She has just wrapped up her next release in filmmaker Goldie Behl’s thriller web series Marry Me Stranger, starring Gaurav Chopra. (Her third web series after Social and Rain). She is the beautiful Bengali actor who wowed you on screen as the young girl in Jazbaa, as the vivacious female lead in the Karanvir Bohra starrer Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna, and in scores of ad films including those in which she starred opposite Bollywood filmstars Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra. With over 18,000 followers on Twitter, Priya Banerjee is fast becoming a force to reckon with.

No stranger to films and the web series, Priya Banerjee tells Shilpi Madan that she loves being in front of the camera to act her heart out

Prod her to share a few insights into the making of the “dark and twisted story of urban India” in Marry Me Stranger Priya says, “Marry Me Stranger is a very interesting project, quite unlike anything that I have done earlier as an actor. The formats of media have evolved radically now. For instance, Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna being a mainstream commerical Bollywood movie was tremendous fun to work on, the demands of a web series are only slightly different.”

Kiss of good fortune

It has been a long journey since she debuted in the Telugu romantic comedy KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) in 2013, opposite Adivi Sesh, beating over 150 girls in the audition to make it to the first choice. For the Canada-born model, it was a tremendous headstart in the acting industry. “Call it a sheer stroke of good luck. I shot for KISS within a few months of landing in India, and that too in a new language, Telugu, that I had no idea about. But it was an amazing learning experience and made me realise simply how much I loved being in front of the camera and acting my heart out,” laughs Priya. Then came along Jazbaa, in 2015, that marked the screen return of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, followed by Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna, and Asura. 

Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald

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