Priyanka Chopra: Sky is the limit for me

Priyanka Chopra talks about her new film 'Gunday' and her upcoming projects.

Priyanka Chopra: I don't have to relate to any of my characters. I play them because I am an actor.  (Photo: Varinder Chawla) Priyanka Chopra: I don't have to relate to any of my characters. I play them because I am an actor. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)
Mumbai | Published on:February 15, 2014 4:10 pm

From winning the quintessential Miss World to being the top Bollywood actress to a global pop singer, Priyanka Chopra has done it all. After marking her position in the 200 crore club with Krrish 3 in 2013, Priyanka is gearing up for her first release this year with Gunday. Playing the love interest of two hot hunks Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, Priyanka talks about her role as the cabaret dancer Nandita, her future ventures as an actress and pop singer, her love for entertainment and a lot more.

What is Gunday all about? 
The film is based between 1971 to 1980, the time of Bangladesh war when India got divided. Bikram and Bala are refugees who are a victim of this partition. Striving to survive in poor conditions, they indulge in stealing coal which was prominent in Calcutta then. This makes them the biggest gunday of the city, which is when Nandita enters their lives. She is a cabaret dancer but her nature is more of a girl next door who doesn’t believe in anything bad. She is against their gundagardi and when the two fall for her, the conflict arises. The best part of the film is where the audience is unable to decide if they should side the gunday for the kind of life they are leading or whether they should be against it – it’s completely based on the audience perception.

How does Nandita add twist to the tale of Bikram and Bala? 
Nothing would have happened if Nandita didn’t come into their life. My character is very pivotal to what happens in the story and why it happens. I think Vishwamitra ke zindagi mein Menaka aati hain… waisa!Nandita is a character who is against the edgy way Bikram and Bala lead their life and wants them to quit the kind of gangster life they lead.

How was it working with bromance icons Ranveer and Arjun along with Irrfan, while it was also your first outing with Ali Abbas Zafar? 
I have done a lot of two hero films and am familiar with bromance. It’s great to see people getting along so well. Since we are all of the same age group, we share the same mentality and mindset. So, we all ended up becoming really good friends and when you make films with friends its fun. Ali is a phenomenal director and I am very proud of him. He is two films old and to be able to pull off a film like Gunday is amazing. It’s a difficult film and the authenticity with which he has made it – the screenplay, the direction! I would say it is hugely credited to him. There are very few filmmakers in this business who have a vision like Ali.

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