Regional cinema doesn’t get the support it deserves: Priyanka Chopra

  • Rukmini Chopra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2016 08:28 IST
After establishing herself as an actor in India and the US, Priyanka Chopra is now looking forward to promoting non-Hindi cinema. (PTI)

Priyanka Chopra has been working on an international TV show for almost a year now. Hence, she keeps shuttling between India and the US. Even though she is fairly new to the western television industry, the actor says that doesn’t stop her from feeling like a star.

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“When I’m on a set, even if people don’t know me there, I still walk around like a star,” she says, adding, “I always feel that you may not know me in your part of the world, but that doesn’t mean I’m not who I am. I know my job and I’m good at it.

Priyanka Chopra with her Baywatch co-star Dwayne Johnson. (Instagram/Priyanka Chopra)

“I will shock and surprise you. That’s because I’ve been trained in an amazing film industry by some of the most prolific film-makers. So, everywhere I go, I can learn the language and create a character. I know the craft.”

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Priyanka also says she is happy that so far, she hasn’t made any “stereotypical” choices in her career. “In the beginning, I did films such as Aitraaz (2004) and Fashion (2008). At that time, people told me that my career was over, and that I wouldn’t get any lead parts. But later, I was appreciated because the audience isn’t stupid; they are ready to evolve,” says the Bollywood actor.

As a producer, Priyanka is now looking forward to promoting non-Hindi cinema. “I set up my production house with the idea of giving opportunities to new talent. Regional cinema is our superpower. It doesn’t get the support it deserves. The potential is high. I wanted to be part of such storytelling and support such cinema,” she says.

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