Whether it was her turn as the gutsy model Meghna in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, the murderous Suzanna in Saat Khoon Maaf or the adorable Jhilmil in Barfi!, the film industry, over the last few years, has grown accustomed to hearing news of Priyanka Chopra for unusual acts. And this season is no different. After a whirlwind trip to the United States for the premiere of Disney film Planes — which she lent her voice to (for the Hollywood version and not a dubbed version as has been the norm), to launching the video of her latest single with a music video for her second song Exotic (a follow-up to In My City) with Pitbull to boot. Chopra, after earning her stripes back home has been exploring newer pastures. Incidentally, Exotic will be played through the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup as the official theme song.
Besides, last year she added two feathers to the proverbial hat with Agneepath, the first blockbuster of 2012 and Barfi! (she played an autistic which even fetched her several accolades, the film was an unexpected entrée to the multi-crore club). This year too looks promising with the much talked about Zanjeer, a remake of the Amitabh Bachchan classic helmed by Apoorva Lakhia coming up besides Krrish 3. Besides, there is Gunday, an item song in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela and a biopic on boxing champion Mary Kom.
And though Chopra punctuates every sentence with ‘fun’ and ‘great’ making the process seem rather easy, her enviable repertoire has not come on a platter but on the back of her unflinching focus. Why, just recently her resolve was put to test right through her father Dr Ashok Chopra’s critical illness, when in addition to attending to him, the actor kept working round the clock. He eventually succumbed to cancer but living by the diktat that he held dear, Chopra immersed herself in work.
It is only when a mention of him comes up that the otherwise unflappable actress loses composure. But only momentarily. Her eyes brim over with tears, but daddy’s brave little girl blinks them away and is back next minute to her sunshine, confident self, chatting away freely. At the swanky Marriott hotel in Juhu, Bollywood’s Mecca and meeting point, she is getting ready for interviews and a press conference that is to follow later. The hotel is swarming with