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Anupama Chopra: Priyanka, you had described last year as “truthful but traumatic”. This year has, of course, been harder with your father’s passing, but I met you a few days after that and you were so strong. You were so resilient. Is this how you have always been or is this an inner strength you found?

Priyanka Chopra: I think it’s escapism. I don’t think it’s strength and I think that maybe I should have taken the time to deal with it. I think I wanted to run away from dealing with it and I did. I started work four days later, one – because my Dad hated me sitting at home, and second – I would have lost my mind if I did. Losing my father was not just losing my Dad; it was losing a part of me. I don’t know if every daughter is that close to her father as I was. My Dad was my best friend, my idol and my protector. He was the man of my life so I went back to work because that was my only solace and I haven’t stopped since. I don’t think I will.

Anupama: Priyanka, one of the dreams your father had for you was to be a globally renowned singer. Do you think with the singles, ‘Exotic’ and ‘In My City’, you are heading that way or it’s still very early days? How are you feeling about it?

Priyanka: It’s very early. It’s like asking someone after their first film, ‘Oh, are you a star’? Very few people have that and I don’t expect that either. And with music it’s very different. The way the music industry works, especially in the West, was that one single comes out, it develops, it bubbles, then another one comes out, it bubbles. It is a process of a year and a half before your entire album comes. Whereas, I’m so used to movies, where we know on a Monday whether the movie is a hit or a flop. Hopefully in a few years, I will be the musician that my Dad wanted me to be or that I want to be. Whether it’s ‘In My City’ or whether it’s ‘Exotic, for it to have done as well as it did, to hear it on the radio in L.A., it’s very cool.

Anupama: Priyanka, you said that movies are in your blood, but music is in your soul. So are you going to tell us what you prefer?

Priyanka: I don’t know if I have a preference. I didn’t know anything about acting when I joined movies. It’s a study. I didn’t know it was an art, it was a craft. It took me around four or five years to find out the actor in myself. But music, I learned my alphabets singing. That’s how much it’s been a part of me. So I don’t know if I can decide, but technically I am a novice. For me, the inception of music is from the air and I find that magical. Making something from the inception is such a feeling of gratification that I don’t know if I can pick either or. They both give me that in both ways.
Anupama: You are a National award-winning actor capable of puling off complex roles like Barfi but then you go and do an inane role like Zanjeer. Why?

Priyanka: Awww, don’t say that. For me, all my films are importan

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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