Priyanka Chopra has made a name for herself not just in Hindi cinema but in the West as well. The actress, who is currently juggling work between India and Hollywood, is currently the talk of the nation due to her rumoured romance with Hollywood pop sensation Nick Jonas. Meanwhile, Priyanka is in the news for the book written on her life by author Bharathi S Pradhan.
‘Priyanka Chopra: The Dark Horse’, written by Bharathi S Pradhan, chronicles the life story of the actress who went from being an unknown girl from Bareilly to putting India on the global entertainment map. In the latest excerpts released online, Hrithik Roshan reveals certain aspects about Priyanka Chopra that he learned during the filming of Krrish. As released by NDTV, Hrithik is quoted as saying, “I have never known her to seek validation or recognition for how hard she works. Priyanka always came across as a fun person, always cheerful. And amazingly spontaneous as an actor. Painfully hard working, without being pretentious about it. She, I assume, was taught by her parents to never allow herself to be seen as needy or dependent or weak. This quality of hers struck me as something out of the ordinary for a girl, hell, even for a guy those days.”
“I remember shooting in the hills of Manali, this was way back in 2005 for Krrish. It was extremely cold and the air was lacking sufficient oxygen. Some crew members had even fainted. Suddenly we saw Priyanka go limp. She was about to fall but a few people standing close by rushed to lift her up and carry her back to the warmth and comfort of the hotel room. I rushed to make sure she was safe and taken care of but to my surprise, what I saw was an indignant Priyanka, half-conscious but unmistakably furious at being seen as someone who needed help! Even as her body, still limp, showed no signs of co-ordination, she continued shouting at the lifters to put her down. They did that, eventually. It clearly reflected a deep desire in her to always be seen as strong, independent and self-reliant. It was admirable and I was impressed.”
Hrithik Roshan further talked about he had watched a few clips of Priyanka Chopra’s work in Aitraaz and they knew that they had found their lead actress for Krrish. “When we saw Aitraaz, we were relieved because we found a fresh face which wasn’t one bit afraid of the camera,” said Hrithik. “She was confident and in Aitraaz we saw an actor who could project both sides of the human psyche – goodness and humility plus cunning and vindictiveness – which was rare,” he added.
Hrithik has always commented on her work. In the excerpt, he says, “I often compliment Priyanka on her ability to almost mutate into the perfect person to fit any situation, person or environment. Almost like a chameleon. Only in her case, the transformation is of the intellect and is driven by a generous heart to make people around her comfortable. She could just as easily dumb herself down as she could intimidate, depending on the person or situation.”
Hrithik also initially wondered whether her traits her genuine or just for the camera. Priyanka Chopra and Hrithik Roshan have earlier worked together in Agneepath and Krrish. “One trait of hers that always stood out was how caring she was of her staff or crew members on set or of her co-actors. She seemed to go so out of her way that sometimes I couldn’t help but suspect whether the intention was really genuine or motivated by the preservation of her image. But so consistent was she in her caring that I had to concede it was simply her character. She genuinely cares, “he said.
“She has been unmistakably primed from her childhood to be where she is today.” He reviewed her success before cautioning, “Learning from my own experience of worldly success and how little it serves towards genuine happiness, I truly hope and wish Priyanka is putting in as much power and drive towards her own inner fulfillment too. I think she is and I am very happy for her, “he thoughtfully added.
‘Priyanka Chopra: The Dark Horse’ will be released on June 11.