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Sorry swim fans, but you’ll have to remember that Priyanka Chopra won’t be donning the iconic red bathing suit in the upcoming Baywatch movie, starring Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson. “I’m not one of the lifeguards,” Priyanka Chopra told Vulture at the Time 100 gala Tuesday night. “I’m the interruption in their slow-motion running.” Chopra plays Victoria Leeds, the evil oil tycoon who will make environmental trouble for our muscular heroes. “Whenever they think they have it easy, I’m mean to them,” said Chopra. “Really evil to them. And it’s hard because now I’ve become friends with everyone, so whenever we do those scenes we all burst out laughing because I’m really, really mean in the movie.” Maybe she’s the one who tripped poor Zac Efron.

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Priyanka Chopra’s husky voiceover as villainous snake Kaa in the Hindi version of The Jungle Book has earned her a lot of praise but the actress revealed she almost missed out on the part.

The 33-year-old Padma Shri awardee, who was busy shooting for her debut international TV series Quantico in Montreal, said she managed to squeeze out time from her busy schedule to voice her favourite character from the Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale.

“I was very excited to do The Jungle Book. I almost missed out the opportunity to voice it because of the date issues. I was not able to do it because the film (Jungle Book) was about to release. I was in Montreal shooting for ‘Quantico’ and that month was quite hectic for me as Baywatch also happened the same month,” Priyanka told PTI.

The former Miss World said Disney India honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur strictly asked her to do the voiceover.

“Sidharth called me and asked, ‘You have to do it and I don’t know how you will’. I also desperately wanted to do it. He delayed the shooting by a week. So, that’s how I got the opportunity to do it.”

Asked what all childhood memories she had about the show, Priyanka said, “Sunday was almost synonymous to Jungle Book. We used to sit in front of the TV and watch it. It used to be my ritual. I had mugged up the show’s title track ‘Jungle Jungle baat chali hai'”

Directed by Jon Favreau, The Jungle Book narrates the story of an orphan boy Mowgli who is raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.

Priyanka is happy that the film is doing good and she is getting appreciation from all quarters.

“I am excited that the film opened so well. And I am lucky that I could do Kaa because it’s very interesting,” she said.

For Priyanka, appreciation has become more important than getting awards now.

“My work has become very spiritual for me now. It’s like meditation for me between cut and action. It has gone beyond awards… Awards are great. You feel a certain encouragement that you should keep doing the good work. People should like the film and say ‘she did a damn good job’.”

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The other day I uploaded captures from Bajirao Mastani which you can view here. And now I finally got around to capping the bonus features from the DVD. If you don’t have the DVD yet, you can buy it on Amazon.



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I’ve added screen captures from Bajirao Mastani. If you haven’t bought the DVD yet you can do so on Amazon. It comes with deleted scenes, making the film, images and more!



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Bajirao Mastani will be released on DVD March 18th and you can pre-order it on Amazon.

He spoke about the difficulty in convincing Priyanka Chopra to play Kashibai in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2016), “Yes, it was because it was about Bajirao and Mastani. We discussed and we brainstormed. She understood it was a powerful role though it was not a title role. But it was audience friendly. Kashi allows her husband to go where his love was. Priyanka had faith that I’d would be doing something special with her, which we discovered as we shot. When she saw BM on screen, she drove 45 minutes to my friend’s house just to hug me. She said, “Thank God! I did this film and thank you for making this film.” I said the same to her.”

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Actor Priyanka Chopra may have made it big internationally as an FBI sleuth in television serial ‘Quantico’, but for Goa policewomen, it is her role as spunky cop Abha Mathur in ‘Jai Gangajal’ that has captured their imagination.

Speaking to reporters after attending a free screening of Prakash Jha’s latest film ‘Jai Gangajal’, where Chopra plays a feisty cop, a Superintendent of Police in the badlands of North India, policewomen in Goa were both enamoured and inspired by the sense of leadership displayed by the fictional SP Mathur.

“Women are empowered from within. Whether the system supports or not, at the end women will decide the course of our lives,” Superintendent of Police (Anti-Terror Squad) Priyanka Kashyap said, after the film screening organised in a cinema hall in the state capital.

“Women in leadership roles bring in healthy changes to the system and bring the much required change that the ‘system’ needs.”

The special screening for women police personnel was organiSed by the Panaji Riviera chapter of the Rotary club.

Police Sub Inspector Reema Naik, who also attended the ‘Jai Gangajal’ screening said that the film was an inspiration for a police-woman like her.

“We have to stick to the truth and stand ground. The worst that will happen is that you will be transferred, but that is better than going against your conscience,” she told reporters.

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Bajirao Mastani was your next Bollywood flick – given the grandeur of the movie, was it overwhelming?
Bajirao Mastani has been a mega-mega project, especially given the scale of the work that has gone behind the movie. Working on the three lead actors, the primary characters of the movie, has been a lot of hard-work and it is exciting to see how the churnings of my creativity appeared on-screen and be praised by the audiences and members of my fraternity.

You’ve worked with both Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra twice now for such culturally and history-inspired costumes. What was that like? And how different are the two?
While both Deepika and Priyanka had to portray very contrasting roles, they are also such different actors. Their appearances played a significant role in the way we used each of their features to narrate the respective character to the audience. Priyanka’s eyes helped showcase the innocence of Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani; her features highlighted the vivaciousness of the character and her figure emphasised the beauty of the Nauvari saris she is wearing. Deepika’s character in the movie is a fierce warrior with moments of intense vulnerability. The innocence of her eyes and the softness of her face aptly portrayed Mastani.

Share with us an anecdote from the set of one of the films. What was the most memorable moment?
Bajirao Mastani is period movie based on the Maratha Peshwa – Bajirao’s life, with a focus on his relationship with Mastani. With enough historical records at our disposal today, the costume design, especially for Ranveer Singh (Bajirao) and Priyanka Chopra (Kashibai), was largely based on these historical references, on the code of dressing in that era for Maharashtrian nobility and people of stature. Also, since the narrative is based on real-life personalities that have left an indelible mark in our history, we wanted to maintain the authenticity of the time, era and stature, keeping true to their essence. However, there is not much written or recorded material on Mastani. For that character, being beautifully portrayed by Deepika, we took many creative liberties based only on inspirational references.

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In her first Bollywood movie since the blockbuster Bajirao Mastani, Priyanka Chopra reigned in Indian cinemas last weekend in Jai Gangaajal, director Prakash Jha’s crime and corruption thriller set in the Hindi heartland.

A regular in the US series Quantico, Chopra, who also plays the villain in the upcoming movie Baywatch opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, portrays a kick-ass superintendent of police, Abha Mathur. Appointed as the first female officer in charge of the Bankipur district, she encounters ruthless politician Babloo Pandey (Manav Kaul), who, with the help of a rogue cop Bhola Nath Singh (Prakash Jha in his acting debut) and younger brother Dabloo Pandey (Ninad Kamat), rides roughshod over the locals.

A kindred spirit to Jha’s 2003 hit Gangaajal, the film from Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment grossed 11.75 crore ($1.74 million) on Friday and Saturday on 2,684 screens, dislodging director Ram Madhvani’s Neerja, which stars Sonam Kapoor as the 23-year-old Pan Am flight attendant who sacrificed her life trying to save hijacked passengers at Karachi airport in 1986. Neerja has amassed a stellar 57.75 crore ($8.6 million) in just two weeks.

Jha’s film scored an estimated $120,000 in three days on 80 screens in the U.S. and about $A30,000 ($22,200) on 12 screens in Australia. Its only Hindi competition in India was Zubaan, first-time director Mozez Singh’s musical drama which got some rave reviews but struggled to secure screens and visibility.

There were mixed reviews and B.O. predictions for Jai Gangaajal. Among the most positive, Bollywood Hungama declared, “ Priyanka Chopra … steals the show . Be it her perfect and impeccable timing, her intimidating screen persona and presence, she delivers a superlative performance, even though it may not qualify to be her career-best. She stands tall and gets her role spot on. As far as Prakash Jha the ‘actor’ is concerned, he pushes himself a bit too hard to get the nuances and the finer points of his character. And that very clearly shows on screen. But, that does not take away the fact that he delivers a remarkably good performance…. With no competition and great brand value, the movie sail through at the box -office.”

The Hindustan Times’ Rohit Vats was more equivocal, observing, “The storyline doesn’t offer anything that you haven’t seen before. This holds true even if you have watched only Prakash Jha’s films. But it has tear-inducing moments and Priyanka Chopra ensures they keep coming at regular intervals. Once again, the dark underbelly of the Hindi heartland has been explored with explosive dialogues and superficial sensibilities.

“Prakash Jha is the hero of Jai Gangaajal if screen time is our consideration. In any case, you need to spread wings to make a 158-minute film engaging. But, it has to be said that Jha has done justice to his role. He is restrained in dialogue delivery and really effective in emotional scenes.”

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Priyanka Chopra’s acting prowess is known to all. From Bollywood to now Hollywood, she has been giving strong competition to her male contemporaries. In her upcoming film, Jai Gangaajal, she will be seen playing the tough cop Abha Mathur as she takes on crime in a corruption ridden village district. The actress’ career graph has only grown by the year with her choice of roles making her one of the most popular stars we have today! Here’s why we feel she is as good as any male lead:

1.) Fashion: Priyanka’s first film where she held the mantle. One of her best performances, Fashion showcased her versatility as an actress. Her character of an aspiring model not only won her the National Award but also the Filmfare

2.) Saath Khoon Maaf: This critically acclaimed film had the actress play an Anglo Indian woman who kills her 7 husbands. Touted as the role of a lifetime by critics, the film saw her play a 25 year old girl to a 75 year old aged woman with such ease

3.) Don: The Don franchise marked her rise as an action star. Priyanka held her own in spite of starring opposite superstar Shahrukh Khan

4.) Mary Kom: The preparation and hard work put in by the actress to get into the skin of a female boxer was impeccable. From her dialect to nuances, she totally hit the mark

5.) Quantico: The actress’ latest outing as the FBI agent Alex Parrish has been universally acclaimed. The role not only led to her winning the People’s Choice Award but also led to her bagging a big role in the movie re-make of the successful TV series Baywatch

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From the bejeweled Kashi to the uniform donning Abha Mathur, the talented actor can straddle diverse roles with ease. She’s always been fascinated by uniforms as her father, the late Dr Ashok Chopra, was an army officer. Uncannily, her gait and bearing also changed when she slipped into the uniform during the shooting. “Every night, Dad would polish his shoes and I’d polish mine. For me, uniform means principles, values, discipline and that’s exactly what my character Abha Mathur stands for.”

She was initially apprehensive about playing a straight-laced cop, given that Ajay Devgn has already aced it in Gangaajal and the Singham series. She didn’t want to go the masculine route but lends a feminine touch to her role.”Abha wears earrings along with her uniform. She beats up people but doesn’t do it like a man. She doesn’t use cuss words or take a macho stance yet she comes across as an authority figure,” she says explaining the unique nuances of her role. Talking about the role, she continues, “The police are treated like mere security guards. Nobody obeys them. Policemen even get beaten up if they take a stance. Abha comes in this sort of a scenario and pushes for reform.”

Prakash Jha makes his debut as an actor in the film and Priyanka had a gala time being the ‘senior’ on the sets. “I’d say, ‘Sir ab aaya na unth pahaad ke neeche (a phrase used to denote compliance). Prakashji is a cultured and educated person. I’ve begun reading Hindi literature thanks to him. He’s super funny as well,” she smiles. The talk veers to women empowerment. We may preach it from the pulpits but women still face the threat of rape and abuse. Priyanka believes education is the answer. “Ours is the only country where every 100 mile the landscape changes… the language, the culture, the festivals… change. The only thing that can bind us is education. We’re one of the youngest countries in the world. Sixty percent of our population is under the age of 35. When you educate children, you give them perspective, self-worth and also encourage them to respect other human beings.” She elaborates that it will take several generations to let go off regressive practices. “If a girl is educated, she can contribute financially. If not financially, she can nurture her family in the right way with an eye on health and hygiene. When you educate the girl, you educate the entire family.”

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