Friday saw the release of new Mohanlal starrer 1971 Beyond Borders. The war-drama, directed by Major Ravi and produced by Haneef Mohammed under Red Rose Creations marks the fifth collaboration between Mohanlal and Major Ravi. 1971 Beyond Borders stars Mohanlal in dual role as father-duo Major Sahadevan and Major Mahadevan and as expected the film opened to an impressive collections at the Kerala Box Office on its opening weekend.
1971 Beyond Borders also marks the acting debut of Mumbai based model Priyanka Agrawal. She was paired opposite Bollywood actor Arunodhay Singh in the film.
In an exclusive interview to Catch, Priyanka Agrawal had revealed that she was fortunate to start her acting career with Mohanlal. She also added that before signing 1971 Beyond Borders, she had worked with Lalettan in an advertisement for a brand named Lloyd, directed by eteran Malayalam-Hindi director Priyadarshan.
"Being from North India, I always thought it would be tough working in Malayalam film industry. Though I have done many commercial ads and music albums here in North, I always wanted to work down South. Luckily, I had the opportunity to work with Malayalam superstar Mohanlal sir and director Priyadarshan sir for the advertisement of Lloyd brand. I was excited and at the same time was nervous to share the screen with such a huge star, but he is such a humble person that he made me feel comfortable to do the ad with confidence. I don't understand the Malayalam language. But his advice and care inspired me to realize that languages have no barrier when it comes to acting. I thank Major Ravi sir for this golden opportunity and to my co-actor Arunodhay Singh, and whole team of 1971 Beyond Borders for the extended support".
Priyanka also revealed her experience as Paksitani girl Ameerah in the film.
"I'm playing one of the main female lead characters in 1971 Beyond Borders. I'm portraying the role of a Pakistani girl Ameerah, the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Rana Sharif, played by Arunodhay Singh in the film. You can see me playing dual characters in the film, as young girl Ameerah and as her 65-year old avatar. I really enjoyed working in South films. I want to do more South films as they really have strong scripts and good technicians. I'm getting few offers post the release. But I'm looking for interesting scripts and performance oriented roles, Priyanka told Catch.
Priyanka also added that she is soon to make her Bollywood debut as well.
"I'm also making my Bollywood debut, which will be bankrolled by Eros International. The film will starts rolling in September 2017.
1971 Beyond Borders has been praised for Priyanka's acting especially in the scenes where she featured as the 65-year old lady.
With Vishu holidays are ahead, 1971 Beyond Borders is set to have another fruitful weekend at the Kerala Box Office.