Priyanka, many successful actors from India have not had any great desire to go global. Yes we do have an Anil Kapoor doing 24 in the US and a Kabir Bedi doing a Sandokan in Italy, but they weren’t crazy busy in their own country at the time. You have been quoted saying, ‘I know that sounds absolutely crazy, but I’m going to make it work. I can’t and won’t let either one go, even if it kills me.’ Why this passion to break the cultural glass ceiling?
“My passion is to push the boundaries of my creativity and talent. At the heart of it all, I am an entertainer and that’s what I love to do... entertain people, irrespective of the geography or the medium. That is what drives me! My career graph is filled with moves that were often deemed as professional suicide by one and all… but somehow those big risks have worked for me. I love to be challenged and I love to offer my audience something new as often as I can, so moves such as Quantico stem from that.” I think that there are many people who are more talented and better for the job than me, but I’m grateful to have had the right opportunities internationally. I hope that I can break the cultural glass ceiling for Indian talent to get the opportunities that I believe we deserve. I work very hard to ensure there is a balance between Hindi movies and everything else I do because for me, Hindi movies were never just a stepping stone, but more like my heart and soul.”
How are the work cultures different in the two countries? What does one NOT get away with there? What do you like about the work culture here... and miss over there?
“There are differences yes… but in my experience there are more similarities. I never look for those differences… I just immerse myself in the process and learn as much as I can from it. I’ve said this often enough in the recent past… the great thing about content and the process of creation in the entertainment business is that it’s a great binder. It brings people from across the world together, often erasing the lines between geographies, languages, familiarity and the like.”
Multi-faceted and very versatile, Priyanka radiates vintage Hollywood glamour in a sheer embellished gown with laser cut and tassel detailing by Monisha Jaising. She pairs her high-slit gown with palm-cuffs set with coffee and round diamonds, marquise, drop diamonds, princess-cut diamonds and round diamond earrings worn here as a hair pin, and full finger ring, all set in 18K gold and set with round diamonds, from Anmol Jewellers.
How did you psyche yourself – mentally and physically – to play the toughie FBI trainee agent you do in Quantico?
“I’ve had the fortune of essaying the role of multiple, strong, tough women. Roles in films like Don, Mary Kom, Gangaajal 2 and even Saat Khoon Maaf have given me the mental and physical experience of tackling a character and storyline such as the one in Quantico. In fact, for Mary Kom, I had to undergo serious training in order for me to look and act like a champion boxer. The physicality and the mental toughness that role required really helped me with Quantico. So it wasn’t a new process for me… I just had to harness all that experience from the films for this role.”
There is a very in-your-face sexual encounter in the launch trailer... did depicting such a woman – given your cultural heritage – feel a bit schizoid? Was it easy to get into your character’s skin?
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