Priyanka is the ‘most beau­ti­ful’ for Elar­ica

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com ■

Elar­ica John­son (above), to In­dian au­di­ences, is the girl who played the pretty wait­ress serv­ing Harry in Harry Pot­ter and the HalfBlood Prince. Now that she’s coming to In­dia to host pop star Justin Bieber’s maiden con­cert here, it’s John­son’s turn to be served… daal and naan, chicken Biryani and lot of other spicy stuff.

The 27-year-old ac­tor-model will be seen in Pot­ter au­thor JK Rowl­ing’s new TV se­ries Cor­moran Strike later this year. She tells us, “I’ve al­ways wanted to go to In­dia, so I can hardly con­tain my ex­cite­ment. I hope to ex­plore as much of the cul­ture as pos­si­ble and do a lot of shop­ping.”

Her con­nec­tion with In­dia be­gan at the age of seven, when she watched the clas­sic Mughal-e-Azam. Grow­ing up, she loved Bol­ly­wood: “La­gaan (2001; star­ring Aamir Khan) was a huge favourite of mine, and My Name Is Khan, which had my favourite male Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan. I’m also a very big fan of Priyanka Cho­pra (above) and Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez.”

Meeting Priyanka at an event in Lon­don was a very in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. John­son says, “[Priyanka] truly is one of the most beau­ti­ful women I’ve ever met, a down-to-earth in­di­vid­ual.”

If Bol­ly­wood beck­oned, John­son would come. She names Karan Jo­har and Im­tiaz Ali among her favourite film­mak­ers.

PHOTO:RICHARD SHOTWELL/INVISION/AP

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