Next Change

Remember the soft-spoken Simmi Ahuja in Bluffmaster, who breaks up with her fiancé when she finds out that he is a cheat? Or Rani, who is the object of affection of two friends Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi? Actor Priyanka Chopra wants to break out of that sweet, simple girl mode and get into the thick of things. And she has been working hard in that direction.

It is Gatka, a popular Sikh martial art, which is keeping Chopra preoccupied. After displaying her martial art skill in Farhan Akhtar’s Don, she has been training rigorously under a specialist from Ludhiana for Goldie Behl’s forthcoming film Drona.

Abhishek Bachchan plays a superhero in the movie, while Chopra plays his bodyguard. “It’s easy to become typecast in Bollywood, so I want to keep doing different things.

Besides, there is always a little bit of me in all the characters I play, and I have always been sporty,” says the actor who replaced Sushmita Sen as the brand ambassador of luxury watch Tag Heur. Portions of her action sequence have been shot in Czech Republic.

Chopra is essaying a similar action role in Love Story 2050, a futuristic film spanning from 2007 to 2050. Chopra is paired opposite Harman Baweja, and plays two characters — one set in 2007 and the other in 2050. “It is challenging because it is all based on our own imagination, but the movie has an exciting script and it was great fun working on it,” she says.

Incidentally, Chopra is also rumoured to be seeing Harry Baweja’s son. “Harman is a great friend,” she begins and then adds, “He is very, very talented and he has done really well in
the movie. It used to be great fun on the sets since this was a rare occasion when I was the senior. Harman’s older than me, but I used to bully him a lot,” she laughs.

While Chopra is eagerly awaiting the release of the two movies, the other films that will be released this year are Guddu Dhanoa’s Big Brother, opposite Sunny Deol, and God Tussi Great Ho, a comedy opposite Salman Khan. Both the movies are supposed to release in the next few months. “I wouldn’t have realised that I have a funny bone in me but for God Tussi… It was a wonderful experience, really,” she says.

So, is she happy with the way her career has shaped up? Chopra smiles contentedly. “I believe that whenever you walk, you take a step forward. There has been a qualitative improvement in my films, from Andaaz to Aitraaz to Salaam-e-Ishq. It is great to be part of a wonderful lineage of actors who have done good work in the industry,” she says. Point taken.

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