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Priyanka Chopra has had an amazing 2015. She made heads turn in Dil Dhadakne Do, grabbed eye balls with her American show Quantico and now is winning hearts with Bajirao Mastani. In a candid chat, Priyanka talks about the success of her latest film, her show and the forthcoming projects!

Bajirao Mastani opened to rave reviews. And apart from Ranveer, your performance has been appreciated. Your reaction?
Phew.. It feels honestly great. I mean I am playing Kashi, not Bajirao or Mastani. But my house is a garden right now. I came back home and for a second I was like ‘Is it my birthday’? Because it is only at that time when my house looks like that. So many people have been calling me up. When I accpeted Kashi’s role, that time only I knew this will be a hugely impactful role to do it. I was the first person to get cast. For me its a different role. I have always played tough, ass-kicking woman. But Kashi had no voice. History had forgotten her, she couldn’t say anything and yet she had to strong and resilient. And I wanted to do that and make her be remembered in history. I am so glad that somehow through me, that would happen.

For Ranveer Singh, Amitabh Bachchan’s letter is the biggest gift. What about you?
We have all got compliments from Mr. Bachchan. My mother has a huge collection of his letters because she is his fan. She can’t talk when she stands in front of him. She compares my performances on whether I have received the letter or no. It is like my mother’s medal. If he doesn’t send me a letter, my mother thinks I haven’t done well.

Many of your colleagues appreciated your work including Shahid Kapoor…
(Interrrupts) A lot of people have appreciated my work. Many of them with whom I haven’t worked for years, have complimented me. I don’t like taking names. It is personal. What is out there is for all to see, what is not, I cannot reveal it to you. I am so overwhelmed right now. It is not just the colleagues but the audience that has complimented me. I have got such overwhelming love for it. People call me ‘Kashibai’ when I land at the airport. It is so wonderful. Even when I was in Montreal, it was wonderful to get that reception.

Many people said that the film should have had more of Priyanka Chopra. Your thoughts?
I haven’t watched the film, I am seeing the film tomorrow. But I don’t think so. I am someone who believes that the length of the role doesn’t matter. I have done 8 scenes in Kaminey, but that was so impactful. Someone told me once, there is no small role, there are just small actors. And I am not a small actor. I believe in my craft. My art is spirituality for me. I don’t compete with others but myself. If the film does well, then everybody wins. I guess everyone should think that way. We are not the only ones in a film. There are 300 people working on it, we are just the face on the poster. That is not right. Kashi wouldn’t be Kashi without people who made her that – SLB, Anju Modi, Priyanka (My hairstylist), My Make-Up team etc. I don’t think the length matters at all. I am so glad Kashi had that impact on all.

What’s next for you now?
Quantico will be a consistent part of my life because the season got extended to 22 episodes. I will be shooting that from January to April. I would be doing two films, deciding which ones. Pheewwww… And that is lot of work. I have some amazing choices and it will be difficult to decide which ones to do and which one to leave. It is heartbreaking. Considering Quantico is a hit show, hopefully we will get renewed for a second season and work on it. I have Jai Gangaajal too for which I am most excitedt. It is the most relevant film. It talks about plight of farmers and the increasing corruption. It is also on gender equality. My character stands up against the odds and wants all to treat her for her capabilities. I have always believed in that in real life too. Treat me on merit and not because of a girl, or because I know you.

There are reports that you are approached for Sultan and a Kalpana Chawla biopic..
There a bunch of films but I cannot commit which one I am doing. And no, I have never been approached for Sultan.

Love triangles are messy. Ranveer said in an interview that in real life, he has been a Kashibai. What is your take on the triangles?
People complicate! Pyaar Hojaata.. You cannot decide with whom you want to fall in love. It could be right and could be wrong according to a lot of people but no one except the people involved have the right to decide what is right or wrong. So the same way I feel, triangles would be happening, but it most important to see where the true love is. In this, both Bajirao and Mastani are right. It’s not their fault. Kashi’s also not wrong. But it was Bajirao who was torn between the two. Nobody’s wrong. Hence Kashi let him go because she wanted him to be happy. If I was in that situation, and if my husband fell in love with someone, I would say ‘Bye, Cya!’ I wouldn’t take care of him, especially when I see him cheating on me! I am of the belief that love should prevail.

Lastly Priyanka, Salman celebrates his 50th birthday tomorrow. What would you like to wish for him?
I would wish him health and prosperity. I heard he was unwell. But he is Salman Khan the Superhero!

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who is seen in the character of Kashibai in Sajay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani,’ recently revealed that she always had faith in this flick and is amused with the response she is getting for it.

The 33-year-old Priyanka Chopra said, “Like all other films I do, I had believe in this film as well, but the love I have got for my character in the flick was unexpected. I am really happy that people are liking Kashibai’s character so much.”

Further, the ‘Mary Kom’ star also revealed that she was the first one to be casted for the flick.

She said, “Sanjay Leela Bhasali casted Khashibai first, when I was doing ‘Mary Kom’ he came to me and said when I will cast Kashibai then only I will decide who will play Bajirao and Mastani.”

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Actress Priyanka Chopra counts her role of Peshwa Bajirao’s first wife Kashibai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Bajirao Mastani” as one of her career-defining outings.

Though a supporting character in the love story of Bajirao and Mastani, Kashibai has got the 33-year-old actress praise from fans, critics and her colleagues.

“I did not expect this kind of response for my role of Kashibai. It has become like milestone. (My) roles in ‘Aitraaz’,’Fashion’, ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Barfi’ and now Kashibai in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ will be remembered by people,” Priyanka said.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan sent her a hand-written note, praising her performance in the period drama, which stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in lead roles.

“We all have got compliments from Mr Bachchan. Whenever he sees best performances he sends hand written note. My mother collects them as she is a huge fan of Mr Bachchan. She can’t talk when she stands in front of him,” the actress said.

“She judges my performances over Mr Bachchan’s notes. Over the years it has become a tradition. I told him, ‘If you don’t send me a letter every time my mother will think I have performed badly’.”

The “Quantico” actress, however, added that she did not want to “harp” on the praise she received from Bachchan.

“I don’t like taking names. I don’t want to harp up on it. It’s a personal thing. Besides him, there are lot of people including those who haven’t been in touch for long time have praised my work. It’s been wonderful to see the unanimous kind of love and adulation that I have got for ‘Bajirao Mastani’.”

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Priyanka’s ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapoor was also among the people, who expressed their admiration for the actress’ portrayal of Kashibai.

Shahid had tweeted, saying, “Priyanka is in top form,” to which the actress had replied, “Thank you @shahidkapoor glad you liked the film.”

When asked if the “Haider” star called her personally to congratulate on her performance, Priyanka said, “What is out there is out there for you to read. What is not I won’t talk bout it.”

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Priyanka Chopra’s popularity has grown by leaps and bounds ever since she has played the lead role in American TV show Quantico. She has won hearts across the world with her portrayal of FBI Agent Alex Parrish in ABC’s crime-thriller and now, has the global audience eating out of her hand.

The trailer of Priyanka’s upcoming film Jai Gangaajal was recently unveiled and like always, Priyanka has impressed cine-lovers with her powerful performance, yet again. The actress has essayed the role of a no-nonsense cop, Abha Mathur in the Prakash Jha-directed film and she is winning accolades for her look as well as her power-packed performance in the movie.

Priyanka’s followers are thrilled to see her in this never-seen-before avatar however, as the film is in Hindi language, her fans from foreign shores are not able to understand the dialogues and therefore, they have requested her to have subtitles added to the trailer.

Fans have been sending messages to the global superstar, director Prakash Jha and also on the official pages of the movie across all social media sites to release a trailer with English subtitles and seeing the huge demand, the makers have finally decided to comply with their requests.

Written and directed by Prakash Jha, produced by Prakash Jha Productions and Play Entertainment and co-produced by Milind Dabke, Jai Gangaajal revisits the dusty heartland of Central India and examines the society–police relationship. Starring Priyanka Chopra, the movie is all set to release on 4th March, 2016. Jai Gangaajal is not a prequel or a sequel to Ajay Devgn starrer Gangaajal but is a fresh story.



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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical drama “Bajirao Mastani” had a phenomenal first week run at the domestic box office. The film, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, earned Rs 86.15 crore, which is the 10th highest box office income of 2015.

“Bajirao Mastani” is running steadily at the box office, thanks to the positive reviews and word of mouth. During the weekend, Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” overshadowed the film, but “Bajirao Mastani” took the lead during weekdays. The weekdays box office collection of “Bajirao Mastani” is higher than “Dilwale”.

Bajirao Mastani” minted Rs 46.77 crore over the weekend and Rs 39.38 crore during weekdays, while “Dilwale” minted Rs 65.09 crore in the first three days and Rs 37.56 crore in the next four days. The first week box office collection of “Bajirao Mastani” is the fourth highest after “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” and “Dilwale”.

“#BajiraoMastani Fri 12.80 cr, Sat 15.52 cr, Sun 18.45 cr, Mon 10.25 cr, Tue 9.40 cr, Wed 9.21 cr, Thu 10.52 cr. Total: ₹ 86.15 cr. TERRIFIC!” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the first week box office earnings of “Bajirao Mastani”. “WEEK 1 TOP SCORERS – 2015: 1. #BajrangiBhaijaan 184.62 cr. 2. #PRDP 172.82 cr. 3. #Dilwale 102.65 cr. 4.#BajiraoMastani 86.15 cr. India biz.”

After a good first week run, the film is expected to dominate the box office in its second week. The second weekend box office collection of “Bajirao Mastani” will be good since it is a long holiday weekend. “Bajirao Mastani” might also enter the Rs 100 crore club in India, if the second weekend collection remains strong.

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The year in TV gave viewers heartaches and headaches, heroes and villains, murder mysteries and so much more. Behind all that were great performances from seasoned veterans and fresh faces. What better way to bid adieu to 2015 TV than to get to know those standout players a little better? Each actor was given the same 10-question questionnaire, designed to get to know the person behind the performance.

We’ll be bringing you a new breakout star each day this week, so by the time the year actually ends, you’ll have a new appreciation for the performances that rocked you this season. We’ve already introduced you to Arrow‘s Echo Kellum and Jessica Jones’ Rachael Taylor, now it’s time to meet Quantico‘s Priyanka Chopra.

One of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses in her home country of India, Chopra became the first South Asian actress to headline an American network drama with her role of ass-kicking Alex Parrish in ABC’s hit thriller. With nary a hair of her stunning mane out of place, Chopra took America by storm as the FBI agent framed for the biggest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, keeping us on the edge of our seats every Sunday night.

What’s the one song that you can count on to help you get into character?
“Bitch,” by Meredith Brooks

Which TV show would you most want to star on if you weren’t on yours?
House of Cards or Breaking Bad

What’s the craziest fan encounter you’ve ever had?
People waking me up on flights to take a picture. Fans tattooing my face or signature on various body parts. One of the crazier encounters was this young kid who ran away from his hometown, which was on the other end of the country. He used up all his money for a train ticket to get to Mumbai. He then made his way to my house and waited outside for days…day and night. When I realized what was going on, I spoke to him and called his parents (who were worried sick) and convinced him that he needed to go back home.

Who’s the last person you called on the phone?
Wouldn’t you want to know?? Hehe

What’s your favorite word to say out loud?
Fully and Absolutely

What’s your go-to drink order at a bar?
Cosmo – cause girls wanna have fu-un

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Tupac

What movie/song/book/TV show can you count on to bring a tear to your eye, no matter what?
There are two: Jerry Maguire and Schindler’s List

You’re going to spend a year alone on the moon. What three things do you bring with you?
My cellphone with a Wifi router, my sunglasses (because the sun never sets on me (even if I’m on the moon)), and pepperoni pizza & buffalo wings

If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your younger self?
Breathe! Don’t take it all so seriously. Love yourself, and live in the moment…tomorrow can in fact wait sometimes!

Quantico returns with new episodes Sunday, March 6 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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Priyanka was interviewed at the Guild Awards yesterday. She appears at about 10:25. Also here’s a video from the UNICEF campaign.






After creating frenzy on social media yesterday, the latest news to emerge about Priyanka Chopra is that she will be conferred with the honorary title of Assistant Commissioner of Police by the newly elected Bihar Government for her outstanding portrayal of a police officer in the trailer of the upcoming movie Jai Gangaajal.

This announcement was made late last night by the new Minister for Health and son of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tej Pratap Yadav. It came as a surprise as the police force is under the Home Ministry which is handled directly by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. In his announcement, Tej Pratap Yadav said, “It is with great honor that we would like to give the title of Asst. Commissioner to Priyanka Chopra. Unfortunately, this is the highest title that a state government can offer. If it was in my hands I would have made her the Inspector General but the Indian Civil Services does not allow it. My father also agrees with the decision and has supported my demand to the Bihar government”.

On further questioning as to why this call was taken, Tej Pratap responded by saying, “Did you not see the trailer of Jai Gangaajal on Facebook? What a performance! If we have more police officers like this in our force, it will inspire both female and male officers to perform as well”. The RJD supporters welcomed this decision and had already started celebrations marking this historic and innovative decision by the newly elected government.

RJD leader and kingmaker Lalu Prasad Yadav was elated by the announcement and went on to clarify that this was not one of a kind decision and it has its precedents. He gave the example of Kapil Dev for his contribution to cricket and Malayalam actor Mohanlal for his roles as an army officer in 2 films who were awarded the rank of Lt. Colonel. He also mentioned that Sachin Tendulkar also received the rank of Group Captain. Lalu Prasad, however, emphasized that this will be the first time a police rank is conferred based on the performance in a trailer of a movie, “My sons are innovative and will keep coming up with such wonderful initiatives as they have not been influenced by Indian education”.

On a parting note, Tej Pratap was asked if he felt that all female officers should be ruthless in taking down corrupt politicians like Priyanka Chopra does in the trailer. He looked confused and then replied, “No. I just want them to look as hot as her.”

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was not available for comment. Priyanka Chopra replied to our question via SMS by saying, “is [sic] this a joke???”

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It is difficult to say which among our current crop of female actors is the best. From Deepika Padukone to Anushka Sharma to Kangana Ranaut, every one of them is rewriting the rules of Bollywood by doing meaningful films that they carry nearly entirely on their shoulders.

Piku was nothing if not a love song to Deepika. Queen did not just re-emphasise Kangana’s acting chops, it made a strong feminist statement also. And Anushka’s roles in PK and NH-10 kept all the promises she made to us in Band Baaja Baaraat.

So, it is her special talent that makes Priyanka Chopra a cut above the rest. 2015 has been a huge year for the actor which is saying something since she has done consistently good work over the last few years. In a parallel, and undoubtedly poorer, world, if Priyanka had retired after last year’s Mary Kom, she would still be remembered as one of our most talented actors.

Yet, she continues to shift the goalposts. Why, she positively burns them down! Her role as Kashibai in the recently released Bajirao Mastani is so good that when she did not appear much in the film’s first half, fans began to question why she had said yes to the film.

But slowly yet surely, you see her grow in the role. She is in nearly every frame in the film’s second half, as she plays the torn wife who must choose between her rage at her husband’s infidelity and her essential goodness and deep love for him.

Rajeev Masand asked her in an interview how it was working as Kashibai, and Priyanka said she would never do such a role again. She had much trouble portraying a woman who accepts her husband’s second marriage. “I would have left him in a heartbeat,” she joked.

And yet, Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani is hardly a doormat. She forbids Bajirao from visiting her room after his affair comes to light.

In one scene, she censures him for cheating on her, saying she would have gladly sacrificed her life for him if he had only asked. By marrying Mastani he had killed her self-esteem. It is hard to imagine another actor bring out this dilemma with as much gravitas as Priyanka.

The film’s director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has taken much liberty with the script, including having a song between Kashibai and Mastani in which the women, like the doomed pair of Paro and Chandramukhi in his earlier Devdas, celebrate their love for the same man.

Few actors can carry this off without their characterisation coming across as forced. Yet, Priyanka captures both the hurt and the ephemeral joy of her situation with felicity.

This week, the trailer of Jai Gangajal was released. Priyanka plays Abha Mathur, the first woman superintendent of police (SP) of a lawless district in Bihar.

Like all Prakash Jha films, this one too focuses attention on the sordid cocktail of corrupt politicians and a compromised police force ruling Bihar.

Into this turmoil comes the upright Abha. The trailer of the film, which has Jha play a police officer too, is so good and Priyanka is such a natural that it boggles the mind that the same actor played an ambitious model in Fashion. Or the autistic Jhilmil in Barfi. Seriously, with Priyanka, her acting talent is the gift that keeps on giving.

She returned to India this week after wrapping Season 1 of Quantico, her show for ABC in which she plays an FBI agent who is blamed for a terror attack. Reviews of the series have been generally favourable, and one hopes that it picks up steam as it goes along.

And yet, it says something about Priyanka’s force-of-nature career graph that a primetime main lead debut on American TV is just another feather in her cap this year. From an army family of doctors, Priyanka has risen progressively from the time she was crowned Miss India in 2000.

Even in films that she today regrets doing, such as the abysmal Aitraaz, she lit up the screen. The fact that she, like her three contemporaries I mentioned earlier, is not from a film background makes their success all the more fetching.

From new films to new scripts, we are undoubtedly looking at a new Bollywood, and we have actors like Priyanka Chopra to thank for leading this charge.

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