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I Have Always Been My Dad's Favourite - Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra has made a special place for herself in the field of acting and singing...not only in Bollywood, but in Hollywood as well. Bollywood stars are of the opinion that Priyanka has made the country proud.

Priyanka, who is presently working on the remake of Amitabh Bachchan's hit film Zanjeer says that she has always been a great fan of Amitabhji and would like to work in each and every remake of his film.

In an exclusive interview with Oneindia Reporter Sonika Mishra, Priyanka Chopra shares information about herself and the film Zanjeer. Check out what Priyanka has to say....

Zanjeer was one of Amitabh Bachchan's greatest hits. So, when the film was offered to you, how did you react?

When Apoorva first approached me with the offer, we spoke for around 8-9 hours regarding how the film will shape up. Though the narration did not stretch for more than one and half hours, we spent lot of time talking about the movie and discussing how to make Maya's character different from the original. I gave a nod to the movie only because I thought it will be good working with Apoorva, and that's exactly what happened.

Tell us something about your character in Zanjeer

The character that I will portray in this film is the one portrayed by Jaya Bachchan in the original. However, my character in this film does not resemble that of the original Mala in any way. I don't play a 'chakku churi' girl, but a Gujarati lass who comes from NewYork to India to attend a wedding and happens to be a witness of a gruesome murder. This in turn brings Vijay into her life and that's when the story evolves.

When we talk about any of Amitabh Bachchan's remake film, or mimicing any of his style, we immediately think of you. Why is it so?

(Laughs) You don't understand...in reality, there is a heart-to-heart connection between me and Amitabh Bachchan. Big B is one of my favourite actors and I am glad that I get to act in all his remade films. I love the original film Zanjeer and I loved Amitabh Bachchan's character (Vijay) in the film. I obviously cannot be 'Vijay', hence this was the only character that I could play.

Ramcharan Teja is a Tollywood superstar. How was your experience working with him?

When we began shooting for Zanjeer, I was aware that Ram was a star in the South, but did not know that he was such a huge superstar! When we had been to Hyderabad, the roads were blocked by his fans and there were people shouting and calling out his name 'Ram' from all corners. Ram's entire family which includes his mother and wife have been very helpful. We use to be getting food from his house daily. Besides, since they knew that I enjoyed eating tasty food, they used to send home-made food of my liking daily.

How was the experience working in the Telugu remake of Zanjeer?

Speaking Telugu was very difficult for me. Since Mala's character is very talkative, I had to by-heart dialogues which ran into two pages. However, Ram helped me a lot in voice modulation and speaking style. I am very glad that I acted in such a good movie with Ram Charan Teja.

You have always said that you are a great fan of Beyonce Knowles. What is the one reason that you like her so much?

I am a great admirer of Beyonce Knowles since she is a great performer on stage. You will be surprised seeing her perform so beautifully on stage. Besides, she balances her personal and professional life very well. I too want to be like her and would like to handle my career as well as her.

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