Actors are often reduced to mere entertainers who light up your TV screens and make you forget about your small worries for a while. Their success is often gauged by the brands they endorse, magazine covers they appear on and parties they attend. Their hour-long hard work behind looking glamourous is easily passed off as superficial.
What is lost in the glitter and glamour surrounding them, however, is sheer hard work and a fierce ambition to reach the top at any cost.
Priyanka Chopra stands out amongst the current crop of actors. The one thing that differentiates her from others is her evolution over the years. She just denied being bogged down by a film industry where the shelf life of an actress is just as long as the season.
At 34, Priyanka presents a contrasting picture when compared to her contemporaries. If you listen to her during any interview, you will not find her whining about the lack of substantial roles for Hindi film actresses. Instead, you will see a mind bubbling with ideas, plans and dreams for a future.
“Physically I am tired. I live on coffee. But if I don’t do it now when will I do it? My mother tells me that you have to work really hard when you are young because later on, you will get enough time to sleep,” the actor said during an interview.
The actor just joined LinkedIn as an influencer. During a chat with LinkedIn news editor Priyanka said, “I have always had a business mind. I find business extremely fascinating. My reason for creating Purple Pebble Pictures was that I wanted to create a small production house. I have done a Bhojpuri film, I have a Marathi film. Am also doing Punjabi and English films. My production company is not going to be limited only in India. But, that’s a long-term plan.”
Her philosophy is encapsulated in these lines that she wrote for the website, “This is not some find yourself, inner peace, control your destiny utopian concept… it’s a ‘cut the BS, get real and get down to business’ talk with yourself so you prepare for the journey ahead.”
The problem with this generation is the availability of so many options. We have never been as free as we are today. This often leads to an identity crisis. But not for Priyanka. The actor has never believed in creating one.
She has been hopping from one role to another as quickly as a play of light and shadow. From being a naive 17-year old beaming with confidence to becoming the first South Asian woman to headline an American show, Priyanka has come a long way. Rather than being confused by a plethora of options, the actor has used them to her own advantage.
“At some point in your career (you will know when), you will have to leap into the unknown… you have to try in order to achieve. You might have to do it a couple of times,” the actor wrote.
Her journey in some way parallels that of a young India opening up to globalisation and embracing new opportunities.
During a recent interview on Beneath The Surface when Anupama Chopra points out at one article hanging on the wall in Priyanka’s make up room in New York, the actor said, ” I completely adhere to it.” This is what was written on that article- I meant to behave but there were too many other options.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 7, 2016
“I am professional. It’s only because all the stuff that I have to do is what I need to do. I don’t have time for unnecessary work between two continents. I work seven days a week,” said Priyanka during this interview.
It’s not as if Priyanka have not had her own share of vulnerabilities and feeling of isolation. During an interview, Priyanka has said,” I still feel like an outsider in the film industry. I was replaced in many films just because someone recommended his girlfriend for the film.”
A casual glance at Priyanka’s journey seems like an adventure ride. There are no fixed patterns. Her career choices are as erratic as ever. But what has remained constant is immense self-belief and fearless determination to plunge into an unknown territory. Her sky of ambition is only getting wider.