Priyanka Chopra Jonas - The World Is My Oyster
Filmfare|February 2021
Priyanka Chopra Jonas tells Anuradha Choudhary that life’s nothing but a huge bucket-list
Anuradha Choudhary

The book, which also comes in the audiobook format, recorded in her own voice, gives us a glimpse of Priyanka’s formative years, her winning Miss India and Miss World beauty pageants... the challenges she faced while carving a niche for herself both in India and Hollywood. It’s aptly named Unfinished because when it comes to Priyanka Chopra, there are no full stops indeed.

From juggling an acting career for 20 years, turning producer, starring in a Hollywood drama series, being appointed as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, marrying singer Nick Jonas to making a name for herself in Hollywood, Priyanka surely has come a long, long way. Yes, she has broken all kinds of ceilings without and has shown us how it’s done without breaking sweat. More power to her! If her social media posts are anything to go by, she’s living the good life. Inspiring millions in turn to dream...She has launched a thousand brands, inspired a million dreams. Despite all the accolades, her head is firmly on her shoulders. She remains as amenable as ever... no airs and always ready with a smile to welcome you...

The actress is in the news again. Her movie The White Tiger has just been released on OTT. She may not be driving the movie but she’s driving many conversations about the film... working in the OTT space and her memoir and of course the lockdown and her living in London for a while, shooting new assignments...

We talk about anything and everything under the sun...read on...

HOW WOULD YOU LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR?

With a lot of gratitude. I was blessed to have the comfort of a home, food to eat, surrounded by people who I love and the opportunity to continue to work. We were safe and healthy and that for me was most important. I count my blessings every day.

WHAT HAS THE PANDEMIC TAUGHT YOU?

Basically, being in this quarantine made me realise that some of the stresses we put on ourselves in our normal lives may or may not be important.

It’s good to take a breather, take stock of your life, and tell your loved ones you love them. The one thing that kept me calm was constantly reminding myself how lucky and blessed I am.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE LOCKDOWN?

A lot… given that I wrote most of my memoir Unfinished in that time. But more than anything else, for someone who was always on the go, doing 100 things at one go, I learnt that I could completely slow it down and still be ok. I found things to do, learnt how to pace myself and I think I came out of that experience calmer and more at ease.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE LOCKDOWN FOR YOU?

Getting to spend so much quality time with my husband, which was the biggest highlight because, given our hectic individual schedules, we don’t get such extended time together. Also, writing the book, adopting our new puppy, Panda and just spending time with the family and the doggies.

UNFINISHED WILL HIT THE STANDS SOON, WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WRITE IT?

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