Priyanka Chopra: ‘I am Mr Bachchan’s brand ambassador’

Priyanka Chopra has joked that she is Amitabh Bachchan’s brand ambassador.

The actress has starred in remakes of classic Amitabh Bachchan films Don and Agneepath, and is due to start shooting a modern retelling of Zanjeer.

Speaking to Mid Day, the Barfi! star said: “I am Mr Bachchan’s brand ambassador and yeh mere contract mein hona chahiye. Now I can’t be Vijay so I am being his heroine in any film. But if given a chance I would like to play Anthony in the remake of Amar Akbar Anthony and the film has to be made with three girls!”

Chopra’s Don 2 director Farhan Akhtar recently took to Twitter to warn Chopra of the risks of being typecast for doing only remakes.

“Priyanka Chopra, do you realise that this is the third official remake of Amitabh Bachchan you are in? Be careful you don’t get typecast,” Akhtar tweeted.

Despite reports that she has no films in her schedule, the former Miss World, who is currently balancing her career as an actress with her music career, confirmed that she has signed up to four big banner films including Yash Raj’s Gunday.

“I only know what the truth is. Abhi isse jyaada mein kaam bhi nahi kar sakti [I can’t do more work than this]. I am working on two careers simultaneously as singing is a full-time job. I have Krrish, which is releasing next Diwali, and I start Zanjeer now. Then I will be in LA to promote my song and then next year I start Milan Talkies and then Gunday.”

Chopra went on to say that she tries to do at least one non-commercial ‘passion project’ film per year, explaining: “For me, I always like to do a film every year which is for the actor in me. It is a conscious effort of picking up films that balance along with the commercial films that I do.”

The actress-turned-singer has recorded a new track with DJ/ producer duo The Chainsmokers.