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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has made a name for herself in international showbiz, says India is a difficult country and it will take time for things to change as far as the mindset towards women is concerned as well as in terms of the difference between the rich and poor.

“India is a difficult country. It is like one whole world wherein each state has different traits, different culture, different language, different writing, different thought process and different religion. It (change in mindset for women) is not going to be changed tomorrow,” Priyanka said here on Tuesday.

The actress shared her views about the stereotypes that women are subjected to when she became a part of an event here.

Priyanka, as a Unicef goodwill ambassador launched a ‘Fair Start’ campaign, here on Tuesday. The session touched upon various issues like the gap between rich and poor, stereotypes that women face and how can more opportunities be created so that everyone in the country gets a fair chance to prove their potential.

“We have forgotten humanity in this disparity. And we can overcome it by creating opportunity to include them (less privileged) in your life. Slowly you will make a difference. Opportunities should be created by the government, which they are, but government can not change mindset. Change will come from within us,” said the National Award winning actress.

Asked to comment on how Indian women are still struggling to get their rights, she said: “Since the time I remember, and it is not our country’s fault, the whole world treats women as second fiddle. It will take sometime to change that. And the change can only come when all the girls will stand united and ask for their right.”

The “Mary Kom” actress shared that the most important thing to do right now is that all the “mothers should teach their sons to respect women”.

The actress even urged the people of the country to give opportunities to girls so they can show their calibre.

She concluded with a message for the youth: “Be the best version of yourself — girl or boy”.


Priyanka Chopra has now added another feather to her cap by winning the title of ‘Hottest Woman of the Decade’ and being the only woman to make it to Maxim Hot 100 list three times.
Recently, the latest edition of Maxim India, which features Priyanka on the cover was slammed for retouching her picture. However, the actress dealt with the issue in style and posted a no-filter picture of her underarms. Priyanka, who was at an event recently, commented on the ‘armpit’ controversy and said, “I showed my real… that word is too dirty (armpit). But the way I see it, I must be a big star if my armpits were on CNN America. So yes, my reaction was to put up a photograph out on Twitter so you can judge for yourselves.”

While she has already carved a niche for herself in Hollywood, Priyanka further added that she wants to break the stereotypes surrounding Indian actors in the West. When asked how she feels about being an icon, she said, “Icon is a very tricky word. Icon is someone who is a legendary personality irrespective of success or failure. I haven’t reached that yet. I want to leave a legacy for my children that they can be proud of. I want to spread my footprint across the world and I don’t want to be known as a spoof in Hollywood.”
Speaking to reporters at the event, the Quantico star further said, “I want to break the stereotype about Indian actors. We have talent and that’s why someone like me got to do a TV show like Quantico or a movie like Baywatch. I don’t want to be like someone else. I always wanted to grow up and be Priyanka Chopra. I admire a lot of people and I imbibe their best qualities. You have to find what is unique about you and the best version of yourself.”

Talking about Indian actors entering Hollywood, she said, “I feel that this trend is just the beginning. Indian actors deserve respect. We have been boxed into a certain mould. But we can do much more and that’s why I want to be able to open doors for us. I hope that they (Indian actors) will be more successful than me,” she said.

When asked what’s next for her, the actress responded that she never plans her career. “I am very instinctive. I go with what comes my way. I don’t know what is next, but it will be something creative,” she added.


Priyanka Chopra started as a small town girl and has conquered the world today. She is as loved for her role of Kashi in Bajirao Mastani as for her sizzling presence in Quantico. This Miss World 2000 can sing, dance, write, debate and answer a rapid fire round of questions without blinking and without putting her foot in her mouth. Here’s A to Z with Priyanka Chopra.

Awards or Box office?
I want critical acclaim but we don’t make movies to watch in our drawing rooms so I’ll opt for box-office and if the success me guarantees me awards then it’s a cake walk!

Boyfriend or Brother?
I would pick my brother if there was a choice, ideally I like not to because he harasses and bullies me.

Conscience or Compromise?
Conscience, if I have conscience I will make all the right decisions.

Diva or Doormat?
Diva most certainly, most of us perceive Diva as high maintainance but for me she is somebody with style and substance, an achiever with high values and who will sustain her position amidst stiff competition.

Destiny or Effort?
I cannot control destiny but I have the option of hard work. If you ask me they go hand in hand.

Egg or Chicken?
Egg, I hate chicken.

Forgive or Forget?
I think both, every action has pros and cons and my parents trained me to make informed decisions where I had the security that no matter what the repercussions, they will always be with me.

Flight or Train?
Flight, I hate trains.

Girls or Guys?
If this is a question of my sexuality then it has to be guys if not I have had amazing guy friends and this is because they treat me like one of them.

Health or Wealth?
Health, without health there is no point of wealth.

Hospital or Studio?
When I was young mom often carried me with her for night duties to hospital and the smell of medicines is ingrained in my psyche, I dislike it.On the contrary, I’m always happy when my car drives inside a studio, I love the smell of the greasepaint.

Isolation or Security?
Stardom is isolating but if you have your loved ones around you are able to get cross the darkest times. Success is heady but you are secure if you can trust people around you.

Identity or Adjustment?
Adjustment, you can have your identity and be extremely stubborn but the fact is that life is an adjustment at every step.

Jewels or Stocks-n-Shares?
Stocks & shares, I’m not a jewellery girl. I like diamond and solitaire but prefer safer investments to maintain my future.

Khans or Kapoor?
Have worked with both and will not let off either.

Leader or Follower?
Leader for sure

Mobile or Spectacles?
Mobile for sure

Needle or Antibiotic?
Anti biotic, needle is always the last resort for an emergency and so what if both my parents are doctors.

Outburst or Compose?
I think I stay calm most of the time but sometimes I do let off my steam but that is only with people I’m very close to and never in the presence of strangers and in public

Passion or Marriage?

Quality or Quantity?

Relationships or Spirituality?
Relationships if they are deep rooted are spiritual. When you are in a relationship you have a spiritual bond with somebody and that relationship becomes almost omnipresent in thought, word and action.

Sex or Poetry?
Poetry my biggest turn on.

Tea or Coffee?
Coffee, I don’t like tea.

Umbrella or Rain?
Rain, dancing in the rain, walking in the rain, love watching rain…

Vidya Balan or Tabu?
That’s a tough one, both are incredible actors but Vidya is a friend so Balan.

Woman or Winner?
I celebrate my gender and my success. I like winning. I’m a winner. I’m learning to lose too even if I feel I didn’t deserve to.

Waheeda Rehman or Nutan?
This is an unfair choice but I will choose Waheeda Rehman because she has been extremely kind to me whenever I have met her.

Xmas or New Year?
Both because both spell music and celebrations..

Yoga or Yash Chopra?
Since I don’t exercise so it has to be Yashji.

Zig Zag, Straight or Zen?
I was going to say zig zag because nobody can be completely straight, but to get over your zig zag you need to be in a state of Zen!


The more than 20,000 active voting members of the Television Academy can now cast their ballots online to determine this year’s Emmy nominees at Voting ends June 27 at 10 pm PT. The Academy will announce the resulting Emmy nominations the morning of Thursday, July 14, 2016 from the Wolf Theatre at its new Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, CA.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Priyanka Chopra

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Tate Ellington
Josh Hopkins
Jake McLaughlin
Graham Rogers

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Yasmine Al Massri
Aunjanue Ellis

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Or Fantasy Program (One hour or more)
Run (Pilot)

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Outstanding Costumes For A Contemporary Series, Limited Series Or Movie
Run (Pilot)

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For a Drama Series

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series


There are celebrities who have the gift of the gab. Priyanka Chopra is one of them. While most actors hate promoting and giving interviews to the media, she admittedly loves doing it. “I just love talking to people,” she announces before we settle for a quick chat at IIFA 2016. She performed at the awards event in Madrid this year, singing on stage for the first time at any awards show. Looking stunning in a Marc Jacobs sequined black midi skirt coupled with a black tank top, she settles for a quick one-on-one.

You performed to ‘Pinga.’ People would have loved to see Deepika and you do it together…
I know. Initially, I guess that was the plan. But then I think they changed it. Don’t ask me why, I have no clue.

Today, with both Deepika and you making your debuts in the West, more than the hype, there’s so much more respect for Indian actors. Comment.
Oh, absolutely! That was always the idea. Honestly, I am in a very happy space right now. Most people don’t know that, initially, the character of the villain in Baywatch was written for a man and I was offered a different part. But I chose not to play the sidekick. And Victor became Victoria.

Both you and Deepika clearly didn’t want a small role. With this, do you think, open windows for other Indian actors to get the same in the West?
I don’t know about anybody else. But for me, I have a show that has done tremendously well globally which is a validation that I have done what I had to. My film (Baywatch) has not released, so you cannot talk about it. Kya hoga uske saath, who knows! For me, my gratification comes for me in a country where I don’t come from. My work is respected, not the fact that I am a superstar and I reached America. I don’t think my achievements — whether it’s being on the cover of TIME, going to the Oscars, the People’s Choice Awards, the Teen Choice nomination and the show doing so well everywhere — all of that is very little. There’s so much more that I need to do to be able to have Indian actors get the kind of respect that we deserve. By doing a one-off film, you don’t become someone. It has to consistently happen. So I am really grateful with the kind of respect that has come my way. But if I have to choose between 1 to 10, I am still 1, despite all that I have achieved already. That’s why I’m not talking about Baywatch because including that would be unfair. It has not released yet. So you will say, ‘Achha, you have signed a film’. But you can’t judge that now. You judge it on Friday when it releases on May 19 next year. Today, my show comes everyday.

Every weekend to so many countries, including ours. So then, I can say that Maine yeh kaam acha kiya, tumko achha laga. But still, I think there’s a lot more I want to do and I need to do.

Playing a negative character has worked wonders for you. Expecting the same with Baywatch?
See, Baywatch is a comedy. So it’s not going to be serious like a 7 Khoon Maaf or an Aitraaz. It’s more like how Joker is to Batman, or like the Bond villains are. There’s sarcasm, the humour. It’s all tongue-in-cheek, so I definitely think Victoria will be very, very liked. After all, there aren’t too many people who can intimidate The Rock. And Victoria did!

What will your schedule be like now?
So, I go back and I pack my bags again because I leave for New York to shoot Quantico Season 2. For the last one year, I have been living out of the suitcase. So now people can see me running around in New York.

What about films?
I am planning to take up two films — preferably one Hindi and one probably in the US, which I will begin next March mostly. Before that, I will be busy with Quantico. See, I simultaneously worked in Bajirao Mastani and Quantico, but it was too hectic and very difficult to do. I did it during Baywatch and Quantico as well. Then again, if I like something, maybe! It’s so much work and exhausting. It won’t be fair to either of them. So right now, I am taking the time to decide which film I will have to do.

Have you picked any?
It has to be something special. Because if I am doing only one film in Hindi, it has to be big, beautiful and incredible.

There were talks about you being roped in for the Kalpana Chawla biopic, then there was the superhero film and Gustakhiyaan…
See, there are many choices right now. But I don’t know which one I’ll do. I am deciding. You should see my bedside. I am reading 16 scripts currently. From both countries. I am assessing and seeing what will work best for me. I will be doing only one or two films next year. So, I have to put my head to it and decide.

Any particular genre?
I always like dramas. So in all certainty, another drama.

You seem to have the best of both the worlds…
No! I want the whole world! (Laughs)


How does it feel to be an international icon and the most wanted cover girl in the West?
People keep asking me about Time Magazine cover or as many covers that I have done or my show Quantico going to 200 different countries. Yes, it’s an achievement but it so little compared to the depth that an Indian actor should be given a chance to display. I am really grateful for the opportunity that people have accepted my work. I don’t think I am an icon. I think Indian actors have so much potential and I think have hardly achieved anything. Nothing happens with just one big Hollywood film. Yes, I got incredible recognition in a completely different country but there is still a long way to go. I haven’t changed as a person, though. I work really hard. I have never known how to do strategy or planning. I can go to any country in the world and be just as good if not better, all thanks to Hindi film industry.

Your armpit was in the news recently.
That’s when I realised I must be a star. If my arm gets trending on the Internet and CNN America carries it, then I must be a star.

Do you think social media has its pros and cons?
I think scrutiny always existed. The Internet has its good and bad points but I don’t think public figures need to change who they are. I think the reflection of who we are comes out on in front of people. If you have something to hide then you should be careful of what you say but I have always been open and if I have something to hide then nobody will ever find out.

How is the shoot of Baywatch going?
The film is over. It will be really exciting. I always play unconventional characters, I am really happy that in my first film in America I will be a villain.

Are your colleagues from the West familiar with Bollywood?
When I interact with musicians and actors from America, Europe, Canada, I feel they don’t understand what Bollywood is. In the one year that I have spent abroad, I feel that people think that Bollywood is an offshoot of Hollywood or it’s a spoof and it really upsets me. I am at the moment educating people about Bollywood.
We dance when we are having dinner or when we win a cricket match. That’s who we are. We don’t have to be apologetic about who we are. We are one of the most prolific film industries in the world, we make about 900 movies in a year including regional films. 40% of our box-office profit comes from outside of India. We have a different culture, our stories are told through dance and music. I am just trying to change perspectives by saying it’s not random, there is a thought process behind it and it’s an infusion of pop culture and movies. We don’t have radio web of culture, we don’t have Beyonce and Rihanna, our movies are pop culture, pop movies motion pictures. Nobody in the world has been able to do that.

Are you doing the next James Bond film?
I would rather be a James Bond than play a female lead alongside him. But I don’t think the world is ready for a female Bond. I would wish it happens but realistically I don’t think so. Even if it’s not me and if there is another female James Bond, I would be the first one to sit up and say, yay!


Bollywood’s Desi girl Priyanka Chopra, who is all set to take over the West with her much -awaited film ‘Baywatch,’ feels just signing a movie does not brand anyone as a Hollywood actor.

Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the IIFA 2016, the 33-year-old actress said, “Signing a movie does not make you Hollywood actor. Let the movie release first. I am very excited about ‘ Baywatch’ release.”

When asked whether she is willing to play the lead actress in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, Priyanka said she is right now busy with ‘Quantico 2’ shoot and, therefore, can’t do any another film till March.

“Of course, I want to do .We had a lot of discussion over this. But I am doing ‘Quantico’ season 2 and hence I can’t do another film till March. Only after March, I can do Bollywood or any other film,” she said.

Speaking about the IIFA night, Priyanka won the best performance in a supporting role (female) for ‘Bajirao Mastani’.


Priyanka is in this week’s issue of Emmy Wrap. I added the scan below.

“If your armpits are trending on the internet and CNN America is carrying it, then I must be a star,” said Priyanka Chopra.

She may be joking, but the Quantico actress, who is in Madrid to attend the 17th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, has perfectly summed up her life right now.

Ever since she made her US TV debut as an FBI recruit in the hit TV series Quantico and landed a role in the movie version of Baywatch, she has become America’s sweetheart. The world follows her every move.

Last week, men’s magazine Maxim India carried an allegedly heavily Photoshopped armpit of Chopra on its June/July cover. The digital alteration of the former Miss World took social media by storm and triggered a debate on her armpits, digital Photoshopping and celebrity culture. While the magazine is yet to comment, Chopra responded with a tweet: “Here’s another pit-stopping picture to add to the debate,” and a picture of her with her untouched armpits exposed. She slayed it.

But the singer and actress isn’t taking her success too seriously.

“I have always been the same person … How I am with you right now, I am with them, too. I just do my work which I love. I have never known how to strategise nor do I plan my moves heavily,” said Chopra, adding that she has a lot more to achieve in her life. A hit TV series and a Hollywood film project is just the beginning for this singer, actor and producer.

“While I am grateful that people have accepted my work and like what I am doing, I don’t think I am an icon,” said Chopra.

Her potential is yet to be reached, says the actress whose film Bajirao Mastani is leading the IIFA nominations this year.

“Indian actors have so much potential. If I had to rate my work from one to ten, I can only give myself one. There’s lots of work to be done. By doing just one film in the West, it’s not enough.

“I got incredible recognition in many parts of the world, but I still have a long way to go and achieve,” said Chopra.

She’s the classic case of a celebrity living on a plane and out of a suitcase. And what she has observed is that Bollywood is heavily misconstrued in many parts of the world.

“Many people think that Bollywood is an offshoot of Hollywood or it’s some spoof and it really upsets me. At the moment, I am educating the people about Bollywood and our cinema,” said Chopra. She doesn’t shy away from the musical nature of Hindi films.

“Why should we be ashamed about dancing? We, as people, can dance during dinner or when a baby is born or when a world cup is won. It’s who we are, and we don’t have to be apologetic about being who we are,” said Chopra.

Her analogy is simple.

“These songs and dance that we see in our films are not random. There’s a thought behind it and it is an infusion of pop culture and movies. No other country in the world does that. We have no radio where pop culture exists. We don’t have a Beyonce or a Rihanna in our lives. Our movies are a combination of pop music and motion picture. Nobody in the world has been able to do it like we have and I am extremely proud of it,” said Chopra.

She’s equally game to be subjected to intense scrutiny that that comes with being a public figure.

“Scrutiny has always existed for a public figure. You have to move with the times and evolve according to what is going on around us. The internet has its good and bad, but I don’t think public figures need to change who they are,” she said. “If you are afraid and have something to hide, then you should be careful about what you do and say. I don’t. I have always been opinionated. I don’t have much to hide.”


“I hope they see me as Bond. But I don’t think the world is ready for a female bond,” said Chopra, when asked what she thought of playing the famous spy.

“What makes me happy is that my first film in America will be that of a villain. It will be exciting to make the lives of six lifeguards miserable.” – Priyanka Chopra on her upcoming role in Baywatch, the movie.


Priyanka Chopra is tipped to pick up the Best Supporting Actress gong at this weekend’s International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, but she currently hasn’t signed any more Hindi films.

Instead, Chopra has spent most of this year in the US, shooting for her debut Hollywood movie – the Baywatch reboot – opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron.

She has starred in more than 50 Indian films since being crowned Miss World in 2000.

After a short stint as a Universal Music Group recording artist, Chopra found wide fame in America when she signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios, leading to her television debut in Quantico.

The crime thriller has been renewed for a second season and bagged Chopra the Favourite Actress in a New TV Series gong at this year’s People’s Choice Awards.

But despite her success, Chopra says she wouldn’t describe herself as “a Hollywood star” just yet.

“I’m still very new, I’m not even a year old in America,” she told the BBC.

“I may be on the cover of Time [Magazine] because of 100 most influential, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards but I think there is such a long way to go.”

‘Indian actors are not a joke’
Chopra now hopes that she can use her wider profile to make Indian Cinema more accessible in the west.

“To convince another part of the world that Bollywood is not just jokers who break in to song and dance was very difficult. I’m literally ploughing the ground and making people understand that Indian actors are not a joke.”

Her time in America has also made her appreciate the campaigning of performers such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shabana Azmi who want to denounce the use of the term Bollywood.

“People think we’re a spoof of Hollywood and we’re not. We’re one of the most prolific film industries in the world. We speak Hindi which is spoken in one country, but 40% of our business comes from outside of India.”

In the last five years, Chopra has been at her most experimental in terms of Bollywood roles. She’s played an autistic girl, a boxer and a policewoman; all ground breaking female characters.

“We want our brains to be stimulated, we want to be entertained, otherwise we’ll not watch it. So now content is king, content is most important because now Indian films are also competing with content from around the world.”

Although Chopra says she has only just begun in the States, she’s certainly on the right path to stardom.

In the Baywatch reboot, she plays the antagonist – and she loves the role.

“First of all, my character Victoria was written for a man and second of all, it’s so good to be bad. My character is just evil, delectable and mean.”

‘Art is collaboration’
Deepika Padukone is another Bollywood star who is gearing up for her Hollywood debut. She will be starring alongside Vin Diesel in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

Chopra believes the rising number of actresses exploring options globally is a great thing.

“So many people from the west are coming in to India, all the studios have come in to India and they’re making films here, whether that’s Fox, Warner Bros, Disney, everyone. That stands as testament for us so why are we afraid of sharing our talent with the world? We must.”

Nonetheless, some critics fear that Hollywood’s growing presence in South Asia could be detrimental for the existing film industry. Most recently, Hollywood has begun regularly using Bollywood A-Listers to dub over big blockbusters in Hindi. Chopra replaced Scarlett Johansson in The Jungle Book.

However, she says such collaboration is a good thing.

“Art is collaboration, we are artists all over the world. I believe that people are always going to watch Hindi films… that’s never going to die, but I think it’s amazing that collaborations like that are happening.”

In the past, Bollywood actresses have been limited with offers in America.

Another former beauty queen, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, starred in Gurinder Chadha’s Bride & Prejudice in 2004 and also appeared alongside Steve Martin in the 2009 comedy, The Pink Panther 2.

However, her refusal to do sex scenes or scenes with nudity saw her lose out on big blockbusters like Brad Pitt’s Troy.

Chopra’s conditions for choosing films are different.

“I always look for the same thing which is a story that I would want to go watch and a character that would inspire me and women around the world.”

And she now hopes to “divide [her] work” between both film industries, getting the best of both worlds.

“I’m going to be doing one Hindi film and one film in America probably.”


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