Padmapriya, now after marriage Padmapriya Janakiraman, has worked in more than 30 films in Malayalam ,Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali and Hindi. Her last appearances in Hindi was in Chandan Arora’a Striker in 2009.
Padmapriya is back in Bollywood playing Saif Ali Khan’s wife in Airlift director RajaKrishna Menon’s Chef.
She confesses she is thrilled to bits to work with young Menon wo shot to fame with his gritty
Political thriller Airlift last year.Menon has no remade Jon Favreu’s Chef where Saif plays Jon Favreu’s role while Padmapriya is cast in the Sofia Vergara role of ‘Chef’Ali Khan’s wife.
Enthuses Padmapriya, “I would rate working with Raja as a high point in my career so far , not because of the on-set working experience he creates, that’s something every good director worth his salt provides. But because of the genuineness and trust he develops and entrusts in his actors. Just that makes the whole experience ethereal and unique.”
Padma loved the whole set-up of Chef. “I can’t help gushing over the infectious and challenging energy Raja and his crew bring to the table .So difficult for me as an actor to match up to perfection that was created on the set!”
Most of all Padmapriya confesses to a crush on her co-star Saif Ali Khan. “This is the first ever film in my acting career where I was acting opposite an actor who I was actually star-struck about. So throughout the film and even now when the shooting is over I do feel very spaced- out being around him.”
Not that she had a problem giving her best shot to Saif’s wife’s role. “Thanks to a wonderful script, Saif’s elegant patience and intense work space, there were definite moments that both of us shared which were powerful and I can’t wait to witness them on the big screen.”