Her first chance to face the camera in Malayalam was along with Mohanlal for an ad film. Even when acting in that less-than-a-minute video, Priyanka Agrawal had not expected that she would land in a Malayalam film with Mohanlal as the hero. Now with the Major Ravi-directed 1971: Beyond Borders, that has happened. “It was in September that I got a call to the film,” begins the actress. “My first ad film in Malayalam was directed by Priydarshan sir. And it was Priyan sir who suggested my name to Major sir, who was looking for a north Indian actress to essay the role of a Pakistani girl,” she recollects. Priyanka attended the audition before getting selected for the role.
“As I said, I acted as Pakistani woman in two getups. One was as the wife of Pakistani Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Akhram Raja essayed by Bollywood actor Arunoday Singh. In the film set against the backdrop of 1971, I also appear as a 65-year old woman in a scene that shifts to the current period,” says the actress. “I was overwhelmed when I got the call to act in a film with Lal sir. But sadly, we had no combination scenes. Now I am looking forward to get more roles in Malayalam as well as Telugu. I am getting many offers,” says the model-turned-actress who hails from Mumbai. Quizzed about her confirmed project, she says, “As of now, I am committed to a Bollywood project which will start rolling in September. The film will be produced by Eros. I am not free to divulge more.”