Priyanka Chopra would rather be no.1 in Bollywood than in the supporting cast of Hollywood. She recently turned down a role in Dawn of War, an epic Clash of Titans style movie that tells the tale of Theseus, as played by Tudors’ Henry Cavill. The role of Phaedra, Theseus’ tragic wife, originally destined for Priyanka may now go to Freida Pinto instead.
Priyanka is too busy at the moment shooting for Saat Khoon Maaf, a cinematic version of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands. It’s an extraordinarily challenging role for Priyanka who plays a dark character who murders her husbands. The seven are rumoured to be Mohanlal, Naseruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anu Kapoor and Vivaan Shah, although the final casting is currently unclear and may also include a Russian and/or American actor.
Priyanka, who is also taking over Fear Factor from Akshay Kumar, rejects the view that she is stepping into his shoes on the show. “I am not getting into Akshay’s shoes,” she confirms, “I am carrying forward his legacy. He has already established the show and set a standard. No one can emulate Akshay. He does all the strenuous stunts with such ease that they look perfect. It will be a tough challenge for me to follow up his act but I am ready for it.”