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What Happened To Raj's Sister Priya After The Big Bang Theory?


Aarti Mann's role as Priya on The Big Bang Theory was different than she expected, as her character was changed significantly from what she agreed to during auditions.Mann was encouraged by her mom to pursue acting and had a vision to become an actress in Hollywood from a young age.Despite not being a fan favorite, Mann received praise from her co-stars, including Johnny Galecki, who thought her character made sense from a character standpoint for the series.

Along the way, featured several guest stars. Some were loved by fans, while others weren't... Unfortunately, Aarti Mann falls under the 'weren't' category, strictly because of her role as Priya, getting in the way of Penny and Leonard.

In the following, we're going to take a closer look at Mann's involvement, and why the experience was different compared to what she expected. In addition, we'll reveal what the other cast members thought of her behind the scenes, particularly .

Finally, we'll take a look at what the actress has been up to since came to an end. Mann is still very active, she made notable cameos since the series wrapped up. In addition, she has appeared in several different films as well. We're going to take a closer look at her projects, and what her main goal was after her time on the series came to an end.

Aarti Mann Revealed Her Stint On The Big Bang Theory Wasn't What She Expected

From a young age, Aarti Mann had a vision to become an actress in Hollywood. Because of that goal, Mann revealed that she was constantly encouraged by her mom to pursue this goal.

Mann took on several projects along the way, and her most noticeable was on . However, compared to what she had agreed to during the audition stage.

"The character changed completely. Originally she was engaged and she was going to get married and Leonard was her last fling. We rehearsed it over the week and it became just Priya making a booty call," she said with Deseret News.

"It was revealed to me after we shot the show that (executive producer) Bill (Prady) wanted to leave the option open for Priya to come back later in the season."

Mann would also attempt to take on the Priya role with a comedic edge to it, ultimately this was discouraged by Chuck Lorre who wanted a straightforward approach instead.

Mann revealed in the same interview, "Whenever we're rehearsing, I'll try to play it in a more comedic way and (executive producer) Chuck (Lorre) always comes in and says, 'Play it simply. You're beautiful when you're simple.' I'm constantly told to reel it back in. I think I'm giving them what they need for the show. Every sitcom needs their straight man or straight woman."

The window was left open for a possible return, but ultimately it wasn't meant to be. As for Mann's career, it continued on with some notable roles after the series.

Aarti Mann Is Still Active In Hollywood With Upcoming Projects, But Her Latest Film Received Negative Reviews

Following her time on , Mann revealed that her goal was to make a return to commercials, similar to how she started off her career. However, it seems as though Mann kept very busy in both TV and film.

Among her noteworthy cameos since aired include in 2013, in 2015, and in 2017, all for one episode cameos. Among her latest roles includes a noteworthy performance in the TV series , appearing in 8 episodes. Her most recent project was in during 2023, but the film did not receive positive reviews with .

Mann has other upcoming projects, one is in a short, . Mann was also involved with a project alongside Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer, but it remains to be seen if it'll ever be given the green light given that declined the project.

Johnny Galecki Spoke Positively About Aarti Mann's Contributions

Mann had a blast on and following her exit, she made it clear that a return to the show was of interest to her. Although it wasn't meant to be, .

He spoke to discussing Mann behind the scenes, and how Priya made a lot of sense from a character standpoint for the series.

He reveals, "I thought it made a whole lotta sense. She did one episode this season, and we just really loved Aarti [Mann], and her work ethic kind of melded with everybody else’s. And it makes sense as far as the characters. She is Leonard’s sort of intellectual equivalent, so they’re able to communicate more effortlessly than Leonard and Penny (Kaley Cuoco), certainly," Galecki tells

Although Priya wasn't a fan favorite, she definitely received a positive reaction from those behind the scenes.

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