In an exclusive conversation with Indian Express’ columnist Harneet Singh,Priyanka Chopra talks about life after her father’s death,prepping for Mary Kom,her latest single Exotic and dealing with trolls.
Priyanka Chopra is sitting with boxer Mary Kom in the Olympic Bronze winner’s home in Imphal. From the day she signed on the dotted line to portray Mary Kom in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali production,tentatively titled Mary Kom,Priyanka wanted to meet the champion to research for the “hardest film” of her life.
“I hope I can do justice to Mary. It’s too early to talk about the film as we have a long way to go. It’s kind of surreal that Mary is sitting right next to me, she says,over the phone.
It was on the sets of Mary Kom where Priyanka Chopra returned to,just days after losing her father,Dr Ashok Chopra to cancer,last month. The decision to get back to work was not easy.
It was very painful. It still is. Nobody will understand what Im going through except me. I don’t like to talk about my weaknesses. I don’t like to show the chinks in my armour but if I hadnt gone back to work then I would have gone mad, she says. The grueling training for Mary Kom was almost cathartic.
“I put blinkers on when I’m at work. When Im on the sets then nothing else matters. Work keeps me going. Thats something my dad always taught me, she says.
Her father also introduced her to singing,the other love of her life,with acting. She credits him as the inspiration behind her newly minted singing career.
“The first time I ever sang on stage was at the age of three. My dad organised a musical event at the Army Wives Association charity function. I sang an African nursery rhyme,which my nana (maternal grandfather) taught me. I sang the vowels A-E-I-O-U on stage and everybody clapped, she laughs.
The 31-year-old actor-singer is upbeat about her latest single,Exotic,where she has collaborated with rapper Pitbull.
“The song got three million hits in three days. I’m overwhelmed. Ive been working on the album,In My City,for two and a half years. This is new turf for me. Since I’m a creative person I like to try different things all the time. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed,but that’s the way I roll. With this album I wanted to show the world that India is a lot more than just a country of snake charmers and elephants,” she says.
The idea behind Exotic came from international music producer RedOne who has worked with the likes of Jennifer Lopez,Lady Gaga and Cher.
“RedOne was looking for a word to describe me and he came up with Exotic. He wrote the song and then I added some Hindi lines because I felt the music piece was a bit incomplete, she says.
While Exotic is climbing the charts,it has got its fair share of criticism especially in the form of internet trolling.
Priayanka Chopra has come in for criticism for her Jennifer continued…