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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

I’m not so successful for anyone to make a film on me: Priyanka Chopra

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 21, 2014
First Published: 11:03 IST(21/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:44 IST(21/5/2014)

Of late, she has been busy juggling her shoots, promotions and music career. But right before Priyanka Chopra flew off to Europe for a three-month-long shooting schedule (on board a cruise ship) for Zoya Akhtar’s next multi-starrer, we managed to catch her for a quick chat.

We’ve heard that actor-producer Aseem Merchant (her alleged ex-boyfriend) is making a movie on the early days of your career.
Mein abhi itni badi nahi hui ki koi mere upar film banaye (I’m not so successful that anyone would want to make a film on me). Right now, I am doing the Mary Kom biopic which is based on her life, and we have discussed each and every scene with her. She knows everything about the movie. In that context, no one has spoken to me (about the reported film).

Read: My film is about Prakash Jaju, not Priyanka Chopra: Aseem Merchant

But are you distressed about it?
I don’t want to give undue importance to things that are unimportant.

After playing Ranveer Singh’s romantic interest (in Gunday), you are now playing his sister. Is that weird?
We are actors. And as an actor, what you do on screen doesn’t matter in real life. The film is an interesting story about a dysfunctional family and features some fantastic actors.

With your music career on the rise, do you want to venture into Hollywood?
Jab tak kaam mil raha hai (as long as I am getting work), I will continue doing them (laughs). On a serious note, I love the kind of work I am doing in Bollywood. But I am an actor. So if I get good offers in Punjabi or Polish cinema, of course, I will take them up. I am not fervently chasing a Hollywood career.

Are you also doing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani?
There’s a long way to go before I start talking about other films. I am in discussions about three, but I can’t discuss them right now.

Read: Priyanka Chopra may soon croon for a Bollywood movie

It seems Zoya Akhtar’s film will be a nice break for you.
It’s an incredibly intricate script, so it’s not going to be a holiday. But since we are going to shoot on a cruise, it will be thrilling. I have a fantastic role. Plus, I have always admired Zoya as a director.

What’s next after your first music album?
My endeavour has always been to push the envelope. I don’t know what I will do next.

Are you excited by the response to your latest single?
Yes, it feels amazing. 'Exotic' (her second single) did so well, but I was really nervous about this one. It’s a powerful song (a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s classic, ‘I can’t make you love me’), so I was excited to see how people would react to it.

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