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In Bollywood if you are looking for recent actors who have resurrected their flagging careers, look no further than Priyanka Chopra.

Wednesday’s win at the People’s Choice Awards for Quantico is the icing on the cake for the actress who has been on a roll lately thanks to the hit American series and of course Bajirao Mastani.

She spoke to us before the awards and was very excited.

“Being nominated for PCA is a big thing,” Priyanka said, adding with a smile, “I know many big stars who have been nominated, so I just hope that I bag the award.”

Now that she has won in the ‘Favourite Actress in a New TV Series’ category, all that hard work has paid off.

“It was really tough for me to be able to live up to the expectations of the character. I really had to work hard. After just three episodes the show received appreciation all over the world. Quantico has got an extension as well and I am hoping that the second season also gets a green signal.”

“I remember when I had entered Bolly-wood, industry people would say, ‘yeh kaali hai, dusky hai… How will she make it?’ To win the world we need to have confidence in ourselves,” Priyanka says, adding, “I remember when I was to do Quantico, I wanted to be shown only as an Indian. And I tried to improve on my flaws. I worked hard and all my weaknesses turned into strengths.

“Thus I would ask the youth of today not to despair about your weaknesses, instead turn them into your strengths.”

About her role of Kashi in Bajirao Mastani and its importance, Priyanka says, “Sanjay (Bhansali) had cast Kashi first as he told me, ‘only after Kashi is cast can I think of Bajirao and Mastani. Sanjay and Prakash had come to Manali to narrate the story to me. I am happy to have received rave reviews from people from Bollywood, some of them who I may have never even interacted with.

“But let me tell you, If Deepika had not given such meticulous performance, and also Ranveer, I could not have given my best.”

About the immediate future, Priyanka says, “I have a few films on my platter but owing to time restraints I am yet to zero in on at least three of them. I am a greedy actor and I would like to do all the films, but I have no time. I am also producing a few regional films, not only Marathi but in other languages too.

“I am also looking forward to the second season of Quantico, if it happens,” she says.

Priyanka thanks America
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for Quantico,” the actress said after picking up her prize. “My first year in America and to come to another country and get this kind of acceptance is I guess what America is all about. So thank you, for accepting me.” PeeCee, who shared the stage with John Stamos during the ceremony, was later spotted clicking photos with action star Vin Diesel.

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Priyanka is presenting at the People’s Choice Awards tonight, as well as being nominated. I uploaded the first batch of High quality photos. Keep checking back for more!


People’s Choice Awards
January 6, 2016






Bollywood actress/singer Priyanka Chopra, who is in the news these days for her acting projects Quantico and Bajirao Mastani, said she would like to work in a Pakistani movie “provided the project is good.”








Priyanka Chopra is in an enviable position. On the one hand, she is said to be the sexiest sizzler on television a la Quantico in the US, on the other, she moves towards slipping under the historical fiction of Bajirao Mastani. TWF correspondent Shoma A Chatterji in conversation with her

Do you like flying around for promo hypes of your films?
Like is an understatement. I truly enjoy these promo programmes. Sometimes, they are so enjoyable that I do not mind repeating these trips even if they are for the same film. The only problem is that one has to answer out-of-the-box questions that do not relate to the film being promoted and sometimes, this creates issues with the producers. But to tell the truth, sometimes even this becomes a diversion from what one is doing at that given point of time.

In Bajirao Mastani, the character you have essayed, that of Kashibai who is Bajiraos wife, is the third angle of the triangle and therefore, dominated by the two main characters, Bajirao and Mastani. Dont you have issues with such roles?
Not at all because I was mentally prepared for this role even when I was shooting for Mary Kom which is quite some time ago. After playing the lead in many good films, I took it as a challenge to play the role of a sacrificing, decent and testing role for a change. I have no issues with this at all.

How many scenes do you have with Deepika Padukone?
Hardly in two scenes and one of them is in the song Pinga which has turned out to be a big hit. The film does not offer any scope for comparing between our performances because I am in other scenes and the characterisation is completely different from what Mastanis is. Deepika is an old friend of mine and Sanjay was happy when he saw us together just before the Pinga song was to be shot.

Did the US stints so frequently make you homesick?
Yes, I used to feel extremely homesick in the US and was crazily looking out for a small escape route to come back home. I missed talking in Hindi and I missed meeting and chatting up with my friends. Besides, I knew that the promos, trailer and poster launches for Bajirao were happening back home without me in the picture. That added to the restlessness. The production team was constantly in touch with me. I had informed them that I would be back the minute I was free.

You had problems with the language for both Bajirao Mastani and Quantica. Would you like to elaborate?
Yes, there were serious language issues and I had to specially train for both. For Quantico, I had to acquire the correct American accent I did not have and found it difficult to get through. For Bajirao Mastani, I was playing a historical character from the Maratha rule which demanded a different kind of Marathi and I had to sound like a true-blue Maharasthrian. I took up training in Marathi dialect for the film and I strongly believe that as a dedicated and good actor, I can slip smoothly into any character I want and that is an everyday challenge for any actor.

Did Quantico raise racial problems?
Nothing like what I experienced when I lived in Boston as a student. While working in Quantico, I was both amused and shocked at the crazy ideas my co-actors have about Indians. They still believe that Indians are all snake charmers who love to play with snakes. God alone knows from where they got these ideas.

Over the past 13 years that you have been in films, it has always been an uphill task. Do you agree?
I am never hassled by hard work and the harder it gets, the more challenging it becomes for me. I am deeply inspired by Mary Kom who told me that when your body and mind are giving up, you must but must brave through it. I have made my choice of the kind of life I want to lead and neither do I want to make excuses nor take it for granted. Hard work falls within my life.

Do you think that your having been chosen to play the dynamic, action-oriented FBI agent in Quantico is a culmination of your work for 13 years?
Of course. The people who chose me for this role were actually recognizing me and my work as an Indian actress and they had heard of me before I felt. The Indian languages may differ from the American brand of English they use, but over the years, Indian films are not only being screened across the world but are also being made in several countries beyond Indian borders. I am basically an Indian actress. The fact that I have been taken for this role proves how much Indian cinema has spread across the world. Please note that 44 countries are watching Quantico every week which is a testament to the power of Indian cinema.

You career is generously marked by versatile characterisations in umpteen films. Would you like to comment on it?
Thats how I wanted my career to go. I played the autistic girl in Barfi, a cabaret dancer in Gunday, a real life sports champion in Mary Kom, a model who falls from the top and makes it to the top again in Fashion, and an out-and-out Punjabi girl in Dil Dhadakne Do besides that Maharashtrian girl from the slums in Kameeney and a totally negative role in Aitraaz. I will be playing a tough cop in Prakash Jhas Jai Gangaajal followed by the first production from my own house Purple Pebble Pictures tentatively titled Madameji. Still, there are miles to go and I am looking forward to them.

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Actress Priyanka Chopra, who was excited to turn producer with her ambitious project “Madamji”, says she will make the movie someday.

Asked about the status of “Madamji”, she said: “‘Madamji’ is on hold and this film is very close to my heart. For this film, I have to give 70 days for shoot but since my show (‘Quantico’) got extended, I couldn’t do it. Hopefully, someday I will make it. But right now I am not doing it.”

The project is to be directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, who directed Priyanka for her National Award winning role in “Fashion”.

As of now, she is riding high on the plaudits earned for “Bajirao Mastani”, in which she has played Kashibai, Bajirao’s wife.

Priyanka says she finds no competition in the film industry.

“I don’t have time to see others’ career. I’m setting my own milestone. I am thankful to filmmakers who write characters for me,” said the actress, for whom 2015 turned out to be immensely successful with an international project like “Quantico” coming her way.

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Through many of our CarterMatt Awards results pieces, one of the common threads that we’ve mentioned is how there have been many blowouts across several of the categories. Often this year results are easy to project once we get a day or two before the announcement of the results.

This wasn’t the case for the Breakout Star category, as this proved to be one of the closest, most-intense battles of the year on the site. There were times when it looked like “Daredevil” star Charlie Cox was surging ahead, only for then Priyanka Chopra of “Quantico” to make a come back. Come around three or four hours before the end of the voting window it looked as though Chopra had it in the bag, but then a late surge from Charlie fans closed the gap to the point that there were just a few percentage points between first and second place.

In the end, though, “Quantico” fans prevailed. Priyanka Chopra is your winner for Breakout Star.

Chopra wins the category for giving a fantastic performance through the first half of the ABC drama’s season, playing a woman in Alex Parrish who entered Quantico full of passion and ambition, only on the other side to realize that she had been set up in a New York City bombing plot. She has had the opportunity to tackle everything from drama to action to romance so far, and this will probably continue tenfold in the second half of the season.

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Lucknow: It is no hidden fact that Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Yadav is a big fan of Bollywood. And this is the reason, every year influx of Bollywood celebrities are seen performing at the Saifai fest.

Mulayam, who joined the Saifai festival on Tuesday couldn’t stop himself from talking about Bollywood actors. “So many people gathered here to catch a glimpse of Bollywood actors. This is no less than an art,” Yadav quoted.

“Amitabh Bachchan, who is being referred as ‘Megastar’ has been to the fest four times. Dhak-Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit performed at the fest two years back,” he said. Mulayam didn’t stop here and noted further that his blessing helped Priyanka Chopra become a star today.

“Priyanka came at the fest thrice. When she was a student in Bareilly, her father was posted in the Army and I was the Defense Minister then. I blessed her and said that one day, you will become a top heroine in Bollywood industry. My blessing helped her become what she is today,” Mulayam said.

We would like to see what Priyanka Chopra has to say about this!

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is the first South Asian actress to bag a starring role in an American network. Chopra, who plays Alex Parrish in “Quantico,” has now wrapped up her shoot for the ABC drama and is currently in India for the release of her new flick, “Jai Gangaajal.”

In ABC’s drama “Quantico,” which made its debut on Sept. 27, Chopra plays an Indian-American who is a trainee at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She is suspected of masterminding the biggest terrorist attack in New York since Sept. 11. Chopra bagged the starring role in the new drama as part of ABC’s continued drive to promote diversity on-screen through casting and outreach efforts, NYT reports.

One of the highest-paid actresses of Bollywood with over 50 films to her credit, Chopra said that she felt like a debutante in the US before “Quantico” made its debut on the small screen. According to the actress, the toughest part for her was to muster an American accent. She recounted how it took her a couple of months to roll her Rs and even say “counterterrorism” to portray an independent American woman. Chopra credits her dialect coach and her team for it.

In an interview with E Online, the 33-year-old recalled one of her craziest encounters with a young fan. Chopra recounted how the kid had run away from his home and used up all his money for a train ticket to Mumbai. Chopra added that the kid waited in front of her house for days. When the “Mary Kom” star got to know about the boy, she spoke to him, called his parents and convinced him that he needed to go back home. Chopra also shared that fans keep waking her up during her flights to ask for pictures.

On a lighter note, during the interview, Chopra, said that if she were alone for a year on the moon, she would take her cellphone with a WiFi router with her. Other essentials for her would be her sunglasses and pepperoni pizza and buffalo wings.

“Quantico” episode 12 premieres next year, March 6, on ABC.

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Priyanka Chopra has been the busiest actor in 2015. She set a new record in air miles by taking over 1000 flights jet setting between the US and India where she shot for her American TV show Quantico and her Bollywood projects Bajirao Mastani and Jai Gangaajal. Between the madness of dealing with jetlag and jumping into characters from different periods and backgrounds, she also learnt from valuable life lessons from the experience. In a candid chat, she tells me about the year that was. Read on…

One word that encompasses 2015 for you.
Overworked!

But not underpaid right?
And underpaid! Whenever I say that, everyone is like, ‘Yeh purana ho gaya’. I don’t talk about payments, my art is too deep for me. I work so much that I am not apologetic about what I get paid. Everybody should be compensated for the work they do and renumeration are meant for that. But for me, my work is my spirituality. When I get on to a set, it’s bigger than me and everyone else. I am an entertainer. I thought I was made to be an engineer but clearly not; I love my job! I love the fact that characters are written for me, that filmmakers come to me and tell me, ‘This role was written keeping you in mind. Please do it!’

One life lesson that 2015 taught you
One thing it has taught me is that there is nothing bigger than the product itself. Like an actor is not bigger than the film. It is Deepika, Ranveer and I who have contributed to making Bajirao Mastani what it is. Not one of us, not two of us, but three of us together. And the 300 faceless, nameless people who worked for 200 days without taking a holiday. We, as actors, at least got breaks to make this film as it is, for the research, clothes, everything. Look at the detailing in this film, doing this film taught me that. We get credit because of our faces on the posters, but there are so many unsung heroes on a film that deserve more credit.

Even for Quantico, we have nine writers who sit and write relentless, because they write it as it goes along. So right now, we are writing episode 15, shooting 13 and we have to do 22 next. It is nuts. I have always been a believer in team work and been a team player, I am not competitive am collaborative, but this year has taught me the importance of being a team player.

Even with Jai Gangaajal, sitting with Prakash sir and talking for 10 hours, we went into shooting. I didn’t have to discuss anything after that, even with Dil Dhadakne Do, the way Zoya gave me the freedom to play Ayesha. Collaborating is fun, that is what I have learnt this year.

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Why is it that when two women do a film together, there’s talk of catfights, but when two men work together, there’s bromance?’ This is a question actor Priyanka Chopra has often asked, and she is forced to bring it up once again as people quiz her about comparisons with Bajirao Mastani co-star Deepika Padukone.

“I think it is a stereotype that has been created. It’s true sometimes that two people cannot get along. But you can’t generalise. It’s the same thing as saying models can’t act. I had to deal with that for so many years of my career. But breaking stereotypes is something that I enjoy and have been doing all along,” she says.

The 33-year-old, who has been a part of many two heroine films such as Aitraaz (2004), Fashion (2008) and Dil Dhadakne Do, says that she has never taken these comparisons seriously. “Comparisons are bound to happen. It has happened to me all my life. I have done so many two heroine films and I just ignore it. It’s not a big deal. When the film wins, everyone wins,” she says.

There was no question of any trouble in her equation with Deepika because of these comparisons, as their association goes back a long way. “Deepika and I get along really well. I have known her from before she became an actor and for a tough song like Pinga, she was the best partner I could have asked for,” she says.

Priyanka adds that not just Deepika, she gets along well with most of her female co-stars. “My career has never been dependent on the success or failure of anyone else. I have made my own choices and it has been very solitary for me. I have friends in the film industry who have been wonderful and have supported me,” she says.

Taking time off from her busy schedule, Priyanka is now heading for a vacation to ring in the New Year. “I am going to an undisclosed location to spend time with myself. I plan to sleep and sleep,” she laughs.

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