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Priyanka Chopra, who portrays “Kashibai” in period drama ‘Bajirao Mastani’, says, “We are not competing with ‘Dilwale’. People have made that notion that both the movies are competing.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’ are releasing together on December 18, but actors from both the films are fervently denying the “clash” and believes the two movies are very different from each other.

“I think both of them are beautiful and different kind of films. The genres of both the films are different, and they are made by two prolific filmmakers” says Priyanka.

“Their genres are different and I am sure they have a different audience as well. I don’t think it really matters. It’s a festive season and I don’t think it should be a problem” adds Priyanka.

‘Dilwale’ brings back the popular and hit pair of Shah Rukh and Kajol together again, ‘Bajirao Mastani’ features Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka in a story woven around 18th century Maratha warrior Peshwa Bajirao I.

Meanwhile, Kriti, who is paired with Varun Dhawan in ‘Dilwale’, says “I have seen the trailer of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and I loved it. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s world is very different and very lavish. It looks stunning”.

Three more days!

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Filmmaker Pan Nalin feels in today’s times stars like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra can have a huge box opening of their films solely on their own merit.

Nalin, who recently made female-buddy-drama Angry Indian Goddesses, feels the Bajirao Mastani co-stars don’t need a male star to deliver a film.

When asked if he would have cast any of the leading Bollywood actress, Nalin told PTI, “We would’ve loved to bring in talented important stars too, but it would have been difficult. I believe Deepika and Priyanka, both are amazingly talented. They can open a film alone on their own merit. They don’t need a man to do that.”

The filmmaker, however, believes people cannot just venture out with an agenda to make a “woman-centric” film.

“…You cannot venture out to make a woman-centric film alone, that would be a failure. You can have a central woman character with a beautiful, sensible well-crafted story around it,” he said.

The success of “Angry Indian Goddesses”, which celebrates women empowerment, comes after the recently released Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, which was called a ‘women-bashing’ film.

But, Nalin thinks the audience does not care about gender bashing in movies and both can co-exist easily. “They don’t think if it is a male-bashing film or a female-bashing film. They want to be entertained and if they are getting inspired by it, like what is happening with Angry Indian Goddesses, then that is great,” he said.

The filmmaker says he does not differentiate between commercial films and ‘indie’ cinema. “I personally never differentiate between an indie film or commercial, off-beat or mainstream. I say, make a film which will fight with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, he said.

“You have these films and they will continue to exist, you can’t escape. There is an audience for that too. But don’t say ‘watch my films because I am a different kind of a filmmaker’,” Nalin added.

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Priyanka Chopra told NDTV in New York that Shiv Sena’s objections about historical inaccuracies in her latest film, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Bajirao Mastani, are ill timed. “We live in a democracy and this is a film,” the actor said, noting, “there is difference between inspired from history and based on history.”

Priyanka went on to say that the film is based on a book (Rau), questioning: “The book came out years ago, why weren’t objections raised then? Just because this is a film with a big budget and a big cast? If someone’s sentiments are getting hurt, then they should have been hurt with the book too?”

She also told NDTV that many history books have been written about Bajiao but not about his personal life. “What happened when he ate dinner? At home? He lived a life too…”, Priyanka said. Adding, she thinks the filmmaker has a right to show the “director’s vision” of that, and “the things that history books don’t tell you about.”

When asked about her thoughts on intolerance, reflected in Aamir Khan’s recent remarks in India and the repercussions of Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ statements in America, the actor who is exposed to both worlds in her professional career, said, “Intolerance is a global problem. We are making it belong to each country, pointing fingers at public figures. Look at Paris, Lebanon, Mumbai, its a problem all over the world.” She also explained, “Its people saying I don’t like you because you have a different religion, you are not right because you are going to a concert, what’s happened to humanity?”. She said that it is disturbing to “divide each other on religion, beliefs and culture” and “we need to change our perspectives.”

Priyanka Chopra’s leap into mainstream American television, scoring the lead in ABC’s hit series Quantico, has made her a path breaker, walking a road where no Indian actor has trodden. She told NDTV, that she has “always been someone who wanted to walk my path” and she is always happy with the result, “good, bad, ugly – as long as its mine.” Priyanka said she does not have role models “except my mom.”

“Fear”, was the hardest part of the transition from India to the West, the 33-year-old actress told NDTV, “I read 26 scripts, questioned myself: ‘Did I pick the right one? Would an Indian girl be accepted as American or lead of a mainstream US show?'” But in the end it all turned out better than she ever imagined. “The writing is amazing, ratings are through the roof, and there has been incredible response from everyone in US to India”, the star said, quipping,”at the airport security is always asking me – so, who is the terrorist?,” referring to the who-done-it mystery plot of Quantico and her lead Alex Parrish.

NDTV spoke with her at New York’s Loews Regency Hotel, where she was promoting her film, Bajirao Mastani, on a quick trip from Montreal, where she is currently shooting ABC’s hit series Quantico.

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With the Shiv Sena threatening to disrupt the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani and the chief minister asking officials to look into the issue, the film’s star Priyanka Chopra told mid-day that the director has the right to interpret the story the way he wanted to.

On Wednesday, the Sena demanded that the makers must cut portions that allegedly distort Maratha history, saying the film portrays Bajirao Peshwa and his spouses, Kashibai and Mastani, in a manner that hurts the sentiments of the family’s descendants in particular and the Marathi people in general.

Sarnaik said the party has taken the “democratic” route before resorting to Sena-style tactics. “The CM has started the procedure and there are 9-10 days for the film’s release. We expect positive action from the government,” he told mid-day from Nagpur, where the winter session of the State Legislature is currently on.

While Bhansali could not be reached for comment till press time, Priyanka Chopra, who plays Kashibai, told mid-day the film was entirely the director’s vision and it was entirely Bhansali’s prerogative how he wanted to present a particular story.

“For me, whatever I have done is completely and absolutely going by Bhansali’s vision,” said Chopra. “The film is based on a book and the book is inspired by the life of a legend from the 1700s. It is entirely a director’s vision and prerogative about how he wants to present a particular story. And that’s what happens in a democratic country. How are we to say what Bajirao’s personality was in his personal life?”

She said the best anyone, including historians, would know of is Bajirao’s public persona. “How do we know he didn’t dance, smile or didn’t express happiness in his private life?” the actor asked. “We have to allow a director’s vision and imagination to portray what he thinks could have happened. We must just see it as nothing but the cinematic vision of an extremely prolific filmmaker.”

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It seems Priyanka Chopra, who is already basking in the glory of her hit American TV series ‘Quantico’, is going to have a double bonanza this Christmas! While her keenly anticipated and much touted film BAJIRAO MASTANI, also starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is releasing on December 18, 2015, the trailer of Priyanka’s yet another biggie is set to arrive right after that.

Yes, the trailer of director Prakash Jha’s upcoming film JAI GANGAAJAL starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead will be out on December 22nd. When the first look poster of JAI GANGAAJAL featuring Priyanka Chopra had released a couple of months back, it received a positive feedback. With that it has certainly got us excited what the trailer would be like.

Priyanka is in US right now and busy with her TV show. She even attended the BAJIRAO MASTANI trailer launch event through a video conference from US. We wonder if she will come back for the trailer launch of JAI GANGAAJAL (if at all the event happens).

JAI GANGAAJAL showcases the dusty heartland of Central India with protagonist Abha Mathur portrayed by Priyanka Chopra as she examines again the society-police relationship to tell a new story.

Produced by Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment, the film is slated to release on March 4, 2016.

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