As Priyanka Chopra returns from a two-day trip to the US for her TV show Quantico that was recently picked up for a full series, we catch up with the actor.
The 32-year-old talks about working on multiple assignments in different parts of the world, and why she won’t star in every Bollywood film she produces.
Juggling so many projects must be quite a challenge.
I think it’s the only way to balance my career. I am doing so much right now, and I am very excited. So many opportunities to work on simultaneously — I think it’s a great problem to have.
But isn’t it taxing to give your full attention to so many things at the same time?
My current priorities are Zoya Akhtar’s next and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. When I go to the US in July, I will focus on my TV show. As of now, I don’t know what I will learn from it, but it’s exciting to play the lead role in a show that is resting on my shoulders, and to work with such a great cast and crew.
How do you feel about adapting to the work culture in the US, which undoubtedly will be different from that in India?
I feel like I have two jobs — a day job, and a night one. At one office, I have to work in one environment, and at the other, it’s a different environment. After both, I return home to family, and to my dog. It’s an exciting phase to be in.
Priyanka Chopra to star in American television show 'Quantico'
When will you leave for the US to shoot for your TV series?
I need to be here to promote Zoya’s film and finish the shoot for Sanjay’s next right now. I will return to the US only post that, since we won’t start shooting for the show before July-August.
You recently shot for an elaborate dance sequence with Deepika Padukone for Bhansali’s film. Is it a dance-off of sorts?
Not really; it’s just two women dancing together. It’s an emotional dance based on a classical song. We had a lot of fun filming it, which I think will reflect on screen.
Having turned producer, will you now co-produce every Bollywood film you act in?
No, I won’t. As an actor, I am very different from what I am as a producer. We’re working on some interesting ideas. They don’t all need to star me; maybe some of them will.