Life has never been this good for Priyanka Chopra. Two of her films Don and Krissh have gone on to become blockbusters, creating a sturdy place for Miss Piggy Chops in the annals of Bollywood. And although she might have received quite a lot of flak for her role in Salaam-e-Ishq, never-say-die Priyanka is raring to go… literally!
How does it feel to be the new powergirl of Bollywood?
It’s flattering but I have never thought of myself as the new ‘powergirl’ of Bollywood. I am thankful to God, my parents and all those who have worked with me, for their unconditional support and encouragement because of whom I have been able to make a mark somewhere. But I have a long way to go.
How much truth is there to the buzz that Hrithik is recommending you for roles?
I have not heard of any such thing.
What kind of roles challenge you?
As an actor, it’s easy to get typecast. I would love to and have by the grace of God, been able to dabble in various genres. But I would love to do a period film.
But do you feel venturing into serious cinema would undermine your commercial success?
I’m open to doing all kinds of films. I have lots to learn before I get into serious cinema. I need to establish myself as a commercial actor before proving my mettle in serious cinema
How would you feel if you were to net a potential role from directors like Aparna Sen or Rituparno Ghosh?
I would love to work with them if the character is challenging enough and the story is interesting.
Do you see the success of a director before you ink a deal?
What matters is the script and the character. If I feel that the story is powerful enough, I would go for it. Even if a director offers me a movie with exactly five scenes or it’s a blink-and-miss role, I wouldn’t think twice before accepting it provided it’s something challenging and never been done before.
How about working with a debutant director?
It’s a subjective question. It would depend on a lot of factors like the script, characters, etc.
With Priyanka Chopra being considered the ‘it’ girl, would it be Priyanka the action girl or Priyanka the romantic actor?
I do not want to pigeon-hole myself into any cinematic frame. I would like to be known as Priyanka the actor; as someone who can play any role with ease.