Ready to take decision on my next Hindi film: Priyanka Chopra

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 18:46 IST
Priyanka Chopra says she is a “a Hindi film actor”, and that it’s great if she is called that and not a ‘Bollywood star.” (Viral Bhayani)

Ever since she signed her American TV show, which went on to become a hit, Priyanka Chopra has largely been stationed in the US and in Canada. Of late, she has also been busy wrapping up her debut Hollywood film, an adaptation of the iconic TV show, Baywatch. It is probably due to this hectic schedule that the actor hasn’t had the time to finalise her Bollywood projects yet. But Priyanka insists that she will be doing that very soon.

“I should be taking a decision on my next [lot of] Hindi films very soon. With the next season of my TV show starting later this year, and also with the work that I have left on the Baywatch adaptation, I have limited time. I have received some interesting [Bollywood] offers. So, it’s hard to figure out which one I shouldn’t do (laughs),” she says. But the actor doesn’t want to reveal any names. “I’d rather talk about a film when I have made a decision about what I am going to be able to do, and not what I want to do (smiles),” she says.

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Making time for India

On April 30, Priyanka attended the White House Correspondents’ dinner, where she met US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama. Before that, Priyanka was in India for a few hours to receive her Padma Shri. “Both the production teams (of her TV show and Baywatch) worked really hard to take out three days for me, so that I could travel to India, even though we were shooting for the season finale then, and all my portions for the film. They understood how important coming to India was for me,” she says.

But Priyanka admits that “they (cast and crew of her film and TV show) didn’t know what the Padma Shri was”. “I told them that it’s like receiving the Knighthood in the UK; that it is the fourth-highest civilian honour in India. Then everyone got really excited for me,” she says.

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Proud of her roots

Meanwhile, in an interview to Esquire US, Priyanka clarified that Bollywood isn’t an “offshoot of Hollywood”. “First, I don’t like this term, ‘Bollywood’, because of the stereotypes that come with it. We aren’t a ‘me-too’ industry [that’s modelled] on Hollywood. We are the Hindi film industry, and we are proud to be one of the most prolific [film industries] in the world. We make about 900 movies a year, if regional films are also included. So, we need to have our own identity. And that’s exactly what I meant [in the magazine article] when I said, ‘Please don’t stereotype us (Indian actors)’,” says the National Award-winning actor, adding, “We have the ability to stand in front of any camera, in any country or on any stage, and to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with talented people from any part of the globe.”

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