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Priyanka Chopra: At times, my words are misconstrued; it leads to controversy

Actor Priyanka Chopra, who will feature in Bharat opposite actor Salman Khan, says that she doesn’t like it that defending her words during a controversy leads her to another

bollywood Updated: Apr 30, 2018 16:45 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Priyanka Chopra,Bharat,Salman Khan
After a long time, Priyanka Chopra has signed a Bollywood film, titled Bharat.(Hindustan Times)

Actor Priyanka Chopra wears her heart on her sleeve. But, she gets upset when she is misinterpreted.

“There are times when I feel, ‘why are you misunderstanding me?’ Sometimes, words that I say are misconstrued and then it creates a controversy. And then, I have to defend it and that becomes another controversy. I don’t like that. I am not mad, and not someone who doesn’t like logic. I am where I am because people have watched me and loved my work,” says Priyanka, before adding, “More than half my life, I have been a public person. I started working when I was 17 years old”.

Priyanka has established herself as a successful actor internationally too, with the film Baywatch (2017) and television show Quantico. However, the actor, who will feature alongside actor Salman Khan in a film, titled Bharat, quips, “No one will take the desi out this girl. Mera achaar bhi mere saath jata hai.”

The 35-year-old, who has been associated with multiple social causes, says that she “can help people change their mindset” for better. “I know I am an influence on people, I know that as a public person, people may not follow what I do because I am not a policy maker and I can’t change things. But, I can help people change their mindset. If my parents had not raised me this way and told me that ambition, opinion is good, I wouldn’t be what I am today. I am very lucky to have such progressive parents. So I want the children of the world, and especially the children of my country to be able to have those parents. I want to tell my peers that [you must] make that change,” says Priyanka, whose last Bollywood film was Jai Gangaajal (2016).

“Hopefully through the decisions that I have [made], parents will tell [their kids] to be ambitious,” she signs off.

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First Published: Apr 30, 2018 16:45 IST