Priyanka Chopra on Deepika Padukone : We have several friends in common
In Bollywood, female actors generally make news for their catfights and rivalries. But of late, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra seem to have taken a completely different route by bonding like BFFs on several occasions. But Priyanka isn’t amused by the talks about their revelry.
“I bond with all my co-actors, especially the girls. I don’t have any issues with any of them. Deepika is a lovely person and we have known each other for years now, way before she became an actor. The reason is that we have a common circle of friends. So it’s (the news about their bonding) nothing new for us at all,” says Priyanka.
Interestingly, before Deepika bagged Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela, Priyanka’s name was doing the rounds. But such things seem to have no effect on their companionship. A few days ago, the two were seen spending some quality time with Ram Leela actor Ranveer Singh on the sidelines of a awards function.
A few days ago, Deepika had told HT Cafe, “Priyanka and I have always been very cordial and friendly with each other. Since not many have seen us bonding, they generally get surprised about it.” She’d added that the two have also been exchanging birthday wishes every year as well. “Priyanka wished me this year too,” she adds. Interestingly, during the shooting of the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Anjaana Anjaani (2010), Deepika was dating Ranbir and there were rumours of Priyanka getting close to the Kapoor scion.
Priyanka would rather focus on her films (the Zanjeer remake, Gunday, Milan Talkies and the Mary Kom biopic) and her international album. Ask her how she juggles it all and she says, “I am a superwoman. But I love the fact that I am doing some amazing work in films as well as otherwise.”
Priyanka Chopra Jonas (born 18 July 1982) is an Indian actress, singer, and film producer. The winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant, Chopra is one of India’s highest-paid and most popular entertainers. She has received numerous accolades, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards. In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri and Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in the next two years Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Although Chopra initially aspired to study aeronautical engineering, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her Bollywood debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003). She played the leading lady in the box-office hits Andaaz (2003) and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and received critical acclaim for her breakout role in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz. Chopra established herself with starring roles in the top-grossing productions Krrish and Don (both 2006), and she later reprised her role in their sequels.
Following a brief setback, she garnered success in 2008 for playing a troubled model in the drama Fashion, which won her the National Film Award for Best Actress, and a glamorous journalist in Dostana. Chopra gained wider recognition for portraying a range of characters in the films Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), Barfi! (2012), Mary Kom (2014), and Bajirao Mastani (2015). From 2015 to 2018, she starred as Alex Parrish in the ABC thriller series Quantico. Chopra has since played supporting roles in the Hollywood comedies Baywatch (2017) and Isn’t It Romantic (2019), and returned to Hindi cinema with a leading role in the biopic The Sky Is Pink (2019).
Chopra also promotes social causes such as environment and women’s rights, and is vocal about gender equality, the gender pay gap, and feminism. She has worked with UNICEF since 2006 and was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for child rights in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Her namesake foundation for health and education works towards providing support to unprivileged Indian children. As a recording artist, Chopra has released three singles and provided vocals for a number of her film songs. She is also the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures, under which she has produced several regional Indians films, including the acclaimed Marathi film Ventilator (2016). Despite maintaining privacy, Chopra’s off-screen life, including her marriage to American singer and actor Nick Jonas, is the subject of substantial media coverage.
Hindustan Times – Mon 4 Feb, 2013