Globetrotter Priyanka Chopra has made a name for herself in Hindi films and internationally. She moved to America for music and found new fame with her series Quantico where she became the first South Asian actress to lead an international show. Moving on, she has been a part of several Hollywood movies since then. His film The white tiger, co-produced, was nominated for the 2021 Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay. But the journey that took seven to eight years was not easy for her.
The actress recently released Kabir Bedi’s autobiography, Stories I Must Tell: The Emotional Life Of An Actor. She also recently became the author of an unfinished book where she has discussed her life in the limelight for the past 20 years. Talk to Bollywood Hungama, the actress said she must be “ethnically ambiguous” in America. “Even though I didn’t have to change my name, but I had to teach people to say my name, if you can say Oprah, you can say, Chopra,” she said. “I had to be ethnically ambiguous with a certain as far as being able to get traditional roles. Even Quantico, by the way, I played half Indian, half American. I couldn’t go out being Indian. because it was too foreign for Hollywood.
The actress further spoke about how important it is for her to do meaningful work and how to recognize her roots. “When I came here [America], I wanted to do mainstream work. I had enjoyed being a mainstream actress in India. I know what I bring to the table when I join a movie and I know my trade. I didn’t want to be a stereotype or a sidekick in the big movies. I wanted my face on a poster and it was such a struggle when I started looking for work in America. That’s what I’m talking about six or seven years ago. People did not understand this concept very broadly. These films have always ended up becoming niche or independent films. They have never been like “mainstream” films. When I started working in America, I unfortunately had to let go of my Indian-ness for the globe to somehow understand “Okay, there’s this person who’s an artist”, so this isn’t wasn’t too alien, ”she says.
Priyanka Chopra further stated that she is now using her platform to educate the West about the Indian film industry. “But, once I got the attention, I went back to educating people and that is my biggest pursuit. It’s my really big quest is to educate the world about the industry of which we come, the fact that Indians have the ability to be side by side with anyone or any ethnicity within any sector. For us, to have courage, demand the change we need instead of being invisible like we’re usually taught not to create trouble. I’m not that person. I encourage people to come out and show what we’re capable of. The White Tiger was a great example of that. I’m continuing this with a very talented collaboration, bringing and producing work in Hollywood that will be directed and written by Indian talent. It’s just my quest now, “she says.
In terms of work, Priyanka Chopra is currently filming for the Amazon Prime Video series Citadel with Richard Madden. The show is created by Russo Brothers. She will be the next star in Text for you and The matrix 4.
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