#Indian film actress Priyanka Chopra : If I’m ever with someone, it will be a showman
Los Angeles ( India-West + DIPLOMAT.SO) -Indian film actress Priyanka Chopra is in an ebullient mood — that is, a completely normal mode for her — when we meet up at a local multiplex.
Weeks before her film “Bajirao Mastani” hits the screen and hours before taking a flight out late that night, she is all set to answer queries. And we choose to concentrate on work and (her alleged) love abroad.
She reveals that she has been receiving offers after her blockbuster maiden television series “Quantico” but states that “none were up to my standards.” Her contract with “Quantico” is still on, and the chances of a second season are bright, as the show (in which she plays framed FBI agent Alex Parrish) is a huge success. She also states that the quantum of work she will take up in India in the near future will depend on that.
India-West asked the frontrunner actress (now in her 13th year in the Hindi film industry) what the difference was in the work setup and ethos across America and India.
“For me, the difference was not between us and them, but between television and cinema!” she smiles. “You know how we do our scenes in such a relaxed manner — we take two or three days on one scene, as if we are in love with it, so I was completely unprepared for 10 scenes a day! I mean, c’mon, who does 10 scenes in a day?”
A tinkling laugh follows this statement, and Chopra adds, “I am friends with at least 10 or 15 television producers out here, and I fired them all for not warning me!” she chuckles. “But otherwise, apart from the language spoken, there is virtually no difference between working here and there. We are so caught up with them in the run of the sets now that I only have an advantage — that I am a professional working in the best possible training ground — this most prolific industry in the world. So I have gone there with the best ammunition possible!”
Ask her about the buzz that she is seeing someone from the U.S., and she bursts into a hearty laugh, nixing her manager’s request not to make questions personal! “I want to answer this, and I was waiting for someone to ask me this question!” she says cheerfully. “Without any link-ups for me, it was so boring! Yeah, I want to know about this guy — he’s from Los Angeles, right? And here am I, shooting in Montreal for over four months now without stepping into L.A.! Oh, yes, he is also someone who is supposed to be media-shy, right? Well, in that case, I will tell him to go jump! If I am ever with someone, it will be a showman! My dad was a showman, and I cannot bear shy people!”
And with that, Madame Chopra breezes away.