Priyanka Chopra talks to Filmfare regarding her equation with Shahrukh Khan, star wifes & more…
Q. A tabloid recently carried a story about actors’ wives being insecure and not wanting their husbands to work with you. How do you react to it?
A. Look, if an actor doesn’t want to work with me, he won’t. I don’t want to get into whether he won’t because his wife or director has warned him against it or he himself is averse to it. I’m a self-made girl, I am a complete outsider, I’ve never been recommended by anyone. I’ve made a career for myself. I’ve never had my father or friends make a movie for me, I didn’t have any brother, sister, friend, boyfriend or anyone else to show me the way. I’m extremely thankful to the industry for giving me a chance to be here and grow. I take immense pride in the way I’ve led my life so whatever issues other people have, are their problems. If it affects my career so be it but that’s not going to change the way I lead my life. I take pride in the woman I am, I’ll never do anything that I can’t stand by and say, “Ya I did it. So?” I’ll never do a film thinking, “Arre yaar bada banner hai, I don’t like the role but I’ll still do it.” If someone doesn’t want to work with me, it’s okay. I’ll find a smaller film to do, I’m a heroine and I’m small compared to all the big heroes. I conduct myself with dignity and that’s what matters.
Q. After all that’s been written about the mutual admiration Shah Rukh Khan and you share, do you hesitate before saying something about him?
A. Definitely. Now I don’t talk about him at all. I’ve always respected, emulated and idolised him but I don’t like to talk about it anymore.
Q. Is there any tension between the two of you?
A. None whatsoever. SRK is as heart-warming as ever. He recently came on my show on a public platform. He was fun like he always is.