INDIA AND THE WORLD

Priyanka Chopra: Best of both worlds

Eyeing glamour as actor in both US and India; As producer, making films in India’s far-flung regional languages

Priyanka Chopra now holds a unique place in the current Indian film scene. She is the first Indian female actor to have successfully, and it would appear seamlessly, bridged the cinema worlds of Bollywood and Hollywood. Her recent Bollywood outings include commercial hits of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ (2015), Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (2015) and Prakash Jha’s ‘Jai Gangaajal’ (2016).

Over most of 2016, Priyanka based herself in the United States and became a leading name on television screens there. She plays a lead role in Quantico, an American drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran and produced by ABC Studios. ABC originally ordered 13 episodes for the first season, and picked up the show for a full season with subsequent orders in October and November to a total of 22 episodes. On March 3, 2016, ABC renewed Quantico for a second season, which premiered on September 25, 2016. The series has attracted eye-balls according to Nielsen ratings. Meanwhile she bagged a role in the popular series Baywatch, and an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, due to release in May 2017.

 

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Interestingly, while Priyanka sashays her way to keeping the celebrity spotlight firmly fixed on her in the US (she was a presenter at the Oscars and Emmy Awards in 2016, and the recently held 74th Golden Globe Awards, 2017), her eyes on home ground are fixed on a completely different setting. Her production company, Purple Pebble Pictures, formed in 2015, has her mother Dr Madhu Chopra at its helm.  In a short time, they have set the trend on producing films made in India’s regional languages.

Purple Pebble Pictures made its debut in January 2016 with the mobile series It’s My City, a sitcom about four girls living in an apartment in Mumbai, and the struggles they face as they set out to make their dreams come true. The 14-part series with two episodes a week, began on January 22, 2016. It makes Priyanka one of the few people in Bollywood who embraced digital with their foremost production venture.

‘Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi’, in Bhojpuri, directed by Santosh Mishra, released in mid-2016, followed by the critically-acclaimed Marathi movie ‘Ventilator’, which premiered at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

Priyanka’s next film ‘Sarvann’ was announced in Canada. This time, it is a Punjabi film, scheduled to release in mid January, 2017 in the USA. It features a song sung by Priyanka’s late father, Dr Ashok Chopra. Directed by Karan Guliani, the film stars Amrinder Gill in the lead role along with Ranjit Bawa, Simi Chahal and Sardar Sohi.  So far what we know about the film’s plot line is how Amrinder, an Indian living abroad,  becomes Shravan Puttr to a family in India that has been wronged accidentally.

Continuing this promotion of regional cinema and local talent with such remarkable ventures, Priyanka and her team are planning a Sikkimese-Nepali film titled ‘Pahuna’ (translates as “guest”) – a story revolving around political unrest and the resulting separation which affects children and their families.

Her future endeavours include producing Rajasthani and Chhattisgarhi films as well.

Petrina D’Rozario, Chief Operating Officer

Purple Pebble Pictures recently appointed Petrina D’Rozario as their Chief Operating Officer (COO). She now oversees the content that comes into Purple Pebble Pictures and identifies the right partners to work with, while also developing business across the verticals and overseeing the structure and working of day to day operations.

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Petrina has spearheaded the shaping of the Mumbai branch of Women in Film and Television (www.wift.co.in) as its Board Member and Founder President. Her first short film, ‘Pyass’ (2013) was selected in various international film festivals. Born and raised in Calcutta, Petrina was an all-rounder in school winning accolades. Her love for filmmaking made her take a year-long sabbatical during which she enrolled into South Seas Film School in New Zealand and graduated with a distinction and double major in documentary direction and production. Ideating, developing, executing and marketing projects with efficiency are Petrina’s forte. She has been a part of various co-productions for feature films, television and short films in Greece, Australia, New Zealand and India in the capacity of an associate producer, producer, executive producer, assistant director and creative director.

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