‘I walk around like a star even in the US’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruk­mini Cho­pra ■ ruk­mini.cho­pra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Once a star, al­ways a star. Add ev­ery­where to that! At least, that’s how ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra goes about around the globe. The Bol­ly­wood beauty, who has been work­ing on an Amer­i­can TV show for al­most a year now, says even though she is fairly new to the western tele­vi­sion in­dus­try, that does not stop her from feel­ing like a star.

“When I’m on a set, even if peo­ple don’t know me there, I still walk around like a star,” says PeeCee. “I al­ways feel that you may not know me in your part of the world, but that doesn’t mean I’m not who I am. I know my job and I’m good at it. I’ll shock and sur­prise you. That’s be­cause I’ve been trained in an amaz­ing film in­dus­try by some of the most pro­lific film­mak­ers. So, ev­ery­where I go, I can learn the lan­guage and cre­ate a char­ac­ter. I know the craft,” adds the ac­tor.

Priyanka is happy that so far, she hasn’t made any “stereo­typ­i­cal” choices in her ca­reer. “In the be­gin­ning, I did films such as Ai­traaz (2004) and Fash­ion (2008). At that time, peo­ple told me that my ca­reer was over, and that I won’t get any fe­male lead parts. But later, I was ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause the au­di­ence isn’t stupid; they are ready to evolve,” she says.

As a pro­ducer, the 33-yearold is look­ing for­ward to pro­mot­ing non-Hindi cin­ema. “I set up my pro­duc­tion house to give op­por­tu­ni­ties to new tal­ent. Re­gional cin­ema is our su­per­power. It doesn’t get the sup­port it de­serves. The po­ten­tial is high. I wanted to be part of such sto­ry­telling and sup­port such cin­ema,” she says.

PRIYANKA SAYS SHE LIKES TO SHOCK AND SUR­PRISE PEO­PLE WITH HER WORK; ADDS THAT SHE WANTS TO SUP­PORT NEW TAL­ENT I did films such as Ai­traaz and Fash­ion, and peo­ple told me my ca­reer was over. But the au­di­ence isn’t stupid, they’re ready to evolve PRIYANKA CHO­PRA, AC­TOR

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