‘SAY­ING NO TO A FILM BREAKS MY HEART’

Priyanka has her hands full with projects, but the ac­tor says it’s bet­ter than hav­ing no work at all

HT City - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra says that she hates say­ing no to projects which she feels strongly about. The ac­tor, who is also shoot­ing for her Amer­i­can show Quan­tico while shoot­ing for her Bol­ly­wood films si­mul­ta­ne­ously, says that this doesn’t al­low her to take up much here.

“It’s my choice that I have two ac­tive ca­reers in two dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents. I want to bal­ance it out and not choose be­tween ei­ther and though it does get over­whelm­ing at times, it’s a good prob­lem to have. It’s bet­ter than hav­ing no work. But my heart breaks when I have to say no to films that I want to do, be­cause I am a greedy ac­tor,” she says.

Priyanka, who played the role of Peshwa Ba­ji­rao’s first wife, Kashibai, in her lat­est film Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani and plays an FBI agent in Quan­tico, says that while there were times when she was si­mul­ta­ne­ously shoot­ing for both projects, she didn’t find it very dif­fi­cult to switch roles. “I am not that kind of an ac­tor. I am a spon­ta­neous one and I switch in and out of my char­ac­ters and prep enough to know them well. There are dif­fer­ent schools of act­ing. They are all won­der­ful and cor­rect. But I taught my­self my job and the process is very dif­fer­ent. My process hap­pens af­ter I wear my cos­tume. That’s when I be­come the char­ac­ter that I am. Be­fore that I am only Priyanka,” says the ac­tor, who won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award for Quan­tico as well as sev­eral awards for her lat­est film Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani.

While ac­tors talk about cut­ting them­selves off from the rest of the world while pre­par­ing for their roles, Priyanka doesn’t be­lieve in that. “I am not some­one who thinks about the char­ac­ter and lives in it. Then I can’t be spon­ta­neous on the set. Then I am too pre­pared. It be­comes robotic. I just have con­ver­sa­tions with my di­rec­tor about the emo­tions of the char­ac­ter, what is she think­ing and feel­ing. I can never re­peat the same take. In be­tween ac­tion and cut, what­ever comes to me as my char­ac­ter, gets printed. I am con­ven­tional so it helps me to switch in and out,” she says.

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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