PeeCee: My dad isn’t sitting in Hollywood saying ‘oh, let me make a film for you’
Priyanka Chopra is a self-made actress through and through. She started out her journey in the field of glamour when she was all of 18. She won the titles of Miss India World, Miss World and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty- Asia & Oceania in the year 2000 and that was the year when it all started. After winning the beauty pageants, she debuted in Bollywood and proved her mettle as an actress. She has given power-packed performances in films like Barfi, Mary Kom, Aitraaz, 7 Khoon Maaf, Bajirao Mastani and many others and has established herself as one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood of all times.
After winning over Bollywood, desi girl Priyanka Chopra is taking over Hollywood one project at a time. With a lead role in TV show Quantico, cameos in a bunch of Hollywood films and a short yet impactful international singing career, it seems like Priyanka has finally arrived. Other than her work, the actress often makes news due to her alleged relationship/engagement with American pop singer Nick Jonas. The actress was in Delhi a few days ago to attend the FICCI Ladies Organisation’s (FLO) interactive session on ‘Challenging Status Quo and Forging New Paths’. She spoke about her acting career and transition from Bollywood to Hollywood, her pathbreaking career choices and how her personal life isn’t up for ‘public consumption’. She made it very clear that she doesn’t need to give any explanation about her relationship.
“My personal life is not for public consumption. 90 per cent of my life is for public consumption but 10 per cent is for me. I am a girl and I have the right to keep that to myself. My family, friendship, my relationships are things I don’t think I need to defend or explain it to anyone. I am not running for the Office, so I don’t think I need to give explanations,” Priyanka said.
When talking about choosing an American TV show after Bollywood, the actress was quoted saying, “It was scary, but an organic experience. I was asked by my manager to make music with Jimmy Iovine and that’s how I went to America. People there responded to me in a very casual ‘you are my friend’ tone, so I felt I was relatable to them. When I went to parties like that of the Grammy’s, people asked me why I was not working in America and that made me think about it. The opportunity to be a part of television came to me at a party. The VP of casting at an American commercial broadcast television network asked if I would want to do TV. I told her that TV is a six-year commitment and that I have never done it before. She then flew down to India to talk to me.”
She further added, “Whenever you saw Indians on mainstream global entertainment platforms, you always saw them being put in a box – either they would be nerds or a big fat Punjabi family. Why should our ethnicity define the role that we play? The only thing I told the TV network was not to come to me with a show that showcases ‘my big fat Punjabi wedding’, I won’t do it. They came to me with 26 scripts and I chose to play an FBI agent who happened to be half-Indian.”
When asked about her film Baywatch not performing well at the box-office, she said: “I don’t know many actresses who have got a chance to play a character like that in a mainstream American movie. Reviews spoke very well of me. I don’t think it was a bad decision, my dad is not sitting in Hollywood saying ‘oh, let me make a film for you’. I have to choose from what I get as a new actor and I am building opportunities for myself. I thought going toe to toe with Dwayne Johnson, which most guys don’t end up doing, was great. The only thing I missed was not getting to wear the iconic swimsuit.”
Well, we agree with Priyanka and are very proud of her for what she has achieved in India and abroad. We wish her good luck and success in her future endeavours.