Bollywood babe Priyanka Chopra who’s been creating a stir says that
she still has a long way to go in her career
TIME FLIES: Oh my Gosh! I can’t
believe it. It’s been five years since I came to this city for the
Femina Miss India contest. I was 17 when I came. I’m now 22 andI’ve
been doing films for two years now. By God’s grace my films have
GLAMOUR FIELD NOT PLANNED: I was aiming for an engineering
degree in Australia. I was on another tangent altogether. I never thought
of acting. I have never, ever in my life planned anything.
THE BEGINNING: Even the Miss India contest was not planned. I
was tudying for my Board exams. My brother, along with my mother, sent
in my pictures on the quiet. I got a call from Femina and they told me
to come down for the preliminary rounds.
THE CHANGE BEGINS: I won the contest in January 2000,
which I never expected. I had never modelled in my life. Basically, from
High School I went directly to Miss India. It was quite strange for me.
I was only 17. I did not know what was happening.
BOLLYWOOD CALLING: After I won the Miss World title, filmmakers
approached me, but I did not want to sign anything because of my commitments.
After my reign ended, things just happened, one by one.
ACTING CLASSES: I have not been to any acting classes,
which is why I’m so grateful that it has worked out. I think I’m
a director’s actress. I don’t know how to act. My first two
directors worked hard on me. I owe them a lot for shaping me.
DOCTOR DOCTOR: In fact, I tell my Mum that it was because of
her that I have become an actor. If she had not sent my pics I would not
have been an actress. My parents, both of whom are doctors, are very happy
with whatever I do as long as I am happy. They have never made me feel
they are not happy with what I do.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: I believe we become better people
when bad things happen to us. Both, the good and bad have happened to
me. But I think a balance has been maintained and that’s totally
because of my family. I’ve never been a flamboyant person. I’m
not the one you’ll see at parties. I’m very into my work and
this is what has taken me through all the bad times that I have gone through.
HELLO MUMBAI: My parents moved to Mumbai with me. I have
always lived with my parents. They had a hospital in Bareily and I owe
them a lot for leaving that and coming here to help me look for what I
wanted to do. That’s one of the biggest sacrifices my parents have
made, but but they never let me feel that they did something for me.
MAMA’S GIRL: I’m kiddish in many ways. I
can’t travel alone. I cannot be on a flight without my mom. I can’t
be in a hotel room all by myself. I can’t even be in a strange city
by myself. I need my mom all the time. I still have to take permission
from my parents before going anywhere.
LONG WAY TO GO: I’m seven films old. I still think
I have a lot to learn and a lot to do. I don’t think I have made
a mark. I want people to know me as an actress. I want people to know
that she can do any role. I hate this stupid sexy, seductress, sizzling
tag that I have. I mean sizzle as an actor is great but for people to
think that you can only look sexy and not be an actress is very annoying.
I would want to be known as somebody who is good in performing rather
than somebody who just looks good.
NEGATIVE SHADES: Negative shades are
damn difficult to do. I have done one, I don’t know if I’d
be able to do another one for a very long time. I prefer doing drama.
Romantic films are an absolute favourite of mine. I love watching comedy
as well. They say nau ras hote hai acting ke. I want to be able
to try all of them and maybe be good at them.