Meet Priyanka Chopra, the multi-tasker: Actor, singer and now, a producer

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 16:06 IST

If acting and singing weren't enough,

Priyanka Chopra

is now a producer too. She says that she loves the challenges, and discusses her desire to promote new talent.

How do you like your job as a producer?

I haven't had the time to wrap my head around it, but I feel responsible for what I will be putting out. I've spent my entire life in the pursuit of excellence, so I hope this works out too. I've always tried to do something beyond what is expected of me - whether it's my music or the films that I do. If you don't push the limits, it's boring.

Do you aim to give new talent a chance?

There are many people who don't get a chance because the film industry is a difficult place. And I know that because I come from the outside too. That's why I've always been supportive of new talent - whether it's in my family or outside. God has given me the ability to be in a position where I can give people the opportunities that I didn't have.

Your family, too, stands to benefit from this.

I'm trying to give them everything I can. I want it to be easier for them to get opportunities. Your parents make it easier for you to have a better life, so it's the same case with me.

How was Arpita's (Salman Khan's sister) wedding?

It was one of the most fun-filled parties I've been to in a very long time. It was great. I hung out with old friends, something I haven't done for quite some time. It was a close-knit affair, with just 150 people.

You read out a note on Arpita's behalf too…

She said she was going to cry. She asked me to do it five minutes before going on the stage. Thankfully, I'm not a bad orator, so I managed. She had written the note and I just had to read it.

You were nominated by PM Modi for the Swachch Bharat campaign. Instead of a street, you chose a neighbourhood and have even made it a project under your banner.

I was excited on being nominated by the PM. I was like, "Wow! The PM has given me the responsibility." And it felt nice because I really admire him. I was looking to do something different than just cleaning the streets. The campaign is very special, and it has taken us 20 days to pull it off. We've not only cleaned an entire neighbourhood, but have also set up facilities for public welfare. Now, we just hope that people maintain it because the cleaning process took us really long. The point is to show people what they have, and to encourage them to change their mindsets. I've just taken baby steps right now. I started off with making this campaign into a project, instead of just shooting it on a phone and putting it out for public view.

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