So who in Bollywood gets to secure Priyanka Chopra's newly-discovered stardom as a singer? Sources insist that she's being earnestly wooed to croon for both her underproduction films Krrish 3 and Zanjeer.
"But Priyanka can only sing in one of these films. She told us she doesn't want to sing in too many films. She wants to lend her voice sparingly in films. She has told us she would be singing in just one of the two of her films that are on the floors," said someone close to one of the two underproduction projects.
At the moment, the singer in Priyanka is being seduced by both the projects. Apparently, Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan with whom she shares a long-standing bonding over the Krrish franchise, have personally asked Priyanka to lend her voice to their film.
On the other hand, Zanjeer's leading man Ramcharan who is now Priyanka's pal has also put in his request for Priyanka's voice. In fact, the Zanjeer makers are very keen to hit the market speedily to cash in on Priyanka's new international image of the actress-singer.
The film is now being readied for an early May 2013 release, much ahead of Krrish 3. Although the latter began shooting a lot earlier, it releases much later in Diwali 2013.
Says a source, "The Zanjeer team is very keen to have Priyanka sing in the film. However there are two hurdles. One is Priyanka's proximity to the Roshans which may prompt her to sing for Krrish 3 instead of Zanjeer. Also, she is under contract not to sing for any film until her international album is released. The Zanjeer team is hoping to be the early bird and catch her voice just in time for the film's release. But for that they would have to get past Priyanka's emotional and moral commitment to singing for the Roshans. Because there's no way Priyanka would sing for both Krrish 3 and Zanjeer."
Priyanka Chopra's career as an international singer has taken off with the single In My City which one hears is music to global ears. Bollywood's me-too brigade, not wanting to be left behind in anything that wows the West, has embraced her singing acumen. Suddenly there is a demand for her vocals in Bollywood.
So, who'll bag Priyanka's vocals? Only time and PC will tell!
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