By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The happiest 17-year old in Mumbai right now is Priyanka's kid brother. The indulgent star-sister has got the boy the most precious gift of his life. Laughs Priyanka,"Last week I was on the way to London on a British Airways flight . My brother Siddharth comes to see me off every time I leave Mumbai. On the airport he nearly swooned when he spotted the entire Indian cricket team . He went ballistic. 'Didi, get them to sign my teeshirt and I'll be your slave for life.' I was embarrassed and horrified. How could I just pull them up to sign my brother's teeshirt? But Siddharth insisted. Then I wondered which teeshirt he wanted the team to sign since he obviously didn't bring an extra tee-shirt to the airport. To me horror, Siddharth took off the one he was wearing and gave it to me."
On flight , Priyanka hesitantly sent over a message to the team with her brother's request. "I'd have loved to meet them personally and make the request on my brother's behalf. But it was a night flight and I was in the executive class while they were in business. So I just sent over the request. They happily and graciously agreed. I came out of the flight with every member of the team's signature on my brother's teeshirt."
Priyanka's demeanour lights up. " Now my brother guards that tee-shirt as though his life depends on it. Of course he didn't remember his promise to be my slave for a year. The little brat," chortles Priyanka as she prepares to leave for Dubai to shoot for a song for Love Story 2050 with Harman Baweja.
The year ahead is looking swell for Priyanka. "I'll have four releases this year. Love Story 2050 and Drona will probably come one after the other at year-end. Then I've the comedy God Tussi Great Ho with Salman and Amitji. There's also Big Brother with Sunny .The release date has been pushed forward. I'm very sentimental about Big Brother because it's with my first hero Sunny Deol. When I first shot with him I was so much in awe I couldn't look in his eyes . I kept my eyes focused on his feet