is great right now and so is Ayushmann Khurrana. Would love to work with them sometime in the near future. Fingers crossed.
One director, who you want to collaborate with, in 2020?
Anurag Kashyap for sure. Have always loved his work. It’s edgy and out of the box.
What is the one character in a show/movie you wish you had played? (Can be contemporary or classic)
Kangana’s role in queen, (haha) won’t every actor want to play something like that?
Do you think massy films can have strong content as well? Or are these two mutually exclusive?
Of course. I mean I really like movies like Simba and I believe it had really strong social content.
Which is the one project that gave you the best learning experience?
Bekaboo for Alt Balaji. Something I was absolutely reluctant about initially. It was quite a bold step but honestly, I have learned so much about myself as an actor from that show. At the end of the day, it’s the content and storyline that really matters and what the audience would watch a show or movie.
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What does a day in your life look like?
Well, when I’m not working I like to watch movies. I love going for runs. I’m quite a homebody so I love spending my day at home watching or reading stuff.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
As answered above when I’m not working I’m quite the homebody. I can laze around all day but I do try and get a good one hour run every day. It’s like meditation for me.
If not an actor what would you be?
Nothing (haha). I don’t think I’m good at anything else at all.
Social media has become an inseparable part of everyone’s lives these days. Especially public figures. Do you think it is intrusive or do you like engaging with your fans on these platforms?
Well, I wasn’t very good at it but I’m trying to get better. I still get very shy when I have to do live stuff for promotions and all but I know I need to get better at it. I am still trying to make my posts as engaging as I can.
Which social media platform do you spend the most time on?
Umm Whatsapp! I guess to speak to friends and family and Instagram. Mostly to read memes.
Which emoji do you use the most?
Not sure why, but I relate to this smirk emoji.
How important is it for you as a public figure to be active on social media?
I believe it is quite important and I don’t think I’m very good at it but my team keeps pushing me to do more live videos and post more stuff so I think I’m getting better at it.
Does online negativity affect your mental health in any way or you steer clear of it?
Well, I would be lying if I say it doesn’t at all. But I’m also quite good at blocking negative things out. Sometimes work-related as an actor it can bother you as we are very sensitive by nature but with time I’ve realized trollers and haters are going to hate regardless of what you do so it’s best to just cut them off.
Lastly, any future projects that you can shed light on?
As of now, 2020 first half is all about shooting for my season 2s. Also, I have a movie releasing for Hotstar that I will be announcing soon.
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