#AnupriyaGoenka, who plays Poorna, the head nurse of #TigerZindaHai , all set to step up her campaign for Bollywood stardom

#AnupriyaGoenka, who plays Poorna, the head nurse of #TigerZindaHai , all set to step up her campaign for Bollywood stardom
After a bit role in #ArjunRamphal’s ‘#Daddy’ #AnupriyaGoenka hit the jackpot with the #AliAbbasZafar directed, #Yashraj produced #SalmanKhan starrer ‘#TigerZindaHai’ and given the moolah the espionage action thriller is raking at the Box-office, suddenly her career in films appears to be looking up. And there’s more to come- a sizeable role in the controversy ridden #SanjayLeelaBhansali’s #Padmavati ( soon to be renamed #Padmavat) as Nagmati, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh’s(#ShahidKapoor) first wife, and a starring role in the #NageshKukkunoor directed film ‘#Maya’ Hailing from a fairly conservative background, born and brought up in Lucknow, as part of a conservative Marwari Business family, Anupriya, now 30, began her career in the corporate world and then shifted to ad films, theatre and cinema in that order.
“ Though we have a family business and women were not known to have worked outside the home front, my family left no stone unturned to educate me and allow me the freedom to choose my own destiny. My parents were apprehensive about my career choices at first but there were no restrictions from them-only cautions to be careful.” But after five years in the industry her parents have begun to appreciate her spunk and are appreciative of her forays into acting in cinema. Her scenes with the Godfather of talented struggling actors of the industry in #TigerZindaHai gave her the confidence to believe in her talent. “Salman sir was very encouraging and made me so comfortable that I was able to perform with ease.”
Ask her about playing a role- that of head nurse Poorna, among 25 Indians and 15 Pakistani nurses held captive by Syrian terrorist Abu Usman, similar to that of Parvathy in the award-winning Malayalam film #TakeOff , she shrugs and says “though the character and struggles were similar, there was a lot of dissimilarity in the screenplay and plotting of it. I never saw #TakeOff before doing this film so my view was not colored by #Parvathy’s fantastic performance.” She adds, “Ali Abbas Zafar was clear about what he wanted from me and that’s what you see on screen.” She says she has no favourite directors “ All the directors I have worked with have had something special in them and they managed to draw out the best from me. I am happy with each of my films so far and am looking forward to working with Bollywood’s best.” With her feet grounded and a strong emotive screen presence Anupriya Goenka is sure to go far. Methinks for her, stardom is just around the corner… Johnsont307@gmail.com


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