I am getting meaty roles: Priyanka Chopra


<a href='//www.bollywoodmantra.com/celebrity/priyanka-chopra/' title='Priyanka Chopra' class='article_display_tag' data-id='priyanka-chopra' id='article_tag_data_priyanka-chopra' style='display: inline-block;'><strong>Priyanka Chopra</strong></a>Priyanka Chopra has sought to clear the air over her role in Rohan Sippy's Bluff Master, saying she was unaware Aishwarya Rai had been offered the part.
Priyanka also said that she tried to speak to Aishwarya because she did not want the latter to feel she was trying to snatch her role.
"I had no idea about Aishwarya... Once I got to know Aishwarya was a candidate, I tried to contact her to clear the air... I'd never do something underhand like stealing her role," Priyanka said.
"She's a senior and a fantastic actress. I respect her a lot."
Priyanka disagreed that her latest release Yakeen was a disaster. "It was a terrific thriller with twists and turns to the end. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have faith in it."

On the contrary, Yakeen had proved that women could get meaty roles in a male-dominated industry, she said.

"People realise that women can be actors and not decorative dolls. I'm getting a lot of films with a great deal of scope to perform and I'm grateful for that."

Excerpts from the interview:

Is it true you've overnight replaced Aishwarya in Rohan Sippy's new film?Overnight? Such things don't work like that. I was offered the role opposite Abhishek. Since I had the free time because of Hrithik's accident and since I had never worked with Abhishek before, I jumped at the idea. They first spoke to me because of my free dates after the cancellation of Krissh. Then they narrated the film to me. And that's it.

"I had no idea about Aishwarya. When I get a role, I look at its intrinsic worth, not who might've done it. Once I got to know Aishwarya was a candidate, I tried to contact her to clear the air. She's a senior and a fantastic actress. I respect her a lot. I'd never do something underhand like stealing her role. Because I wouldn't like anyone do that to me. I didn't think there was anything unprofessional about doing Rohan's film.

Your new release Yakeen was a disaster.
Why do you say that? It was a terrific thriller with twists and turns to the end. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have faith in it. I do whatever I sign with honesty. Whether a film does well or not is never in my hands. I go to my films without box-office expectations. Yakeen has a lot of scope for performance.
Actually, this trend of meaty roles started with Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, my first solo hit and definitely a turning point. Aitraaz proved I can act. Now, I've a reputation to live up to. Incidentally I'm back with Salman Khan in Rumi Jaffrey's comedy. The script is funny. And I love the way it's being shot...
And now I have (Rohan Sippy's) Bluff Master. I again get to play someone different what I've done so far.

Do you have a tough time getting meaty roles in this male-centric industry?
Not that tough any longer. People realise that women can be actors and not decorative dolls. I'm getting a lot of films with a great deal of scope to perform, and I'm grateful for that. In a film like (Farhan Akhtar's) Don which has Shah Rukh Khan in the lead I'm also a part of the main action.

Will you follow Zeenat Aman's performance in the original Don?
We're trying to make our own Don but keeping in mind the original plot. Don is starting in February. I definitely want to portray my character Roma differently from the way Zeenatji has done. She's a toughie with revenge on her mind.
I'm really excited about working with Shah Rukh... and of course Hrithik in Krissh. Working with him has made me more focused as an actor, and it's helping me with my other performances. Hrithik believes in giving his all to every shot.

Do you have as much to do in Krissh as Preity Zinta had in Koi...Mil Gaya?
Oh yes! In fact, a lot more! My character is integral to the plot. You wouldn't expect that in a film that has the father and son as director and leading man. I'm lucky to be in it. Again, though (Suneel Darshan's) Barsaat has another leading lady Bipasha Basu, I still have a lot to do.

You did fairly unbecoming things in Suneel Darshan's Andaaz?
I don't do any of those unbecoming things in Barsaat, and I've a much bigger role. I guess I've grown wiser. I refuse to be undignified in my private and public conduct. But let me tell you while I was doing Andaaz, I never realised it was anything vulgar. After I saw the film, I knew I had to take a stand about what to do and not do.

You've worked with Kareena in Aitraaz and Bipasha in Barsaat, who fought in Ajnabee.
I don't understand why. They're both such nice people. And I had a great time working with both. Kareena and I got along very well during Aitraaz. And now, during Barsaat, I found Bipasha very, very sweet. She's very real, and I like that.

What happened to (J.P. Dutta's) Umrao Jaan?
A: I'm not doing that any longer. I was definitely looking forward to doing Umrao Jaan. It's a character I always wanted to play. But I couldn't give JP saab the number of dates that he wanted. He wanted 90 dates at a stretch this year.
I believe Aishwarya Rai is doing Umrao Jaan. She'd make a really good Umrao. I'm happy she's coming together with JP saab. Destiny has strange ways. I'd definitely like to work with JP saab in the near future... On the brighter side, I'm doing a period film for Pritish Nandy Communications where I play an immortal character.

Isn't it premature for you to be going into the classics?
When I did Aitraaz, people said it was too early for me to tackle something so complex. But that's what I do. I take up challenges and then I try to deliver. It's just two years into my career. But I feel I've been around much longer.

Courtesy: IANS