Priyanka Working Hard

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Priyanka Chopra is certainly a very busy actress with a full slate this year and into the next. She has just gotten back from a location shoot in Miami for Dostana, is working on Fashion, is doing the promotional rounds for Love Story 2050, which releases on July 4th and has many other projects she has or will be shooting for. She recently sat down with Screen Weekly and discussed these projects and other filmi things!

About Love Story 2050 (LS) and what sets it apart she said, “Well, the most exciting part about Love Story is the film itself. It is the first of its kind in India people haven’t seen SFX of this kind in Indian cinema. Not even in Krrish. Sure it was India’s first superhero film with fantastic SFX. But LS is India’s first sci-fi film. I am proud to be a part of both these films. The SFX in LS will set a high bar in India.”

Harman Baweja is making his debut in the film and about her co-star she said, “Harman has very emotional and expressive eyes, which is very important for an actor. This film does not look like his first. He’s very professional – like he is always on time. He knows filmmaking very well as he has studied it. He definitely has an edge over a lot of newcomers. This being a home production, he’s been a part of everything -from SFX, direction to production and that also gives him an edge.”

Priyanka plays two characters in the film, Sana who lives in the present and Zayesha who lives in 2050. Priyanka said about the two girls she portrays: “ Both the roles are different in terms of the character sketches as well as looks. The first part is of Sana, a present-day girl – she’s very soft spoken, poetry loving, diary writing girl living in Australia. She’s sweet and feminine, just 21. So I have kept a very soft look with light brown hair and eyes, peaches and cream complexion and a softer voice unlike mine that is of a much deeper quality.

Zayesha, on the other hand, is a pop star in the year 2050. She’s boisterous, arrogant, loves herself – yet she’s a girl inside, she feels lonely, as she doesn’t have much of a family. Her parents died in a car crash and she only has her Nani who incidentally doesn’t live with her. She lives with her little teddy bear named Boo, he’s her governess cum best buddy – cuts fruits for her, takes out her clothes. Her pop album is called ME. Everything about her is herself. She’s tomorrow’s woman that yesterday spoke of. She’s an enigma, a mystery. I wanted to make her drastically different so I gave her red hair darker skin tone; grey eyes and her clothes are of darker hues – black, blues and browns. Yet she’s feminine enough for the hero to fall in love with.”

Next up is a role in Chamku with Bobby Deol and then she has God Tussi Great Ho with Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Amitabh Bachchan as God. She is also working on Dostana with John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan. They just came back from a shoot in Miami and Priyanka said it was great fun! She did clarify she will not be seen in a bikini.

Another highly anticipated film in the works is Drona, which releases on October 2nd. Abhishek Bachchan stars along with Priyanka in the action film. Priyanka said that it is going to be something no one has seen on film before. “It is based in today’s time and age. It’s a timeless epic story with big and beautiful visuals. It’s the first of its kind film. Kids are going to love it with the action and magic in it. The shooting is over and effects are being worked upon.”

Besides Dostana, currently she is shooting for Fashion, which is 70 percent complete. In the film she plays a model and her character has quite a story arc throughout the film. “My character has a great graph spanning over two years of her life. She wants to be a model, becomes one – this is the story of her rise and fall. I drew a lot of references from my life. Just like the character in the film, I came from a small city with stars in my eyes. But the difference is that I could handle it while she couldn’t. Lot of stories in the film are based on real life incidents too.”

Adding, “All the characters in the film have turned out beautifully. Madhur (Bhandarkar) has really held it together. It’s not a dark film. It’s very emotional.”

Along with finishing up five films, she also has to prepare for her role in a Vishal Bhardwaj’s film called Kaminay. “I have a lot of homework to do in the film. I am learning Marathi for it. It’s a beautiful language with so much spunk to it. Kaminay, by the way, is an action comedy – it has nothing to do with Romeo And Juliet,” she explained. We will see a new jodi in this film because Priyanka will be co-starring with Shahid Kapoor.

If this was not enough, Priyanka has also signed director extraordinaire Ashutosh Gorwariker’s next titled What’s Your Rashee?. She is excited about this project and said, “ It’s a very interesting part for me and nothing that an Indian actor has ever done before. Only Ashutosh Gowariker can handle a subject like this. It is a romantic comedy with many hilarious layers to it. It is going to be a demanding film for me.” Harman Baweja has also been signed to star opposite her in the film.

It looks like her fans will get their Priyanka fix in the next few months and then have many other exciting films to look forward too! We will keep you up to date on all these movies so make sure you check back everyday!

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