Coming from a small town in Haryana, Priyanka was all set to be a fashion designer. That is, until she got a call with an offer to act in a Punjabi music video. That phone call changed her life. This week we caught up with her to find out how life has changed after she began acting.
How did you get into acting?
It was never planned. I was in my second year of college when I started modelling, and one fine day I got a call with an offer for a Punjabi music album – ‘Haar Jaani Aa’ – and took it on.
From fashion design to filmdom, did you ever see it coming?
Not really… I was focussed on being a fashion designer up until my second year of college. But sometimes you never know what path your life may shift to, and that’s exactly what happened after I started modelling.
What was doing the ‘Haar Jaani Aa’ video like?
‘Haar Jaani Aa’ was the best experience of my life so far. Everybody loved my screen presence, especially my director and the singer who called me his lucky charm. In fact, the song went on to get nominated in the Mirchi Music Awards, too.
And what about Mr.420?
For Mr. 420 too, I randomly got a call from the filmmakers after they saw me in ‘Haar Jaani Aa’. They seemed very sure about signing me for the film; I was too, after I heard the script.
What was the experience like?
The experience was totally worth it! I consider myself blessed to debut in a Telugu film; most actresses who debut in this industry go on to become successful actresses. Working in
Mr. 420 was superb, right from the script to the director and producer, dialogues, music, and co-star – everything was just perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut.
Hailing from Punjab, was it difficult to act in Tollywood?
Oh yes it was! Especially after working on a music album where there are no lines and all you have to do is look good and perform. Acting in a movie in a language that isn’t your native one is very difficult. Luckily for me, I picked up the lines quite quickly. Hard work always pays off, and that was true in my case.
While I’m very excited to talk about my upcoming projects, I have to hold back. I was in Mumbai last week for the narration of a script of a big production house, but the contract hasn’t been signed yet so I can’t say much yet. But yes, I will soon be seen in a Hindi as well as a Telugu film.
If not an actress, what would your alternate career option have been?
A fashion designer with an established brand under my name.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I love reading whenever I get free time. I read stories where I get totally into the character, or sometimes spiritual books. Listening to music always keeps me positive and in a good mood. Like every girl, I enjoy shopping – alone for the most part. Travelling and exploring new places brings a smile to my face.
What’s your fitness regimen like?
Eat healthy and stay healthy. I don’t believe that anything that tastes good on your palate is not good for your body. I am not big on going to the gym, but I do a lot of strength exercises and yoga.
Any favourite holiday destinations?
Every place I’ve visited has a special place in my heart; I’ve left a piece of my heart everywhere I’ve been, especially the mountains and beaches. Travelling gives me peace of mind, and so I want to continue to explore and travel the world.
What about your favourite cuisine?
I’m a pure vegetarian who enjoys ghar ka khana the most. I’m not very experimental with my food; I stick to Indian food that is healthy, too.
If you could be reborn as someone else, who would it be?
Why would I want to be reborn as someone else? I am very ambitious so I want to be a successful actress with good films to my name, fame and, of course, wealth. I want to be part of romance, drama, comedy, and even action films.
What’s your greatest fear?
I don’t fear anything in life. I want to live fearlessly. But I could say deep water scares me, maybe because I have never tried going underwater. But I’m sure I’ll overcome that soon too.
--- as told to Niharika