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Important for me to play strong female roles: Priyanka Chopra

After stealing the show with her empathic portrayal of Kashibai in “Bajirao Mastani”, Priyanka Chopra is back as a tough cop in “Jai Gangaajal” and the actor says she is consciously opting for roles in Hindi cinema that represent the modern Indian woman.

Priyanka says she is consciously gravitating towards roles that have more to offer notwithstanding the length of the part. File photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Ms. Chopra is one of the top rated actors in Hindi cinema besides becoming the first female star from India to become lead face of the U.S. television show “Quantico”.

She is now all set to make her Hollywood film debut as the main villain opposite Dwayne Johnson in “Baywatch”.

Priyanka says she is consciously gravitating towards roles that have more to offer notwithstanding the length of the part.

“It was very important for me to play strong female characters in my films. I started doing that a long time ago, be it ‘Kaminey’ where I had just eight scenes, Jhilmil in ’Barfi!’, ‘Gunday’, ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ or Kashibai in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

“I try really hard to play strong women, who are a representation of modern Indian woman,” Priyanka said.

Her next big screen outing “Jai Gangaajal”, directed by Prakash Jha, will see her playing a female cop fighting for justice in a corrupt, male-dominated place.

“It’s a very interestingly layered character. Abha is very feminine and she has been thrown into this man’s world where nobody takes her seriously even when she is Superintendent of Police, because she is a woman.

“She has been sent to this very male-dominated city where she has to put her foot down, making sure that she does not have to take the law in her hands at the same time.”

The film’s fate will be clear only after its release on March 4 but the actor, 33, is hopeful that people will like the movie, which deals with issues like corruption in the system, feminism and farmers’ suicide.

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