I Don’t Have Any Prob­lem In In­tro­duc­ing My­self As: ‘I’m Priyanka Cho­pra And I’m An In­dian Ac­tor’.

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Bold ‘n’ beau­ti­ful, stylish and stun­ning… ap­par­ently, the num­ber of ad­jec­tives to de­fine her are lesser than any­one can imagine. Our ‘bae’ of bay PRIYANKA CHO­PRA was re­cently in town for quite a few rea­sons. Khush­boo Ti­wari and Josh Chakraborty caught up with the Quan­tico ac­tress. Read on as she talks about be­ing a pro­ducer, act­ing com­mit­ments, af­fairs and more…

From dawn to dusk, home­land to over­seas, mod­el­ling to act­ing and ev­ery­thing else amidst… the Kaashi to Baji Rao, Jhilmil to Barfi, and Fash­ion to our in­dus­try, Priyanka Cho­pra is back in Mum­bai. And there won’t be any Ai­traaz in stat­ing that she is the ul­ti­mate diva that Bol­ly­wood has pro­duced so far. She brings with her the kind of magic peo­ple talk about, a pres­ence that surely could steal any­one’s thun­der. And so when we got an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the Kaay Re Ras­cala press con­fer­ence, a Marathi film pro­duced by Priyanka Cho­pra, we thought this was not only our chance to have an en­counter with Priyanka the ac­tor, but also her, the pro­ducer and per­son. But the wait was long and yet com­pletely worth it when the gor­geous PeeCee waltzed in look­ing glam­orous in a long bot­tle green maxi. With min­i­mal makeup on, her glo­ri­ous hair was flow­ing down in loose curls. In a mo­ment’s time ev­ery­one thronged to this desi su­per­star. The at­ten­tion, scream­ing, ap­plause and ques­tions were all di­rected only to her. And it would be fair to say that she stole the thun­der of the other Marathi ac­tors present there.

Priyanka’s Pro­duc­tion Power Priyanka, ac­com­pa­nied by her mother Madhu Cho­pra who is also one of the pro­duc­ers, or­gan­ised the event to pro­mote their pro­duc­tion house Pur­ple Peb­ble Pic­tures and their sec­ond Marathi movie Kaay Re Ras­cala. When asked why she named her pro­duc­tion house Pur­ple Peb­ble Pic­tures, she said, “Pur­ple kyun ki In­dia mein yeh roy­alty ka colour hota hain aur hum log apne aap ko royal sama­jhte hain. We wanted to be a pi­o­neer in terms of a com­pany and peb­ble, be­cause hum Rolling Stones nahi hain. We are not a big com­pany, we are a small com­pany, try­ing to make re­ally good con­tent-driven films with new ta­lent. That’s why it’s Pur­ple Peb­ble Pic­tures.” She added, “We have es­tab­lished our com­pany to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to emerg­ing ta­lent - be it di­rec­tors, writ­ers, ac­tors or even mu­si­cians. Who­ever wants to en­ter the in­dus­try will be given a plat­form to show­case their ta­lent.” Re­call­ing her days of Miss World, she said, “Miss World ban ne ke bawjud bhi mu­jhe mushk­ile huyi. So for a com­mon per­son it’s cer­tainly difficult to get a foot in­side the door. And as a pro­duc­tion com­pany, we want to set our­selves in a way that we take chances on new ta­lent and Kaay Re Ras­cala is re­ally an amaz­ing ex­am­ple of that.” Would we see her act­ing in her films? She said, “As a pro­ducer, I would let the spot­light be on the ta­lent of the films and not my­self.”

Em­pow­er­ing Re­gional Cinema Un­like other celebrity pro­duc­tion houses, the Pur­ple Peb­ble Pic­tures is con­cen­trat­ing more on re­gional films. In ref­er­ence to this, Priyanka averred, “Be­ing able to work with won­der­ful ac­tors and giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to artistes who want to do good work is ex­tremely im­por­tant to me. We have so much ta­lent in our coun­try, so many peo­ple jinko op­por­tu­ni­ties nahi milti. And es­pe­cially re­gional cinema ko global plat­form dena ya woh po­si­tion­ing dena mere liye bahut za­roori tha.” She also claimed that she re­alised that beau­ti­ful stories come from such sec­tion of cinema too. And that’s why she was ven­tur­ing and de­vel­op­ing scripts for var­i­ous movies based in dif­fer­ent lan­guages and cul­tures - be it Sikkimese, Pun­jabi, Hindi or English films. Priyanka said, “I have spent quite a while in the North-east re­gions and un­for­tu­nately, it feels that those parts are the ig­nored re­gions of our coun­try. And when I shot for Mary Kom, I did re­alise that when it comes to en­ter­tain­ment and ta­lent, there is def­i­nitely lack of en­cour­age­ment. That makes it im­por­tant for me to work with As­sam and Sikkim. Main wa­han ki am­bas­sador hu, toh we keep work­ing with the govern­ment for things that need to be done for tourism etc.” So when can the au­di­ence ex­pect to see these films? She re­sponded, “The movies have to be the right ones. Meri har film ke liye woh ‘right’ hona za­roori hota hain. As a pro­duc­tion house, humne kaafi waqt bitaya hain for the last one year. The process is on­go­ing.”

Spec­trum Of Sat­is­fac­tion Ev­ery­body has a vi­sion when they start some­thing. Was Priyanka sat­is­fied with the re­sult af­ter two of her films were re­leased? Priyanka laughed, “I am never sat­is­fied with any­thing! Let’s start with that. But I am very proud of my di­rec­tor and the star cast es­pe­cially. And apart from that, I be­lieve har film ki apni kismat hoti hain, woh humko pata chal jaega aage jaate jaate.” How­ever she added, “Ev­ery­thing that comes out of my pro­duc­tion house is some­thing I am ex­tremely proud of. What you think about and what it ends up as can­not be in your con­trol. Be­cause I am the pro­ducer of the film, my abil­ity as a pro­ducer is ki main apko mauka du. I only get in­volved dur­ing the script and post pro­duc­tion level. But yes, I am very proud of the film.”

Eye­ing The World Priyanka re­cently ruled the top slot on so­cial me­dia in

Mu­jhe ek ya do deshon se pait nahi bharega. Mu­jhe poori duniya chahiye.”

Hol­ly­wood, leav­ing even Dwayne John­son be­hind. When asked how did that feel, she said, “Yes, it was quite ex­cit­ing. I think it’s the love of my fans and well­wish­ers. It has noth­ing to do with me. My co-ac­tors ac­tu­ally did con­grat­u­late me at that time.” She even sparkled all over Times Square bill­boards as well. She said, “Well I have to say that it’s not easy to go and work in an­other coun­try that too with­out any en­ti­tle­ment. Main kahin pe bhi jaati hu toh en­ti­tle­ment lekar nahi jaati ki main so and so hu toh mu­jhe aisa treat­ment milna chahiye. I’m an artiste and I don’t have any prob­lem in in­tro­duc­ing my­self as: ‘I’m Priyanka Cho­pra and I’m an In­dian ac­tor’.” Al­though this for­mer Miss World is a rage in In­dia and Amer­ica, she cer­tainly eyes the world for more. She added, “Mu­jhe ek ya do deshon se pait nahi bharega. Mu­jhe poori duniya chahiye.”

Work, Life & Af­fair To­day Priyanka is juggling be­tween Hindi films, pro­jects over­seas, Quan­tico se­ries and her own pro­duc­tion ven­ture. Many won­dered if she is stick­ing to her rule of do­ing only two films a year, she re­sponded, “Mostly! Be­cause I have been do­ing a lot of other things. If I could clone my­self I would have done six other things, but I can’t. Abhi tak sci­en­tist ne ap­proval nahi diya hain. (Laughs) But when it comes down to what I am do­ing abhi… I have done in­ter­est­ing roles in two movies and amidst that I shot for Quan­tico 3. So yeh do quick films hain, be­cause I was very ex­cited about the whole project it­self. And please let me tell you right now only that it’s not ‘the Priyanka Cho­pra’ movie, so please don’t go and watch it with that sense. These are strong in­ter­est­ing parts which I have done in two re­ally amaz­ing films with some won­der­ful ac­tors. Also, I do what I want to do and I do it when I want to. I don’t take pres­sure in life. I have al­ways been that kind of a per­son.”

Love Note Priyanka Cho­pra’s love life has al­ways been a mys­tery, they say. And she keeps it a good se­cret. Though it seemed like she wasn’t both­ered by the re­porters - ask­ing about her re­la­tion­ship sta­tus, she did say, “Abhi aapko meri zindagi ke bare mein har cheez toh nahi pata hain na. Aur mu­jhe batane ki zaru­rat bhi nahi hain.”

Ulta! In­ci­den­tally, though most ac­tors are in New York at­tend­ing an award event, our desi girl was back home in In­dia. To which she said, “Main sab kuch ulta karti hoon. Nor­mal toh karti nahi hoon main. NOR­MAL IS BOR­ING!” So if a book is writ­ten on her at this point of time, what would it be called? Priyanka laughed and quipped, “Un­fin­ished!”

Main sab kuch ulta karti hoon. Nor­mal toh karti nahi hoon main. NOR­MAL IS BOR­ING!”

with the ‘ Kaay Re Ras­cala ’ team

A still from Quan­tico

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