Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra makes time for her beloved Mumbai whenever she can. She doesn’t think twice about flying down to what she calls home.
This time around, it’s a double celebration as she’s releasing her second Marathi film, 'Kaay Re Rascala,' on her 35th birthday. And much to everyone’s surprise, she has given the IIFA in New York a miss!
When asked why, she says, “I wanted to be with my family and friends. We will be travelling to Pune to celebrate my birthday. Also, since my second Marathi film releases through my home production, Purple Pebble Pictures, I had to be here personally to support the new talent.”
On the Oscars Committee:
Priyanka has been invited to become the committee member of the Academy Awards’ (Oscars). How did it come about?
She replies, “I accepted their invitation and must confess it was so simple (smiles). I am grateful to the Academy for including people from around the world. They ask for our opinions. I am very clear about my views and the Academy opens itself up to nominations for foreign language films outside of just one category.
I hope that is something which happens because there are so many films which come from around the world. Even for Indian films where our talent has won awards, it has been for those not made by India, because of the lack of opportunities. I hope that is something which changes and I can contribute to that.”
Making a mark in Hollywood:
Priyanka humbly states, “It is not easy to go to another country and start work without any kind of privilege. I don’t go with a mind frame that because I am someone I need a certain kind of treatment. I am an artiste, and when I go to another country, I have no problem introducing myself as Priyanka Chopra, an Indian actor. I have always spoken only about my achievements. I have strived to be where I am and this is the result.”
Co-producing with Madhuri:
Priyanka is co-producing an American TV show with Madhuri Dixit. When asked to elaborate, Priyanka says, “Things are moving and as soon as I finalise something, I will definitely share it with you. I have spent about a year delving on many opportunities in Hindi, English and regional cinema. I want to tell a lot of stories... I’ll share with you after everything has been finalised.”...