So far you’ve only read speculative reports on the prolific Hindi-Telugu-Malayalam-Tamil filmmaker Priyadarshan’s daughter Kalyani’s acting debut opposite Nagarajuna’s son Akhil in a film directed by Vikram Kumar.
Now for the first time proud Papa Priyadarshan confirms to this writer that his darling daughter who studied in New York and served as an assistant in a couple of films in the South, is indeed making her acting debut.
Says Priyan, “Yes, my daughter Kalyani is making her debut with a Telugu film opposite Akhil Akkineni.”
When asked why he didn’t direct his daughter’s debut film Priyan says, “It would be impossible for a father to be objective about his daughter’s abilities.I can never be a teacher to her.Besides, Kalyani needs to earn her own status in Indian cinema without my help.”
While the daughter gets busy with her Telugu debut Priyan who is in Singapore holidaying in a home that he owns there, returns to India on 12 July and starts shooting a Tamil film from August 28.
And yes, the doting father will direct Kalyani . “But only after she has made her name as an actor.”
Just like Alia Bhatt who chose to be launched by Karan Johar rather than her own father Mahesh Bhatt.