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Was being pushed into corner in Hindi film industry: Priyanka on moving to US

Mohnish SinghBy: Mohnish Singh

After spending almost two decades in Hindi cinema, actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she decided to move to Hollywood as filmmakers back home were “not casting” her, and she needed a break from the exhausting politics of the industry.

“I had beef with people,” Priyanka said on the comedy podcast Armchair Expert with Hollywood actors Dax Shepard and Monica Padman.

When Shepard asked what made her start from scratch in an unknown territory, the popular Indian actress said that she had never spoken about the reasons in public before.

“I have never said this, so I am going to say it because you all make me feel safe…” she began.

The National Award winner said she was in the zone of being a “serious actor” and not doing “mega movies” when she got a call from her current manager Anjula Acharia while on the Coorg set of Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2011 movie 7 Khoon Maaf.

“I spoke to this woman. I’d recorded a demo because I just love music. She goes ‘I love this demo. Would you be open to music?’ I was like ‘What does that even mean?’ I’ve never been in the studio for real. She flew down… I was like ‘I’ll be a rockstar if I think I can.

“I was being pushed into a corner in the (Hindi film) industry. I had people not casting me for reasons, I had beef with people, I am not good at playing that game so I kind of was tired of the politics and I said I needed a break,” Priyanka, who started her career in Los Angeles as a singer in 2012, told Shepard and Padman.

The 40-year-old actress, now based out of Los Angeles, said she was signed by American record label Interscope Records where its founder Jimmy Iovine was her talent scout. She gained prominence through music videos “In My City” and “Exotic”.

“This music thing gave me an opportunity to go into another part of the world, not crave the movies I didn’t want to get but I would require to schmooze certain clubs and cliques of people. It would require grovelling and I had worked a long time by then that I didn’t feel like I wanted to do it.

“So when this music thing came I was like ‘F*** it, I’m going to America’ and Interscope was amazing, they threw the building at me. I worked with Pitbull, Will. I. Am, Pharrell, Mathew Koma, and many incredible artistes. I had dinner with Bruce Springsteen and his wife, I met Jay-Z and Beyonce,” she recalled.

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