Priyamani has blasted Director Cheran by saying that,” Director Cheran has cheaply stated that I do not deserve the National Award. He thinks that the actress who acts with him are only fit to receive this award”. Director and Actor Cheran is directing a film titled Pokkesham. He is also doing the lead role. Padmapriya is pairing with him. Before Padmapriya was signed Cheran was interested that Priyamani should pair with him. And he contacted her in cell phone. But it seems she did not respond.
Cheran in a recent interview stated that, “Here are some species in Tamil Cinema. These actresses always have a grudge and say Tamil cinema is a place for male chauvinism and much prominence is given to male actors and we don’t have a place here. But at the same time if they are narrated a strong theme like Pokkesham, the same people runs miles and miles. Recently I tried to contact the National Award winner Priyamani to narrate this story. She did not bother to reply me even after two days of continuous calls. Priyamani’s arrogance has taken priority over her talents. She does not care about cinema.”
When contacted Priyamani with regard to this, she replied fiercely that,” People are under the impression that anybody can say about Priyamani and there is no one to ask for. Director Cheran did not contact me on my cell phone. Only somebody from his office contacted me. I told him I have already signed three films and it is difficult to give dates. Any how I told him to give me two more days to consider.
But after two days the same person contacted me and I told him it is not possible for me give dates due to my prior commitments. Because of this Cheran cannot say that Priyamani does not deserve the National Award. Maybe from his angle I may not be the fit person to receive this award. He feels that the actresses who pair with are fit to receive this award. It is always a practice because of envy, one is bound to make such comments. We should not give much prominence to such matters. Presently I am acting in a Telugu film titled Dhrona. Thirakadha, a Malayalam film is nearing completion. I have also agreed to do a movie directed by Manirathnam.”