No journalist likes to wait for hours for a celebrity to turn up for an interview. But that wait is worth it when the celebrity is Priyanka Chopra. Though the actor is currently in Mumbai, wrapping up her professional commitments, she has also been to Patna, Kochi and Los Angeles, USA, recently, covering the cities in a span of four days.
Yet, when we walk in to greet her, the actor says, “Hello”, with a big smile. Priyanka is her peppy, usual self. How does she do it? “This is normal for me,” she says with a shrug, adding, “My pace is always like this. It just happens to be in two continents now. Before doing international work, I was doing four to five films a year. I always work well under pressure. It’s my superpower.”
It has been a tough few days for the actor. She lost her maternal grandmother on June 3. When asked about the relationship the two shared, Priyanka says, “My grandmother raised me till I was about six or seven. I was close to her. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. If I had to go, that’s how I’d want to go.”
The actor has had to deal with her father Ashok Chopra’s death in the past, and is often seen sharing emotional posts about him on Twitter and Instagram. “His death has been a big blow. I still haven’t dealt with it,” she says. “I don’t know if I’ve healed, but it doesn’t hurt either. I don’t think I have accepted it. I feel like I’m travelling all over the world, and dad will be home when I return. I think grief becomes your constant companion. You just learn to live with it.”
On the work front, Priyanka has been vocal about how she is against the stereotype regarding Indians that exist in the West. The actor has often stated how she wishes to change the same, ever since she got the opportunity to play the lead role in her American television series. Ask her if she has been successful in doing that, and Priyanka says, “No, there’s a long way to go.” The actor adds that it is her “solitary fight” to “change stereotypes” regarding Hindi films too. “India is an experience, and so are our films. The world will not understand Bollywood because it comprises a different style of telling stories. Also, their culture (the West) isn’t as musical as ours. They reduce our songs and dances to a joke, a spoof or a gimmick. But music is in our veins, and that is our superpower. We shouldn’t be apologetic about it,” says Priyanka.