I know what my limit is: Priyanka

Priyanka ChopraBeauty queen and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra is one of the busiest stars today. The spectacular success of Andaaz has left her flooded with offers and she has several films lined up for release this year.
What kind of feedback have you got for...
...Mujhse Shaadi Karogi?

It feels great to hear the critics' and industry's viewpoint on the film. There's a sense of contentment to know that they have liked what they saw. I'm confident the audiences will also like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.

This is your first attempt at comedy. How easy or difficult was it?

Though Mujhse Shaadi Karogi is a comedy, it is more of situational comedy. Everybody around me is doing something comic, but not I. I play a sweet, innocent girl who doesn't understand what's going on. So to that extent, I really didn't face too much difficulty in the film.

Both Akshay and Salman, your co-stars in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, are known for their sense of humour. Did they play pranks on you?

They were always playing pranks on the sets. In fact we bonded together like buddies and both Akshay and Salman behaved as if they were boys straight out of college! I think the film benefited a lot from their off-screen chemistry. It's amazing the way they have raised the standards in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.

Both Salman and Akshay woo you for marriage in this film. Who do you finally choose?

Sorry, I can't tell you that for it would ruin the film. You will have to go to the theatre to find out for yourself. Anyways, it was great working with both my co-stars in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.

There have been persistent rumours linking you to Akshay romantically. How do you react to that?

There's nothing between us. We are good friends because we've worked together and share a good rapport. That's all there is to it.

What other films do you have in the pipeline this year?

After Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, there'll be Abbas Mustan's Aetraaz, Vipul Shah's Waqt - A Race Against Time, Vikram Bhatt's Yakeen and finally Barsaat. I will be seen in at least five films this year.

What do you think about model-actress Preeti Jain's rape charges against Madhur Bhandarkar?

The film industry almost acts like a public forum for job opportunities and therefore it is more highlighted in this context. That is one reason why it gets more hyped due to media glare on the film industry. But I feel the risk of exploitation is inherent in every vocation - be it the private or public sector.

Have you personally encountered the so-called 'casting couch' in Bollywood? How would you handle such a situation?

God forbid that I have to ever undergo such an experience. But I've heard a lot about it and that has created a sense of fear in my mind. I am fiercely independent. I know exactly what my limits are and I won't go beyond them.

What precautions do you take while dealing with producers or directors?

My mother has accompanied me everywhere since I entered the film industry at the age of 18. My parents were extremely protective then, and they still are. But let me add that everyone has been sweet and nice to me in Bollywood and I am really grateful for that.

There are always two sides to the coin I believe - while some are willing to stage cheap publicity stunts, others are ok being exploited. At the end of the day, I feel the truth will emerge, no matter what.