Priyanka Chopra is playing a tough cop in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal and in life, she is a no-nonsense feminist. She revealed at the film’s trailer launch that she slapped a fan for allegedly misbehaving with her when was shooting for 2010 romance, Anjaana Anjaani. The 33-year-old star said she obliges fans by taking pictures with them but is not comfortable with physical proximity.
“I slap a lot. I think once a fan misbehaved with me. I came out of my trailer when I was shooting for Anjaana Anjaani. He just came and held my arms. I am very good with taking pictures and everything but I don’t like being touched physically. So he just held my hand and started asking for pictures. I got really scared so I grabbed his collar and slapped him. Then I got so scared and ran away,” she told reporters here.
Priyanka was speaking at the trailer launch of Jai Gangaajal, where she plays a superintendent of police (SP) Abha Mathur. Jai Gangaajal, directed and co-produced by Prakash Jha, revolves around Abha, who takes on some powerful and influential men in her district.
The actress called herself a “proud feminist” and said the concept was not anti-male. “I am an extremely proud feminist. I am someone who believes feminism is just a conversation about equality. It is not about hating or berating men. For eons, women have been treated as second class citizens and it’s high time we are given the due credit,” Priyanka said.
The actress said the movie is an attempt to blur the lines between a man and a woman. “The most important thing was to still be feminine while playing a tough character like that of a cop. As a woman it is very important to celebrate womanhood and yet be in a position of authority. I enjoyed playing the part. It was very different for me,” the Quantico actor said.
A former Miss Universe, she was asked about her reaction on the recent goof up at the finale of coveted pageant, where the host named Miss Colombia the next Miss Universe instead of the real winner, Miss Philippines. “It is so bad. If that would have happened with me, I would’ve... I feel so sorry for Miss Columbia,” Priyanka said.
She is being praised for her performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani but the actress revealed she was yet to watch the film. “I haven’t even watched Bajirao Mastani by the way. I haven’t watched any film... The whole world is calling me and talking about Kashibai but I don’t know how I’ve worked in the film.”