Priya Bhavani Shankar is an Indian actress and television presenter who mainly works in Tamil films. She gained recognition as a television news presenter at the Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai in 2018.Priya started her career as a newsreader, then did television shows, and later appeared in Tamil films. In an interview, she said that she wanted to become an anchor since childhood. She also said that while she was pursuing engineering she had thoughts of working as an anchor. She enjoyed her work as an anchor but was not very happy while working on television shows. In an interview, she talked about this and said, I don’t want to get back to television. Acting for television is harder than for films. My body and brain struggle to handle as much pressure.” Priya Bhavani Shankar during her school days.Before becoming an actor, she worked as a software engineer at Infosys.She appeared in Tamil films including Monster (2019) as Meghala, Mafia: Chapter 1 (2020) as Sathya, Blood Money (2021) as Rachel Victor, Hostel (2022) as Adhirshtalakshmi, and Thiruchitrambalam (2022) as Ranjani. Priya Bhavani Shankar in the film ‘Blood Money’.In 2014, she appeared in the television show Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai as Priya Arjun. Priya Bhavani Shankar in the television show ‘Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai’.She hosted various shows on the channel Star Vijay including Jodi Number One Season 5 (2015), Filmfare Awards South (2015), Super Singer Senior Season 5 (2015), and Kings of Dance Season 1 (2016). Priya Bhavani Shankar hosting the show ‘Kings of Dance Season 1’ (2016).In an interview, she said that even if her movie was a hit, no one recognized her because she did not play a big role in the film. In the interview, she further added, It is something that frustrates me. Until you are part of a big scale film, you don’t matter [in the industry]. Your hit movies don’t count, the characters you play doesn’t matter until you have played a role alongside a big hero.”.According to her, she preferred not wearing revealing clothes in films because she didn’t want to regret or feel awkward sitting with her in-laws and watching her own film after a few years. In an interview, she said that she was not heroine material and was not interested in doing roles that were glamorous. In the interview, she further said, I am open to trying out various genres. My only condition is that the projects I accept must treat women with dignity and respect. I know I am not heroine material. I’m more of a performer. I am also not interested in doing glamour roles. I want to do films which I can watch proudly with my family!”.In 2012, when she worked as a reporter, she interviewed actor Dhanush, and in 2022, she worked with him in the film Thiruchitrambalam. Priya Bhavani Shankar in the film ‘Thiruchitrambalam’.Priya had rejected offers for big films during the initial days of her career. In an interview, she talked about this and said, I don’t have a guide in the industry. No one advised me on what projects to take up. No one told me not to turn down a big film. I have made my own mistakes and learned from them.”.