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