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Priyanka has no problems with Akshay

Wherever she is, Priyanka Chopra is a constant grist for the gossip mills. Hiren Kotwani chats up with the star.

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Now she’s in the Bikaner sands, then in Bangkok, Boston and aaah, finally home in Mumbai. But then travel ing is just one of the perks of being in the dream factory.
But wherever she is, Priyanka Chopra is constant grist for the gossip mills. Which is why I want to know right away:

News is that you’ve signed up the Venus banner film with Akshay Kumar again.. but hadn’t you both decided mutually not to pair together after the intese rumours?

(Cautiously) I’ve no clue about this. I haven’t signed any film with Akshay yet.

<b1>Do you anticipate any problems when you work with Akshay Kumar again?

I don’t foresee any problems of working with Akshay again. When I take up a role, it hinges entirely on the script and my role in it.

Apparently, Kareena Kapoor is upset with you for doing a take-off on Pooh (

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

) in


I don’t think that’s the case. Not only Kamini but all the characters in my story were caricatures of real people in the Bombay movies. Kamini was a caricature of an item girl, Tinnu Anand was a caricature of star secretaries, Amar and Prem were modelled on real life journalists.

Kamini was meant to go over the top. Certain mannerisms and attitudes were taken from real people. I guess that was necessary because Kamini was not just any item girl. She’s a star like Helenji in her prime. Kamini had to break into nakhras, and talk in third person.

So whose mannerisms and attitudes did you adopt?

It would be very unfair to name them.. why don’t you ask the director? (Nikhil Advani).

Journalists were made fun of in the film.. where do you ever see scribes like Amar and Prem?

I don’t think that was the intention. Personally I think the media is responsible about its job.. I haven’t had any problems with the journalists I’ve interacted with. I would even say the media has been kind to me.

Then how do you react when stories about your affairs are splashed all over the papers and magazines?

(Sighs audibly) It would be clichéd to say that it’s a part and parcel of the profession, One learns to take it in one’s stride.

After you opted out of


you haven’t been offered another film by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Like Kamini, aren’t you also waiting for that one big film from him?

Yes, definitely. Karan Johar is a big name.. who wouldn’t want to work for his production banner or in the film that he directs? He understood my predicament when I couldn’t do


but that hasn’t affected the friendly rapport we share. I’m sure he’ll call me whenever he has an appropriate role.

<b3>The Yashraj banner seems to have avoided you too.

What I said about Dharma Productions goes for the Yashraj banner too. They cast actors who best suit the characters.. so I’m hopeful of being cast by them in the future.

You came in for considerable criticism for


could you handle it?

I take criticism positively. If the critics had issues with my make-up and performance, I can only hope that I won’t let them down in the future.

The trade believed that you had been accepted by the Shah Rukh Khan camp after doing a series of shows and then


with him.

How come you’re not doing any project with him anymore?

I was never into any camps, so I don’t know what to say about this. I continue to share a friendly rapport with Shah Rukh.

It’s said that you’re skillful at action scenes.. is that how you landed Goldie Behl’s


opposite Abhishek Bachchan?

I don’t know about that. I’m still learning the boundless art of acting.. if you ask me, like every actress I’d like to be versatile.

So am I good at action? Well maybe my physique allows me to be flexible. Now I may not be a Charlie’s Angel but I’m not too bad either. I hold my breath and perform my stunts.. every actress is required to do that in our movies.

<b5>After martial arts in Don, you’re now doing gatka, a north Indian form of martial art in Drona. Can you tell me what this form of combat involves? Aah, is that a question? Gatka has its own intricate techniques; I don’t want to spoil its novelty by talking about it. That’s something you’ll have to see in the film.

So where do you see your forte?
It’s been only three years since I entered the industry. So it’s too early for me to specialise in any one genre or make something my forte.

What do you have to say about Harman Baweja who’s been linked with you now?
How rude! Don’t you have friends from the opposite gender? When a heroine does, it becomes a national scandal. Really, who has the time or energy for affairs? I’m 24, I do an honest day’s work and like any working girl, go home, hit the hay and dream that maybe tomorrow I’ll find my guy.. till then I’ll let the reporters do their own guesswork. At least they think I’m important enough to be linked with any X, Y or Z I’m seen just having a harmless conversation in public.

Facts of life
¦ Her pet name is Mimi
¦ The Bareilly girl wanted to be an engineer. On an impulse entered the Miss India con test and won the Misss World title in 2000.
¦ Her first film was in Tamil, Thamizhan, a huge hit.
¦ Her prized possession is a suitcase con taining old family photographs right from the day she was born.
¦ She’s a gizmo enthusiast and spends quite some time gaming on her play station.

First Published: Feb 15, 2007 16:04 IST