“I did not have to struggle to get into the industry” – Priyamvada Kant

After playing a melange of negative characters in the recent past, Priyamvada Kant is happy to portray the role of Sharda, an out-and out positive character, in the popular television show ‘Tenali Rama’ that airs on SAB TV. The charming who also runs a dance academy and has been a creative producer on a show, talks about her journey in the industry so far, wearing many hats as an individual and more.

After playing a variety of negative roles in your last shows, you are portraying a very positive character in ‘Tenali Rama’. How do you feel about the transition?
I played the lead role in my first show ‘Bayttaab Dil Ki Tamanna Hai’, which was produced by Balaji Telefilms. Then, I did a bunch of negative characters. I took a break last year because playing so many negative characters over the years took a toll on me. Finally, after a long time I am getting to play a positive role in ‘Tenali Rama’ and I could not have been happier. Sharda, the character I play, is very close to the way I am in real life.

Which has been your most special role till date?
Till date, my most favourite character has been Kanika Jamwal from ‘Swim Team’. I had been trying to swim ever since I was for years old but never really managed to learn it properly. The show helped me get rid of my fear of swimming as I was playing an Olympic level swimmer and had train very hard to look the part. Before the show, I had mostly done social dramas and got to play traditional characters. ‘Swim Team’, on the other hand, was a youth based show and I got to play a very young and modern character.

You have been in the industry for more than seven years now. What is the kind of struggle you had to go through when you started out?
When I was three or four years old, I saw Madhuri Dixit on television and like every girl of my age, I thought of becoming an actress. I learnt classical dance and used to perform extensively in plays in school and college. As I grew up, I became more passionate about my craft and became a professional dancer. One day, I got a call from a modelling agency in Delhi. They asked to click some pictures for them. Later, they sent an audition of mine to the casting agents at Balaji Telefilms, who happened to like it and called me to Mumbai. At that time, I was studying in college. When I was doing my post-graduation, they called me again and this time around, I decided to move to Mumbai. I quit college, packed my bags and shifted to Mumbai. I consider myself fortunate that I did not have to struggle to get into the industry. I am glad everything fell into place and got the opportunity to do all that I had wanted to do all my life. I strongly believe that if you really want to achieve something, you have to work towards it, believe that it is going to happen and doing everything possible to make it happen.

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