There’s a certain quietude about Priyanka Kothari these days, which makes you wonder what this screen siren is up to. After all, we are used to seeing this gal heat up the glam quotient of films with her oomph and dare-bare roles. Ask her about it and she says, “I am enjoying the journey called life and am feeling very happy.” Is this sense of inner happiness in any way related to her reverting to her original name from Nisha? She says, “Not really. Life was fantastic then and now as well. I just did what I wanted to. That’s the way I live life -on my own terms and I follow my own rules.”
So, is she taking the failure of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag in her stride as well? After all Ram Gopal Varma is looking for new faces for his next venture? “I’ve said this many times and will say it again. I don’t belong to any one director. I belong to the film industry. Ram Gopal Varma is not my destination. Yes, he has shaped my career to a great extent, but there are other brilliant directors too out there and I am waiting to work with them.”
And waiting she is also for the ‘right’ kind of roles. Priyanka is finding it difficult to shed the sex-kitten tag and do roles that portray her as a simple, girl next door.
She explains, “I am a very simple girl at heart and would love to do roles, which explore this facet of my personality. I really wish some directors offer me such roles.”
On her way to Katni, Priyanka wishes her Nagpur stopover was longer. She says, “I haven’t been to the city earlier, but I’ve heard so much about the santra barfi that I am packing some for my mom.” And isn’t she going to taste some of it? She laughs and adds, “No way. I can’t afford a pimple or weight gain!” So does she sacrifice quite a bit of these goodies for that perfect body? Laughing again, she says, “I don’t like ice creams or chocolates, so no question of sacrifice. But I am very conscious of what I eat. I don’t diet but I eat right and exercise for at least one-and-a-half hour everyday.”
The actress whose Telugu film is slated to release soon says she isn’t too bothered about the Bollywood-South divide. She says, “Cinema is all about expression, not language. You emote well, you get appreciated.”
And appreciation she has received for her dance numbers. Ask her to choose the one number she’d love to do and she says, “Madhuri’s Ek do teen, Dhak dhak and Sridevi’s Kaate nahi kat te..I think they are marvellous songs and both the actresses have done full justice to them. If I get a chance I’d love to do them!”