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Is love going to continue to be in the air on “Quantico” this season? We’ve certainly seen elements of it here and there with Alex and Ryan, but to say that there are complications would be an understatement. While at Quantico, the two made their feelings for each other abundantly clear. However, the fact that he is not actually an NAT makes things complicated, as does the fact that he is now getting set to go on a lengthy undercover mission with his ex Hannah (Eliza Coupe), a woman who is in many ways the agent that Alex wishes she could be.

So how is she going to handle all of these new dynamics? Speaking about the relationship and the future to TV Guide, star Priyanka Chopra had the following to say:

“They’re together, but they can’t be together. They have this whole thing all the time where they come that close to being together and get torn apart. I don’t think Ryan is going to leave Alex’s mind any time soon, that’s for sure. Ryan and Hannah work tremendously together even if they’re not together romantically. I think it’s hard for Alex to see that and understand that, and I think there’s this fear in her that [Ryan and Hannah] might get back together.”

While we are invested in the relationship, we would also be fine if “Quantico” focused a little more on the training and the flash-forward mystery more so than the romance in the near future. Granted, we’re not sure that will happen given that Alex looked for some sort of comfort in Liam after Hannah told her not to break Ryan’s heart.

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We are both sipping coffee. In different parts of the world, in different time zones. It is 7 am in Montreal; Priyanka is curling her sweeping lashes with mascara, while chatting with me at the other end — all perky and raring to go.

Her shoot begins in a few minutes, but she sprightly engages in a conversation that starts with her role as Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani, her challenges as an international actor and her pride in being a product of Bollywood. It gradually moves on to a thought-provoking discussion on feminism, relationships and her life’s mantra — to be nothing short of ‘great’. Of course, this is long after my cuppa coffee is empty.

That’s Priyanka Chopra — with her irresistible energy, charged with 1,000 watts of brainpower. Read on…

So what keeps you going? It can’t be just the strong coffee?

I know that I am straddling two careers, it was my choice and I have to do it. So even if I am shooting in Montreal for my television show, I have a responsibility to promote my film in India. Yes, it is physically tiring, but I don’t have the luxury to complain, and I can’t be hypocritical, right? If I want to achieve so much, I have to do what it takes. I can’t take anything for granted.

Has all the international fame and acclaim changed your life?

I always say that I am an Indian star first and then a global actor. And life hasn’t changed much as I am still overworked. The difference is that I am working in another part of the world. The truth is, wherever you work, the language of filmmaking is the same. There is madness and chaos on every set. The challenge was television versus movies. Television is a brutal beast, which is something that I wasn’t warned about.

I am guessing that your chaotic work pace doesn’t leave you with much time to rehearse. Are you an instinctive actor?

I learnt acting on my own. Hence, I had to depend heavily on my instinct, and now it has become my strength. If I prepare too much for a scene, my instincts don’t kick in and I become robotic. I can’t give the same take twice. I have never planned anything between action and cut. I guess that explains how I have such a great understanding with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. There are very few directors who have an acute understanding of human emotions. I love the fact that he surprises me; in fact, working with him feels like playing a game.

We are both sipping coffee. In different parts of the world, in different time zones. It is 7 am in Montreal; Priyanka is curling her sweeping lashes with mascara, while chatting with me at the other end — all perky and raring to go.

Her shoot begins in a few minutes, but she sprightly engages in a conversation that starts with her role as Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani, her challenges as an international actor and her pride in being a product of Bollywood. It gradually moves on to a thought-provoking discussion on feminism, relationships and her life’s mantra — to be nothing short of ‘great’. Of course, this is long after my cuppa coffee is empty.

That’s Priyanka Chopra — with her irresistible energy, charged with 1,000 watts of brainpower. Read on…

So what keeps you going? It can’t be just the strong coffee?

I know that I am straddling two careers, it was my choice and I have to do it. So even if I am shooting in Montreal for my television show, I have a responsibility to promote my film in India. Yes, it is physically tiring, but I don’t have the luxury to complain, and I can’t be hypocritical, right? If I want to achieve so much, I have to do what it takes. I can’t take anything for granted.

Has all the international fame and acclaim changed your life?

I always say that I am an Indian star first and then a global actor. And life hasn’t changed much as I am still overworked. The difference is that I am working in another part of the world. The truth is, wherever you work, the language of filmmaking is the same. There is madness and chaos on every set. The challenge was television versus movies. Television is a brutal beast, which is something that I wasn’t warned about.

I am guessing that your chaotic work pace doesn’t leave you with much time to rehearse. Are you an instinctive actor?

I learnt acting on my own. Hence, I had to depend heavily on my instinct, and now it has become my strength. If I prepare too much for a scene, my instincts don’t kick in and I become robotic. I can’t give the same take twice. I have never planned anything between action and cut. I guess that explains how I have such a great understanding with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. There are very few directors who have an acute understanding of human emotions. I love the fact that he surprises me; in fact, working with him feels like playing a game.

Do you think we lack a sense of pride in our own films and film industry?

I don’t know about the rest, but I take tremendous pride in being a Hindi film actor. Today, I can go to another country and unflinchingly do what I am doing, because I have been trained in one of the most prolific industries in the world. In the West, a lot of people know me only for my show, so it is nice to open a new audience to Hindi films and see their fascination for our cinema. My crew here hasn’t seen Bollywood films, so they are wide-eyed when they see me as Kashibai. I think there is a stereotype that comes with Bollywood. Everyone thinks it is all about songs and dancing around trees. We have left that behind so many years ago, and I am enjoying introducing people to the kind of films we are making today.

Earlier, we have spoken about how our (Indian) film industry is male-dominated. What do you have to say about that part of the world?

I think the world is male-dominated; it’s not just about India. I think women have been treated like second-class people, no matter where in the world we go. I think we have reached a point where certain women are standing up for themselves and demanding to be taken seriously for their jobs, on merit. I think it a great time for feminism, there are so many people standing up for women’s rights. So yes, this is a global problem.

In Bajirao Mastani, Kashibai is heartbroken because her man falls in love with another woman. In reality, would you fight for love if your man loved someone else?

No way! I don’t think you should be in a relationship if your partner is in love with someone else. It is terrible. I believe you should be with the one you love and with whomever you find happiness — this applies to men and women. There are no excuses if you are unhappy in a relationship. I am sorry, but I am a 21st century girl and that’s how I feel. There is enough pressure by society to be a certain way and behave a certain way, especially for women. For eons, women have been told how to be and what not to be. I don’t think you should be in the relationship when your partner feels for someone else. It is also about one’s self-respect.

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You have never played a part in a film to simply share screen space with a successful actor?

My choice of films has never been because of a certain hero. I depend on myself, my part and the director. The male lead is never the reason; of course, it is a bonus if you get a great co-star who brings in box office bucks. I like creating art and working with filmmakers who enjoy being on a film set, and who want to live and die there telling stories.

Did you ever feel a sense of competitiveness while working with Deepika Padukone?

I am very confident about my talent, and I am not competitive, but collaborative. I had only eight scenes in Kaminey, but I wanted to work with Vishal Bhardwaj. Someone once told me, “There are no small roles, there are only small actors.” If actors compete with each other, it is not about the film anymore. I play a part in the film, I am not the film. Deepika and I have been friends for years and we were both so excited about our parts in Bajirao Mastani. If you work only for yourself… how will the film ever win?

What do you feel about Deepika’s much talked-about Hollywood debut?

I am so excited about it and I hope it is true. I wish that more actors from India come into global entertainment. We are extremely talented and we can match steps with anyone in the global entertainment industry. Actors like Irrfan and Anil Kapoor have paved the way for me here. I am proud of Deepika. It is time for Indian actors to stand up and take credit for the fact that we come from one of the most prolific industries in the world.

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With endless work hours and all the globetrotting, is there time for love?

Well, just because you don’t know about it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen (laughs). As a public figure I am an open book, but I am very private about my personal life and I will always be. You can make time for anything, even love. We women are amazing at multitasking, if you want something you can get it. I am just someone who won’t make it public.

Lastly, is the media in the West different from us here?

I have an edge; I have been around for so long, so I know how to handle it. The media here is hugely intrigued with who I am and what I do. I am different and they find that fascinating. I have never wanted to be anybody else, from anywhere else. Bruce Springsteen once said, “I don’t want to be rich, I don’t want to be famous and I don’t even want to be happy. I want to be great.” That is exactly what I am looking for.

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Upcoming movie of Deepika Padukone Bajirao Mastani is getting a huge response from the international audience, as a result over 850 theaters are going to screen the movie in the world, excluding India. India has around 5500 screens and the movie is most probably will be screened on every theater in the country.

Bajirao Mastani is featuring three apex Bollywood stars of the country, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. Song of the movie, Pinga have achieved a great success in the music channels and on social video sharing websites.

Earlier according to some reports it was believed that the movie is going to release on a larger scale in the home country and as well as in overseas. The details have been confirmed with the producers now, according to reports. The movie is story tale of Bajirao and Mastani during the Maratha Period in India.

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I always travel with four cell phones and an energy drink, Airborne, handy in my favourite bag. Over the last five years I’ve been doing a lot of globe-trotting and sometimes when you’re on a flight for 15-16 hours, one starts feeling cold and lethargic. And the drink is an instant mood-lifter.

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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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For all the Alex and Ryan shippers out there, this is for you. HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY to Priyanka Chopra, 33, all about Quantico, and she thinks Alex and Ryan are a perfect match. Plus, you won’t believe what she said about the Dec. 13 winter finale!

“There is something epic about them,” Priyanka said about Alex and Ryan. “I think they are going to be those star-crossed lovers. There is something really good about them. I think they’re good for each other, and they look good together, too.”

Cue the massive screaming! The chemistry between Alex and Ryan is INSANE! There is clearly something big between them, but so many things (ahem, secrets) keep getting in their way. But as all star-crossed lovers do, they always seem to find their way back to each other.

Quantico has been building up to one epic midseason finale, and Priyanka admitted that major questions will be answered, including who planted the bomb at Grand Central.

“We’ve been saying for a few episodes now leading up to the finale that someone from Alex’s class is going to be revealed as the terrorist,” Priyanka told us. “Now the question is: Did they work alone? Was there someone else in our class who worked with them? Were they lying? How deep is this? Because it’s a huge terrorist act and Alex has been saying for the past few episodes that there was a second bomb. No one is believing her and that also is sort of answered. It’s a really great winter finale. It has all the fun stuff of the holidays but at the same time, a lot of questions are answered.”

Well, the midseason finale leads to the second half of the season, which will air in 2016. I’ll just leave you with what Priyanka told me: “The second half of the season — we just started shooting — is going blow your mind.”

HollywoodLifers, do you think Alex and Ryan belong together? Who do you think the terrorist is on Quantico? Let us know!

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The freshman season of ABC’s Quantico has been so rife with twists, flash-forwards and reveals, that it can sometimes be hard to see where the story is going next. Between that massive terrorist explosion, which has kept the story on its toes since Day 1, and last week’s episode, in which it became apparent how far Alex (Priyanka Chopra) is willing to go in order to clear her name, the stakes have never been higher.

One thing is for sure though: Heading into Sunday’s midseason finale, “Inside,” the real terrorist will finally be revealed after 11 episodes of crazy speculation. Given that Alex has been the scapegoat all season long, THR turned to leading lady Chopra to get her take on who she believes the terrorist could be.

“I didn’t know at all, I found out much later than everybody else actually because I wanted it that way. We all had our guesses — mine was wrong,” she says. “The audience finds out through Alex’s eyes and I wanted to discover it as Alex finds out.”

Here, Chopra breaks down her list of suspects.

Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin)

“I don’t think Alex would have fallen in love with a guy who didn’t have integrity and wasn’t honest. But he is a special agent who has gone undercover in the past. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and always has an edge. Plus he has military training and he’s done he’s been deployed a bunch of times, which gives you knowledge of procedure and it helps you manipulate the system.”

Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy)

“Shelby has been in Alex’s corner; she was apprehensive before but she stood by her and put her job and life on the line to help Alex prove her innocence. Then again she’s an incredible sniper and has had secret ties, lots of money. Things that make people shady.”

Simon Asher (Tate Ellington)

“Simon and Alex have a brother-sister like relationship, they always have each other’s backs. At the same time there’s just there’s something so secretive and shady about Simon. He doesn’t talk about everything and she doesn’t know everything.”

Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers)

“Shelby once said, ‘I would be petrified to live in a world where Caleb Haas was a terrorist.’ I’ll go with that!”

Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri)

“Nimah and Alex are really close, even though Nimah is competitive, ambitious and wants to be the best and wants to kick ass. At the same time she says what she feels, she’s like straight up honest and bad ass. That’s the difference between the twins. It’s something to think about.”

Raina Amin (Yasmine Al Massri)

“She’s softer and a little naive. She believes in the goodness of people but she’s also very conservative in her thoughts and beliefs.”

Natalie Vasquez (Anabelle Acosta)

“She’s Alex’s nemeses, so there’s a lot of drama in that relationship. But she’s also a cop. Natalie has so much going on that I don’t know if she has the head space to mastermind this kind of terrorist act. It takes someone with a lot more against the world. Which she could have, because the system keeps her away form her daughter or whatever.”

Elias Harper (Rick Cosnett)

“He has that famous Elias Harper charm. Then again he saved himself over his fellow classmates and colleagues during that bomb exercise.”

Brandon Fletcher (Jacob Artist)

“He’s someone who follows the rules but at the same time believes in the fact that if you’re in the FBI you sort of sell your life and soul to law enforcement. And if you’re not willing to risk your life then why are you even here? He’s someone who comes from that kind of a belief. But he’s very straightforward and will do whatever it takes to make sure the job is done … ”

Who do you think the terrorist is? Sound off in the comments below. Quantico‘s midsesaon finale airs Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC. Stay tuned to THR‘s The Live Feed for full coverage, including an interview with showrunner Josh Safran and more.

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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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Priyanka Chopra has not forgotten to have fun in spite of her mad schedule and constant shuttling between Canada and India. Excerpts from a quick chat with PeeCee:

Q. You recently hosted a party at your Montreal home for your Quantico colleagues…
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I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy it is. We are always running against time. We have shot 13 episodes in five months. That’s about nine days per episode. Now, episode 10 is being aired and we are shooting episode 12 — it is that close. So, yes, for the sake of a break, I got everyone on the sets to come home one night for a party. We got a DJ too.

Q. It must have been crazy playing diverse characters — Kashibai (in Bajirao Mastani) and Alex Parrish (in Quantico) — almost simultaneously.
A.
It was absolute madness. I was a lost case. I felt like a schizophrenic. Thankfully, i could slip in and out because even here (Canada), the writers are amazing. And there, of course, we have Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a genius filmmaker. You know, I picked up this role because Kashibai’s character is so heartbreakingly lovely. It is nice to be part of retelling the history that people have forgotten. I am so different from what Kashibai was. So, it was kind of fun creating her… with zero make-up and light eyed lenses, because she was a Maharashtrian Brahmin and everything had to be kept natural. Sanjay sir would not even allow the use of electric curlers on my hair. It had to be curled through hand. He didn’t want to compromise on anything. We looked at old movies to get ideas. Besides, I had to wear that 11-yard saree; it was so difficult to carry it around that I begged him to make the trail smaller. And then he did make it slightly smaller. Kashibai is this naïve, child-woman character and it was nice playing her.

Q. You were also like Kashibai, a naïve, child-woman when you entered this industry.
A.
(Laughs) That’s true. You had seen me then. I was really naïve for at least seven to eight years after I got in here. I am a little wiser now. I don’t change myself for the world anymore now. Even though I am not that naïve, I try and not allow myself to get cynical and bitter. That’s me.

Q. Well, looks like Kashibai is already a hit. We hear you were offered a R9-crore endorsement deal by an ethnic wear brand.
A.
I won’t discuss the price point, but yes, there is a good offer. You know I have taken pride in doing such diverse roles… characters that are not the real me. I enjoy taking up characters which others might think is impossible for me to portray. I am the shyest person off screen, but when I get such roles, I change and become empowered.

Q. People have raised objections to certain ways the characters in Bajirao Mastani have been portrayed.
A.
We are telling stories about human beings. And what these three human beings (Bajirao, Mastani and Kashibai) went through 500-plus years ago, no one knows. It is the director’s vision of what might have happened. It is so difficult to tell such stories. I tell Sanjay sir that by now he must be used to such objections. I truly admire him for his work; he’s one of the greatest cinematic voices that we have in the country. I have travelled the world, but everywhere I go I really feel proud to say I belong to Bollywood. I walk around with a strut like a peacock. We are the most prolific film industry and people everywhere are fascinated by Bollywood. It is time we give ourselves that credit.

Q. You mean we need to have a lot more self confidence?
A.
I do. I have major self confidence because I am an actor in Bollywood first.

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