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Priyanka Chopra speaks to Dubai journalists via Skype

Saturday , 05 March 2016

The Bollywood actress, who has lately spread her wings to American shores, spoke to a select group of Dubai-based journalists through Skype, during a press conference for Jai Gangaajal

Priyanka Chopra, who was at that time in Los Angeles, conversed with mediapersons in Dubai via Skype. Also seen in the picture are Jai Gangaajal’s director Prakash Jha, Manav Kaul and Rahul Bhat

Ahead of her first time presenting at the Oscars, Priyanka Chopra spoke to a select group of journalists in Dubai through Skype, during a press conference for her film Jai Gangaajal, which hit cinema screens in the UAE on March 3.

The press conference was attended (in-person) by the film’s writer-director Prakash Jha, who also made his acting debut in the movie, as well as actors Manav Kaul and Rahul Bhat. Priyanka joined in, virtually, via Skype.

Talking about Jai Gangaajal, Priyanka said, “Prakash Sir and I have been trying to work together for at least 4 or 5 years. I was so happy that he came to me with (Jai) Gangaajal, because it’s such an amazing story and it has so much of history with it. It’s such a relevant film right now, in terms of feminism, in terms of farmer suicides—in terms of so many relevant topics to the country right now.”

When asked who she enjoyed working with the most, Jha The Director or Jha The Actor, Pee Cee quipped that, as a director, Jha was a revelation to work with, but as an actor, she was his senior!

Interestingly, Priyanka, who stars as FBI recruit Alex Parrish in the American TV series Quantico, plays the role of Abha Mathur, the first female SP (Superintendent) of Bankipur District, Bihar in Jai Gangaajal. When asked whether the two law enforcement characters were similar, the actress replied, “They’re completely different people and completely different characters. I think the only common ground between the two of them is they’re in law enforcement and that I’m playing them. But, Abha is born and brought up in Lucknow, very honest, very play-by-the-rules law enforcement, while Alex breaks all the rules!”

Pee Cee also said that her Quantico colleagues and American friends were eager to check out her work in Jai Gangaajal.

As the press conference wound down, Jha urged ciné fans to watch Jai Gangaajal, because it uses a fictional format to showcase very real and pertinent issues. The director also said that he was looking forward to making a sequel to Rajneeti (2010).

On a more topical note, Jha said, “Right now, it is one of the most interesting periods in India’s political history. The comedy, which is being played out in Indian society and polity is amazing. I’m really dying to lay my hands on it and work out a draft!”