Disney + Hotstar’s crime drama web series Aarya famed actor, Assam girl Priyasha shares her journey and experiences in a candid conversation with Ankita Kakaty.
Born in Guwahati, Assam Priyasha had a flair for performing arts right from her childhood. Her grandfather Natya Prabrakar Lt. Shri Satya Prasad Barua, was a Sahitya Academy Awardee. Marching ahead with the legacy, Priyasha began her humble journey as a dancer/choreographer and eventually a theatre performer before she stepped in to Mumbai to begin her acting career.
After completing her graduation in psychology from Delhi University, Priyasha started her career in modeling with leading brands of India and was featured in the Dove Femina collaboration calendar in the year 2009.
With a short stint in the hospitality sector as a professional, Priyasha further switched her focus on performing arts. While in Delhi, she associated herself with many theatre groups and performed in some notable plays such as Tughlaq (Betaal Theatre Group), Winter’s Egg (Mime Piece), In Search of Darya Sagar (The Blind and the Elephant etc. She also worked as an anchor, a voice-over artist, an assistant casting director for events and brands in Delhi.
Later on in the year 2016, she forayed into the world of Television Commercials (TVC). Her first TVC was for Britannia Good Day with Actor Deepika Padukone after which she was seen in other TVCs such as Goibibo, Duroflex, Freecharge, Hostar to name a few. Her first appearance was seen in the web series Made in Heaven (Season – 1) released in the year 2019 aired on OTT platform Amazon Prime, she was also seen playing the role of a journalist in Kaafir (2019) directed by Wake Up Sid famed director Sonam Nair staring Diya Mirza and Mohit Raina as the main leads aired on Zee5 OTT platform of Zee Media.
Coming on to one of her career changing role in the Susmita Sen starrer Aarya – a crime drama web series by Neerja famed director Ram Madhwani and Sandeep Modi streaming on Disney+Hotstar OTT platform which is gaining immense popularity in recent times. Priyasha shares her journey to essaying the role of Susmita Sen’s sister Soundarya in the web series Aarya (2020). On September 2019 she got a call from the casting director Mr. Abhimanya Ray to audition for two characters for the series one being Maya and the other Soundarya (Lead’s Sister). Finally she got selected for the role of Soundarya with her effortless performance.
Priyasha fondly remembers during one her shoot days, when she would meet the former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen for the first time in her life, she was excited and nervous at the same time and she expresses it as a surreal, dream come true experience for someone whom she admires.
On portrayal of her character Soundarya, Priyasha believes that it was quite different from her in real life. Soundarya the most loveable and pampered young one in the family was always protected by her parents and siblings while Priyasha is a very workaholic, self-driven creative individual finding a way through herself. But it was really challenging for her to essay the role of Soundarya who was one of the principle character in the series projecting the storyline which initially starts with her wedding and ends with her funeral sequence. And it was also a life changing experience for her to work with some of the popular industry names such as Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikander Kher, Namit Das to name a few.
Speaking on nepostism, Priyasha believes that while as outsiders we always perceive to look up to the stars Khans and the Kapoors admires them and forms an impression to go to Bollywood and to attain such name and fame. One has to start small, a decent start to say as in her case, had she denied playing a small character role of a nurse in the popular web series Made-In-Heaven, she would have struggled for many more opportunities on her way sooner or later. So, work must be worshipped and one needs give his/her best shot to be able to recognized and picked up as outsider.
Commenting on the formal education for pursuing acting as a profession, Priyasha opines that education is important and essential but getting a PhD Degree also doesn’t help much in molding one’s profession. One must have some practical, on the job training be it in theatre, performing arts, acting workshops. Priyasha throws light on some of such aspects which she quotes as “Whenever you can, you need to train yourself somehow or the other. Either get a formal training or get engaged with local theatre groups in your area, read books and information based on the art form one is interested in, try to work on the field. With such positive thoughts Priyasha revealed her upcoming work, where she is to be seen playing a completely different character in Amazon Prime’s Mirzapur 2 – a sequel to the crime thriller Mirzapur directed by Karan Anshuman and Gurmmeet Singh staring Ali Fasal, Pankaj Tripathy in the leads.
Wishing her good luck for her upcoming endeavors.