Priyanka Chopra on Abha, the ‘feminine’ cop in Jai Gangaajal

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2016 13:52 IST
Priyanka Chopra plays Abha Mathur, a cop in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal.

After stealing the show with her empathic portrayal of Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani, Priyanka Chopra is back as a tough cop in Jai Gangaajal. Talking about

Directed by Prakash Jha, Jai Gangaajal, will see her playing a female cop fighting for justice in a corrupt, male-dominated place. “It’s a very interestingly layered character. Abha is very feminine and she has been thrown into this man’s world where nobody takes her seriously even when she is Superintendent of Police, because she is a woman.”

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“She has been sent to this very male-dominated city where she has to put her foot down, making sure that she does not have to take the law in her hands at the same time.”

Priyanka Chopra in a still from Jai Gangaajal. (YouTube grab)

Priyanka says she is consciously opting for roles in Bollywood that represent the modern Indian woman. “It was very important for me to play strong female characters in my films. I started doing that a long time ago, be it Kaminey where I had just eight scenes, Jhilmil in Barfi!, Gunday, Saat Khoon Maaf or Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani.

Having established herself as one of the best performers of her generation of actresses in Hindi cinema, Priyanka also has a blossoming career in Hollywood to boast of. She is the first female star from India to front a US television show in Quantico and is now all set to make her Hollywood film debut as the main villain opposite Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch.

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Priyanka says she is consciously gravitating towards roles that have more to offer notwithstanding the length of the part. “I try really hard to play strong women, who are a representation of modern Indian woman,” Priyanka told PTI in an interview over phone from Montreal, Canada.

The film’s fate will be clear only after its release on March 4 but the actress, 33, is hopeful that people will like the movie, which deals with issues like corruption in the system, feminism and farmers’ suicide.

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