Priyanka Chopra is indeed smiling as 2008 comes to a close. The going was just not right with four major flops in a row – LOVE STORY 2050, GOD TUSSI GREAT HO, CHAMKU and DRONA.
Add to that box office flops like SALAAM E ISHQ and BIG BROTHER that were carried forward from 2007 and she was certainly seen looking for Lucky Number 7!
Well, number 7 did come at the right time and so did number 8, what with both FASHION and DOSTANA turning out to be box office winners.
While FASHION completely revolved around her character and saw her making an appearance in each and every frame of the film, DOSTANA saw Priyanka managing to make much more than just her presence felt even as the entire PR machinery of the film went ballistic painting the town red about the romance between Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham – on screen, of course.
With some sabbatical round the corner and her next release KAMINAY not arriving before March 2009, is she looking at spacing her movies more carefully?
Also, is she now wary of signing multiple projects in one go and instead taking it a little slow, especially after FASHION and DOSTANA bringing her into the top league once again?
“Hey, but I was never signing films in a heap”, defends Priyanka who has only one more film confirmed to arrive in 2009 – WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE? – which sees her opposite Harman Baweja in an Ashutosh Gowariker directed film, “I have always believed in doing three films in a year and the last couple of years have been no exceptions.”
But she did see as many as six films arriving in 2008, right?
Says Priyanka with a shrug, “And no one sees that my first release of 2008, LOVE STORY 2050, came one and a half year after SALAAM E ISHQ which had released in January 2007. People are willing to ignore this gap but are just mentioning about six releases in a row. Well, even that could have avoided because some films got delayed. Otherwise there would have been good gap between the releases.”
“I can’t help if post production of certain films takes time. LOVE STORY 2050 especially got delayed due to all the SFX that were being incorporated. There is a maximum that an actor can do and at my end I ensure that I do only one film at a time”, smiles Priyanka as she finally gets to relax after an eventful 2008.
One hears that her Miami stint for DOSTANA was eventful too, both on and off the sets.
“Yup, Miami was great and that was not just because of the people I was working with.
Of course they were all fun since I got along well not just with the cast but also the film’s crew but what made my stay even more entertaining was due to the fact that relatives from my mom’s side live in Miami. My ‘maasi’, cousins and other friends were all around and I could be what I am in real life while being at their place.
I could afford to play around in the house, lie down on a couch and relax, watch movies, even sleep away. All of that made it worth an extended trip that I enjoyed”, signs off Priyanka.