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
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
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
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
How was the experience working in the Telugu remake of
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
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.
It seems like after going to the West, you have adopted the looks of the West as well. In fact, it seems like you have become a foreigner.
Everybody says that I have become an foreigner, but that's not
true. In fact, I have made the foreigners dance to Bollywood tunes
in my album Exotic and have taught them a few Indian
I love to give foreigners a 'taste' of my country. I love it
when people ask me how they danced to our desi tunes.
When did you start feeling so strongly for music? Did you always dream to become a singer?
I have been professionally singing only for the past one year. I
have already learnt all that I have to as far as acting is
concerned. However, it will take time for me to achieve perfection
in music. I feel that in the times to come, I will become a good
musician as well.
I had sung a Tamil song in my first film and was quite ashamed
with what I heard. In fact, I also sang one song with
Vishal-Shekhar in the film Bluff Master. However, when it was
almost on the verge of release, I requested them to not release it.
They still scare me by threatening to release it!
My father was always very supportive and wanted me to become a
singer. When I got this offer from Universal, my dad told me this
is the right time to take the plunge into singing. Initially, I
used to switch off the light while recording, however I am
What do you have to say about your fan following? How do you manage your fans?
I am a very different sort of person. I enjoy doing the work
which I find most difficult to do. My mother toon tells me that I
am always trying to complicate matters for myself. She keeps asking
me why I need to work throughout the day! But I like to do things
that people least expect me to do!
I never work to have a huge fan following. I do what I enjoy
doing and people who like my work become my fans.
Some controversy or the other comes in every now and then as far as your personal life is concerned. What would you say regarding this?
I don't like the entire world to know about my personal life,
but at the same time I don't like to 'hide' either. I am a very
private person. I believe in the truth and I am what I appear to
Did you have to do some research work and prepare yourself for the character of Mala that you were to portray in Zanjeer? Is there any such scene that you would like to share with us?
I had to portray myself as a very fun loving and bubbly girl in Zanjeer, and that's wat I had to prepare myself for. My character in the film is very talkative and loves Bollywood films. She thinks that since she has watched many Hindi films, she knows India very well.
I had discussed a lot with Apporva regarding the character. One
of the scenes in the film is my tribute to Jaya Bachchan. There is
a scene in which I take a swiss knife out and ask Ram, "Who are you
all and what are you doing here?" Nobody will know that this is my
tribute to Jayaji.
When there is an controversy surrounding you, you get into a low profile mood! Don't you think that you should open and speak up!
I don't think there is any need to do so. I am of the opinion
that if i were to speak anything regarding an issue, you
journalists would make two more 'news' out of it and publish it!
That gives the impression that I pay heed to the
If it is a very important matter to be addressed, I would
definitely do so. Most of the time, those controversies upset me a
lot and I become quiet.