Sparkling Act

Sparkling Act

After her recent jewellery ad,Priyanka Bose looks forward to more meaningful roles.

Ever since the ad for Tanishq featuring her as a dusky-bride-cum-doting-mother went on air in October,Priyanka Bose has been basking in the attention she’s been getting.“I don’t have a conventional pretty face. But an ad such as this seemed right because it is all about breaking the stereotype,” she says.

Bose,who grew up in Delhi,graduated in Sociology from Maitreyi College. There’s more to Bose than just modelling. The daughter of an engineer father and teacher mother,she started out as a choreographer in Ashley Lobo’s troupe in Delhi before turning to films,theatre and the occasional modelling assignment. Her film career began with a cameo in Onir’s 2008 film,Sorry Bhai. Post this,she worked in films such as Johnny Gaddar,and Love Sex aur Dhokha. Debutant director Soumik Sen’s Gulaab Gang is one of her upcoming releases. “In the film,I play a tribal woman and gang member Sandhya,who is under confident but proficient in martial arts.”

Another project Bose is proud to be a part of is the play Nirbhaya,written and directed by South African playwright Yael Farber. Based on the 2012 Delhi gangrape,the play premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August this year,where it won the Herald Angel Award.

“Acting in this play was cathartic because apart from enacting Nirbhaya’s story,we have featured a series of monologues by five different characters,who have been through similar circumstances,” says Bose. Their next step is to bring the play

to India.


This play is not her only ticket to international fame. Her portrayal of the lead character in Gangor (2010),which deals with the exploitation of tribal women in Purulia,has already won her acclaim in the festival circuit.

She is also acting in an international film called Sold,which revolves around sexual slavery in India. “Starring Gillian Anderson of X-Files’ fame,and David Arquette,the film is an adaptation of Patricia McCormick’s book by the same name and has been produced by Emma Thompson. My plan is to take up roles that are meaningful enough to stimulate me and send out a message to the audience too,” says Bose,who plays a prostitute in Sold.