Priyanka Chopra Says Awards Don’t Affect My Role As An Actor

Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who rose to fame not just in Bollywood but also in Hollywood is extremely happy with her film The White Tiger making an impact in the awards segment this season. She not only acted in this particular film but is also the executive producer. It has been nominated for an Oscar and two BAFTAS.

In an interview with IANS, Priyanka says,  "It means a lot to me, I am so proud of the whole team. We believed in the story collectively and, importantly, the story needed to be translated into a film that would connect with a wider audience,".

The White Tiger based on a book written by Arvind Adiga has been nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for director and writer Ramin Bahrani. Coming to the BAFTAS, actor Adarsh Gourav is chosen in the lead actor category. Other actors in the same category are late Chadwick Boseman and Anthony Hopkins. Ramin Bahrani is also chosen to compete for the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy.

At the age of 38, Priyanka had achieved international fame long before she got down with making and acting in "The While Tiger''. Her lead actor Adarsh Gourav stands to gain tremendously of course, if he manages to score a win at the BAFTAs, though that could be a challenge in a year when the late Boseman has been winning hearts with his role in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom''.

While the nominations are an honour, Priyanka says her involvement with the project is not necessarily about the awards.

"We had already done the hard work by the time the awards rolled by, so I don't think it affected my role as an actor or producer in any way for this film. For me, as an actor and a producer, the audience has always been my end goal. Nominations and wins -- especially awards like the Oscars and Baftas -- are truly amazing but it's not why I pick projects," she asserts.

Priyanka lists "content stories, ones that resonate, ones that need to be told, ones that entertain a wide global audience" as her primary intent when it comes to filmmaking.

"You will never be true to content if you make it to win at the awards," she says.

For her, the biggest boost that such nominations bring is that they push India, Indian cinema and Indian artistes towards the right direction when it comes to the conversation of inclusivity and diversity.

Priyanka believes that, "I think the nominations are another step towards what we have all been working so hard for -- equal opportunity and a seat at every table. We deserve it, not because of some quota that needs to be filled but because we prove every day that we can deliver what is needed. This applies to every industry and not just entertainment," She further states, "I'm just proud to be in such august company, with women (from) across the world, working hard, breaking barriers, driving innovation, every day,"        - IANS