This is it, right? This has got to be the end of the Priyanka Chopra story, since PC refuses to give a statement herself, that means Salman’s version becomes definitive and now we are done? Please please say we are done! Oh, and if you don’t care about PC, it is possible this other news story will get you very excited (angry maybe?).
More Priyanka Quotes, From Her and About Her
First, Priyanka appeared on a panel about breaking boundaries and some such sponsored by the FICCI Ladies Organization (FICCI being a film industry group that focuses on conferences and big ideas about moving forward, very respectable) and YES Bank. And she gave a quote that is being reprinted everywhere:
My personal life is not for public consumption. 90 per cent of my life is for public consumption but 10 per cent is for me. I am a girl and I have the right to keep that to myself. My family, friendship, my relationships are things I don’t think I need to defend or explain it to anyone. I am not running for the Office, so I don’t think I need to give explanations.
This is the day after she attended Nick Jonas’ concert in Singapore, and took off a ring and put it in her pocket at the airport (captured by paparazzi) when arriving back in India.
And I know, again, this makes me sound crazy. But if you really think your personal life is none of our business, maybe simply announce your engagement instead of playing it coy? Or maybe DON’T publicly go to your boyfriend’s concert? Or, perhaps, take your ring off at any other point before you see the photographers instead of making sure they catch it happening?
What’s really irritating is that Priyanka leaving Bharat is a big story, a legitimate story about the Indian film industry. And now if you ask her about it, or talk about it, it sounds like you are being mean and prying into her personal life. I don’t care about Priyanka’s personal life! She can have that “10%” if she wants it. I just want to know why she left the biggest movie she has had in years, that’s a professional question and it should be legitimate for me to ask it.
Oh, and then at the Loveratri trailer launch, Salman had to answer it. He didn’t have a nice cover of “no no, it’s personal, let me hide my face in modesty and sharam”, he had to actually respond to the question like professional grown up people do.
I am really happy for her. Uss waqt hum ko ye pata chalta ke unhone wahan par koi bahut badi film sign ki hai aur hume thoda pehla pata chalta to hum waise bhi usko kabhi rokte nahi (If we had known then that she has signed a big Hollywood film, we wouldn’t have stopped her from leaving our film anyway). End moment pe pata chala, shooting ke 10 din pehle pata chala. Shooting shuru ho gayi thi meri, par unke schedule se 10 din pehle pata chala ki woh picture chhodna chahti hai. (We got to know at the end moment, 10 days before her shooting that she wants to leave the film). We said of course, if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. Uss waqt kuchh alag reason diye gaye the hume (We were given another reason then..). Jo bhi reason hai, shaadi ka reason ho, ya picture ka reason ho, ya unko India main nahi kaam karna, ya mere saath nahi kaam karna, sirf Hollywood film aur TV show karna hai, woh unka reason hai. (Whatever it is, her wedding, Hollywood film or the fact that she does not want to work with me, it’s her reason.) We are really happy and supportive about her doing good work.”
Am I crazy, or did BH translate that wrong? Pretty sure he didn’t say “Hollywood” film, he just said “big film”, which has a different implication. And definitely sure he said something about her maybe not wanting the movie because she doesn’t want to work in India any more, which was completely not translated.
But overall, with my limited Hindi, I am getting the gist that he said it would be nice to have known sooner, it would be nice not to have been lied to, but she could certainly leave if she wants to leave. Which is also how I feel about it, me and Salman, as one mind. It’s not that she is leaving the picture, who cares. It’s that she lied about it and left last minute. That’s scuzzy, and that’s not about whether or not she wanted the role, or wanted to work with Salman, or anything else. It’s basic professionalism, when you quit a job you give a reasonable amount of notice and you give a legitimate reason why.
Shahid and Yo Yo Do Urvashi
Now, ready to get angry for a completely different reason? T-Series is rewriting “Urvashi” with Yo Yo Honey Singh, and Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani are going to be in the music video. Meaning they are disrespecting both AR Rahman and Prabhudeva. Oh, and also I guess Tamil films in general since they are taking a Tamil hit and Hindi-izing it.
Now, go get mad at that! It will be a nice change from PC news.