Evidently, Twitter and Facebook isn’t where social interaction ends. To share moments of her life off-camera with fans, Priyanka Chopra launched a voice blog and YouTube channel, and announced the launch of an interactive voice chat service.
The actress was one of the first Bollywood stars to get on to social networking sites, and has always proactively engaged in conversation with fans. Her latest decision is owing to her eight-lakh plus fan base who asked her to start a blog. “I’ve explored the written medium, so I thought voice and video platforms would be interesting. Here, I will talk about whatever I feel like. People will know that I too lead a normal life,” Chopra says.
The YouTube channel is named ‘priyankachopra’ and the voice blog can be accessed by dialling *5111* from a cellphone. The subscription-based properties — all of which are launched in association with UTV Interactive — will also have snippets on Chopra’s work.
However, she’s insistent about not letting the medium be used to discuss her personal life. “There’s a side to me that loves talking, but I won’t encourage questions about the side that I don’t want to disclose,” she says.
Although she’s accessible, she never feels obliged to reply to fans. “I tweet only when I want to and am open to criticism. If someone doesn’t like my work, now they can openly voice it,” she says.
Chopra left for Berlin to start shooting for Don 2. Although Roma, her character, isn’t quite a technology enthusiast, Chopra wouldn’t mind leveraging her knowledge of mobile phones and the Web to add a geeky side to a future character. “Actors derive from themselves and others. You can play whoever you want, and the person doesn’t have to be an extension of yourself,” she adds.