Priyanka Chopra has been part of Bollywood for over 12 years now. In the last few years, she has become a name to reckon with. Think of the top female actors in Bollywood today, and Priyanka’s name will invariably be among the top few. She isn’t just a popular Indian star now, but a globally recognised actor. Her maiden TV show in the US has got an extension, she’s been creating music with popular international artistes for a couple of years now, and she still manages to churn out blockbusters in Bollywood. Above all, she literally lives out of a suitcase.
But despite all the international acclaim she has received, her heart lies back home, in India, and she says her priorities won’t change. “I love Hindi films, and I cannot see myself, as an actor, not being part of Hindi movies. There’s a reason they call me ‘desi girl’, you know?” she says, laughing. “My priority has always been getting a great part in a great film, whether that’s in Hindi or in English. As long as it is up to my standards, I’d be open to working in it, whether it’s in Bollywood or in Hollywood,” she adds.
Recently, she had told us that she’s been a bad mother to her music, and that she hasn’t been giving it enough time. So, what’s next on the music front? “I have no answer to that. I honestly haven’t given much thought to that yet. I’ll be honest, it is on the back-burner for a bit. I miss spending time in the studio, and making music. I hope I get to do it soon again. But right now, I am prioritising my show and my movies. Hopefully, between all of that, if I get the time, I’ll do something [in music],” says Priyanka.
Lately, rumours were rife that Priyanka was to sign a film called Mr Chalu, which would be made under Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s banner. Reports also suggested she would star opposite Fawad Khan in it. Interestingly, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan were the original choices for the movie. Ask her about the project, and Priyanka says that she has “no idea what’s happening with that film”. “I had spoken to the production house about that project almost a year ago, but I don’t know. I don’t think our schedules have worked out.” Understandably so, since 2015 has kept her on her toes. “The year has been a big learning experience,” she points out.
Her recent release, Bajirao Mastani, saw her playing Ranveer Singh’s on-screen wife. It is quite interesting to note that Priyanka has smoothly transitioned from playing his on-screen lover, to sister, and now, to wife. “We’re very fortunate that film-makers give us so much credit for our work and talent, and trust us with different kinds of characters and pretty radical characters at that. I’m glad that the audience sees us as actors playing different parts, and not just as Ranveer and Priyanka. Ranveer is a tremendous actor; he gives his everything [to a role],” says the actor.