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ALL SET: Priyanka Chopra

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 10, 2009)


Life has come a full circle for former Miss World Priyanka Chopra. On December 12, nine years after she picked up her own crown, PC will be on the beauty pageant podium in Johannesburg as a judge for the final round of this year’s Miss World contest. “When Julia Morley, who is in charge of the beauty pageant, invited me to be a judge, I was ecstatic. There I was a teenager all those years ago, nervous as a help on the same platform. Now I’m going in a totally different capacity,” said Priyanka. The actress is happy she could work her busy shooting schedules around to accommodate this contest, which she considers a very prestigious one.


Back home, too, Priyanka is in a very happy place. Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and she are the top three Bollywood beauties who wield a certain power over the box office. Naturally, the best projects are divided between them. “This was a good year,” said the actress, “and hopefully 2010 will be as good if not better.”


She happily starts the year with Pyaar Impossible in January while also shooting with hotshot Ranbir Kapoor for Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani and with Bollywood supremo Shah Rukh Khan for Farhan Akhtar’s Don-2. “Besides these films, I’m scheduled to do a film with my Kaminey director Vishal Bharadwaj,” said the dusky beauty.


The low point of 2009 was when she cried herself to sleep after Ashutosh Gowarikar’s What’s Your Rashee came unstuck at the box office. “When you put blood, sweat and tears into a project and it doesn’t fetch you the kind of box office you hoped for, it hurts,” Priyanka admitted. But she did not rise to the bait when asked what she feels about co-star and ‘ex’ Harman Baweja making his feelings public for her long after they had split. Guess when things are looking up for her the way they are right now, she has every reason to be gracious.

OVER WORKED? Priyanka Chopra. For more pictures of the actress, log on to shttp://photogallery.indiatimes.com
Priyanka Chopra’s overworking herself to a point of no return

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; August 26, 2009)

There are czarinas and actresses. And then, there is Priyanka Chopra, a perfect blend of both. PC, who has been inundated with compliments for her performance in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey, is completely overwhelmed with bouquets. However, somewhere deep down, she is also a little worried. The good news is that she is on a hat-trick. For Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion she walked away with every award in the book, for Karan Johar’s Dostana she got compliments galore, and now for Kaminey — the praise is still pouring in. “I’m over-awed, I can’t tell you how great it feels,’’ says the natural-born actress. She says she worked really hard for the part of the feisty, uninhibited middle-class Maharashtrian girl, Sweety in Kaminey. “While the hard work paid dividends it also took from me a lot of blood sweat tears and more,’’ she sighs. She is glad that she walked the path less travelled in her movies — Fashion was women-centric; Dostana was a light-hearted mainstream take on homosexuality; Kaminey got critical acclaim for being refreshingly different. “In other words, the cinema I have done in recent times has been liberating, it has broken barriers.’’

And, while she is killing herself over reactions to her next film What’s Your Rashee? — where she essays 12 diversely unique parts, she is seriously worried about the impact of it all on her health.

“I have said this earlier,’’ says the actress, “it’s the same OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) at work. I’ve been warned by my parents (both doctors) and well-wishers not to let work take its toll on me. And, though I wish to pay heed to their advice, I can’t stop myself from getting excessively involved with the work I take on. Honestly, I drive myself to a point of no return when it comes to any part that I undertake in a film. I’m just so involved that it starts to hurt. And I don’t realise I’m bleeding till such time as I’m on a set because I don’t stop to look.’’

The actress has forcibly been ordered a hiatus from the studios by her parents. And, when she returns, she hopes to once again start promoting her WYR? and Pyaar Impossible with gusto.

With some girls — there is absolutely no such thing as a ‘take-it-easy-policy.’ Hai na, PC?
Salman Khan will truly connect with the junta by taking a local train. The last time he travelled by one was 20 years ago!
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 25, 2009)

Trust Salman Khan to do weird things. After travelling in cycles, bikes and auto rickshaws, Salman has now made up his mind to travel in a train. Salman wants to experience the sweat, the grime and the crush of the crowded local to see how the ‘middle class’ gets around everyday. And he is going to travel unaccompanied by bodyguards to clear the way for him.

We wonder if the stark reality of train travel has dawned on the brave Bandra boy, and he better watch out for his wallet!

He has decided that today afternoon, he will travel to an unknown destination from Bandra. Our source said, “Salmanbhai plays a character in his forthcoming film Wanted, where the mode for travel for him is a local train. He had lot of fun while shooting for Wanted in a train. So, he has been saying that he wanted to travel in a local and experience what a normal middle class person goes through everyday. Salman will travel in the afternoon and is not taking any security with him. A lot of people advised him to take security with him as it can be chaotic, but he is against the idea. He will be going post lunch and he is very excited. He has not travelled in a train for over 20 years now.”

Salman says, “My character, Radhe, in the film has used the local train as the mode of transport. In the film, I have not travelled by cars or rickshaws. So I decided to relive Radhe for a day in real life, thereby transporting Radhe from reel to real.”

It will be interesting to find out if he even manages to wrestle his way into a compartment. The junta can be quite vicious while boarding. If he’s lucky, he might even join in the bhajan singing crowd or charm them into singing his hits instead!


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