It’s 9.30am and Priyanka Chopra Jonas is doing what any ambitious, focused, and the determined person would do during a pandemic: she is logged on to a Zoom call. “I’m in Berlin filming Matrix 4,” she tells me. “Germany, at this time of year, is beautiful. I didn’t realize how beautiful Berlin is in the fall. I shot a bunch of movies here including Don 2 (2011). I really do love Berlin.”
Chopra Jonas proceeds to paint a picture of what she sees around her—from the falling leaves to the mountainscapes. For those of us listening in, the image conjures up memories of a pre-virus time when we were free to live our best Oktoberfest lives. It also speaks to Chopra Jonas’s ability to be a master storyteller, one of the many things that have made her one of the most bankable multi-hyphenates (actor-producer-author-entrepreneur) in the world.
Her production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, has produced 11 regional, national and global Indian films. Now it is setting its sights on dominating the global stage. The significance of the name evokes a feeling of strength: her mother, Dr. Madhu Chopra, founded the production company to ensure Chopra Jonas was protected from the ageist limitations Bollywood puts on actors.
“I had just turned 30 and my mum said to me, ‘You know what? In the Hindi film industry, your shelf life is going to be over soon, because all the actors that you work with are going to now look for girls in their twenties. So I want to make sure, at the ripe old age of 30, you have a career going forward,’” Chopra Jonas laughs as she recounts the memory.
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