Courtesy : Priyanka Chopra
Our beloved Desi Girl, Priyanka Chopra, has made India proud as she is now a Global Star. After casting her magic in Bollywood with her impressive performances, she has now went on to conquer Hollywood as well.
She paved her way into the West with songs such as Exotic and In My City, and later went on to star in films such as Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic? She also starred in the American thriller show, Quantico.
However, it was no cakewalk for Priyanka as she faced obstacles in the way of her Hollywood career. She reveals that she had to figure it out all by herself and had to introduce herself, but also at the same time, she maintained her ground about the kind of films and roles she wanted to play.
When I went to America, there wasn’t a precedence. I didn’t have a road map to follow because there was no one who had done it before. I had to figure it out, walk into rooms, introduce myself, say ‘I am an Indian actor, my name is Priyanka Chopra, these are the kind of films I want to do’. I demanded to play leading ladies, instead of having parts which were the stereotype of what a Bollywood actor would usually get. Those also came to me, but I was very clear about what I wanted to do.- Priyanka told Hindustan Times
PeeCee continues to talk about how Bollywood has now reduced to a genre on streaming platforms. “I dug my feet in, persevered and did what I needed to do. I am so glad, and hope through me… it’s my life’s dream that Indian cinema becomes global. We are one of the biggest movie industries in the world, and we have been reduced to a genre? If you look at streaming services, you will see ‘horror’ ‘comedy’ ‘drama’ ‘Bollywood’. Bollywood is not a genre, it’s an entire industry!” the actress adds.
The Sky is Pink actor also reveals her life dream and says, “It’s my life’s dream to see Indian cinema and artists take over the West.”
Besides Priyanka, Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Ali Fazal, and Radhika Apte have been paving their way into Hollywood.
It’s better. Somewhere, people don’t see Bollywood with the lens that they saw with when I started working in America. I got a lot of ‘so you must be dancing well?’ and I used to be like ‘Ya, I can sing, dance and act, I am a triple threat!’ So you stop people in tracks and say ‘I am not just one thing’.. It took a lot of work, I am so glad. I hope beyond what we are seeing, I want to see Indian actors in mainstream global entertainers. That’s what I have done with Quantico, Baywatch and the movies The White Tiger and We Can Be Heroes. That’s where we need to see more Indian talent.- Priyanka Chopra
On the work front, Priyanka has her calendars full of projects like the adaptation of the novel The White Tiger alongside Rajkummar Rao, and We Can Be Heroes.