Priyanka Chopra says that she’d rather not mess with “God’s plans for her” and prefers to let her career run its natural course.
With a flourishing career in the West, an equally illustrious career in Bollywood, a Padmashree and a National Award in her kitty, there is no stopping Priyanka Chopra. The 34-year-old actor is currently shooting in New York for her second Hollywood film, A kid like Jake, that also stars Big Bang theory actor, Jim Parsons, and would go on to shoot the third season of her US TV series Quantico after that.
What keeps her going, we ask? “Being an achiever. I don’t want to ever not be an achiever. I have never had a plan. I have never had a trajectory of plans in my life and I don’t sit and make flow charts about my career. I have never had set-targets. They say man proposes, God disposes, so I swear by that. Destiny has been so serendipitous to me. I don’t want to mess up a good thing by making my own plans. I just make choices that I feel are right for me. Sometimes they’re right and sometimes, they’re wrong. I guess what works for me is that I am very driven by nature. If I am given a task, I like to ace it. Even if I have to make the bed, the corners will be perfect. I am that person,” she says.
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While a lot of Bollywood actors chose films to make that big splash, she chose to make her debut in the West with an American television show. But, she says it’s not like she has done anything conventionally in India too.
“I have just enjoyed being able to make my journey in my career. My career hasn’t been a replica of someone else’s. Every step I have tried to take has been different including the choices that I have made with my films. I have always been a little different.”
The actor goes on to emphasise that she has been a pioneer in a manner, where choosing roles and characters is concerned.
“I want to do things first. I don’t like doing things that are done before. But it’s not like I am thinking that now all this has been ticked off my list. I instinctively react to content. If I like a character, I do it. Even if that means I have just eight scenes, like I did in Kaminey (2009). I don’t need to be a title part or do lead roles. I feel that being a part of a great film is very important. I choose characters more than the medium, Priyanka explains.
What about working in television in India? Has she been offered interesting parts? “Unfortunately, I have not been offered Indian TV. Only reality television and frankly, I don’t enjoy that very much”, the Bajirao Mastani actor says.
There are rumours that she has signed her next Bollywood film, a biopic on Indian American astronaut, Kalpana Chawla. She disagrees, “I have met a lot of amazing filmmakers and I have read some incredible scripts. In fact, I have short-listed a few as well that I would like to be a part of. But I am yet to decide about my next project,” the actor whose last project was Baywatch says.
It also looks like an exciting year for her production house as she has a lot of plans in store. “I have produced a web series and I will produce some more. But we have very exciting and small plans because we are still a small production house. We are making three children’s film this year and a SikKimese film and a Bengali film with a new film-maker,” she concludes.