Regional cinema doesn’t get the support it deserves: Priyanka Chopra

Published: November 29, 2016
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Chopra was last seen in 2015’s Bajirao Mastani. PHOTO: FILE

Chopra was last seen in 2015’s Bajirao Mastani. PHOTO: FILE

To say that Priyanka Chopra is on a roll would be an understatement. The Bollywood beauty became the first South Asian woman to bag a lead role in an American television series when she signed up for Quantico and recently bagged her second nomination at the People’s Choice Awards in the US. Last year, Chopra won Favourite Actress in a New TV Series award at the same event.

However, despite her foreign projects, the superstar has not stopped work in India. Apart from acting, Chopra has produced three regional language films so far and plans to do more work to help further different kinds of cinema in India.

“I started with regional cinema because I found some really interesting scripts that I wanted to make. I think regional cinema doesn’t get the support it should. It’s a massive industry,” Bollywood.com quoted Chopra as saying.

The actor went on to reveal her plans of producing films in the more mainstream Hindi film industry as well. “I am a Punjabi. I was born in Bihar and I’ve been living in Maharashtra. I backed a Bhojpuri film, a Punjabi film and a Marathi film because I had found some really amazing scripts,” said Chopra. “But that doesn’t mean I won’t produce films in Hindi or English. I am going to produce projects here in the US as well and I am going to produce films in India too.”

The Bajirao Mastani star has also dabbled with dubbing in various languages for her American TV show. Asked if learning new languages is something that she enjoys, Chopra responded saying, “I’d love to learn a language, whether it is Urdu, French or any other. It’s so much fun! To me, art is not restricted by borders or languages. It can come from anywhere, go anywhere. I just want to be a story-teller.”

Chopra, who is currently shooting for the second season of Quantico, will soon be making her big screen Hollywood debut opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Baywatch.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2016.

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