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MULTIPLE FACES: Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra set to enter book of world records for playing 12 roles in her next film

AAKANKSHA NAVAL-SHETYE Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; September 2, 2009)

Hard work does pay. Ask Priyanka Chopra, who is all set to enter the
Guinness Book of World Records for playing the highest number of characters in one film. A feat that the actress has accomplished with her 12 avatars in Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming film What’s Your Raashee?

The producer has sent the actresses’ name to be officially entered in the Guinness. “If this does happen, it will be phenomenal,” said Priyanka excitedly. “I’m overjoyed and honoured to be a part of this record-breaking film.”

Producer Sunita Gowariker, who’s equally elated, revealed, “Priyanka has not only played 12 different roles, but breathed life into 12 distinct characters without the aide of any
prosthetics. Few people realise how difficult a challenge it is. This we gauged when we spoke to the Guinness officials. No actor has ever played so many different roles in cinema of any language. So it truly is a world record.”
The versatile Kamal Hassan played 10 roles in Dashavataram. He beat Sanjeev Kumar and Sivaji Ganeshan by one role as the two had done nine roles for Naya Din Nayi Raat and Navarathiri respectively. Internationally, too, not many actors have come close to achieving this. Eddie Murphy played seven characters in The Nutty Professor, and he only upped it to eight in the sequel. Eric Idle is credited with having played seven in Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975), while Alec Guinness played eight in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).

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TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; August 17, 2009)


Reaching out to a global audience with critically acclaimed box office hits, seems to be UTV Motion Pictures’ strategy. And how does Ronnie Screwvala’s production house do this? By making its presence felt at the most prestigious film festivals in the world, from Italy to Shanghai and New York to Moscow. Also Venice, where Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6 and Anurag Kashyap’s Dev. D will be screened at the 66th Venice International Film Festival next month in the ‘Out Of Competition’ section; and Toronto, where Ashutosh Gowariker’s forthcoming What’s Your Raashee? will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 19. The romantic comedy’s stars, Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, will attend this show along with producers Ronnie and Sunita A and Gowariker himself.


Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures, said, “It is indisputably
acknowledged as the artistic pinnacle for a film to be screened at Venice and Toronto — two of the most acclaimed film festivals. Receiving a platform there for three of our films is a rare honour.” Gowariker added, “We are very fortunate What’s Your Raashee? will be premiered at Toronto where, I believe, 64 countries are showcasing films before an audience of 300,000. I’m looking forward to getting the first international reactions to my romantic comedy with 13 songs!” While Rakeysh said of Delhi 6, “The new version of the film has done the trick. Being invited for screening at Venice is the first sign towards the acceptance of this version. The organisers are interested in screening it more than just once, which is very encouraging.”


New markets for UTV include Taiwan and Italy, where its films Jodhaa Akbar, A
Wednesday! Welcome to Sajjanpur, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Mumbai Meri Jaan have proudly been doing the rounds of the festival circuit. Welcome to Sajjanpur, in particular, was screened at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, and will next be shown at the Indo-American Arts Council’s MIAAC Film Festival in New York, the Fukuoka International Film Festival in Japan and the Indian Ocean Film Festival at Reunion Islands. While A Wednesday! was selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Competition section for the ‘Asian New Talent Award’ and for the Bollywood & Beyond Indian Film Festival in Stuttgart, along with Mumbai Meri Jaan.


Two UTV films of 2008 that have proved to be big

draws internationally are Fashion and Jodhaa Akbar. Fashion, for which Priyanka Chopra swept many awards, was screened at the Moscow International Film Festival and the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFFF) in South Korea; it has also been invited to the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan this October. While Jodhaa Akbar made the Barcelona Asia Film Festival in Spain as part of the Official selection and the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Panorama section. The Hrithik-Aishwarya starrer has also been invited to the Helsinki International Film Festival in September. And along with A Wednesday! and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, it was screened as part of a special exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Naseeruddin Shah and Abhay Deol introducing their respective films. Kashyap, the director of Dev. D, said, “UTV is making films that have real international potential in terms of content and not just face value. Their films are changing the world’s perception of Indian cinema.”

Cast: HARMAN BAWEJA, PRIYANKA CHOPRA

Producer: RONNIE SCREWVALA, SUNITA GOWARIKER

Director: ASHUTOSH GOWARIKER

Source: BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM