New Delhi,7 November,2014: She enjoys star status in filmdom, but Priyanka Chopra says she missed having a guiding light in her journey. Now as a producer the former beauty queen plans to promote fresh talent. She calls herself a â€œbaby producerâ€, but the 32-year-old wants to launch new talent in the film world with small, but good projects.
Talking about a producerâ€™s role, Priyanka said, â€œI want to make small movies and introduce new talent.â€
Priyanka, who made a successful transition from a beauty queen to an actress and is among the most formidable names in the Hindi film industry today, says the encouragement to venture into production came from her own experience. â€œWhen I came into the film industry, I had no one to hold my finger and show me the way and say, â€˜This is the right directionâ€™. I never had a mentor and I never even had friends who knew anything about films.â€
â€œSo for me, it was a very lonely and scary journey, and somewhere I wanted to make a production house which is a place to introduce new talentâ€”writers, directors, musicians and actors through maybe small, but good films,â€ she said.
It is at this juncture that â€œMadamjiâ€ came knocking at her door. â€œMadamjiâ€, her maiden production venture, will be directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and will star the actress herself in the lead role. The shooting of the film is likely to begin towards the end of November.
â€œIt so happened that Madhur came up to me with â€˜Madamjiâ€™. Then I felt that if I do a film with Madhur, with whom I have a great working relationship (thanks to â€œFashionâ€), and if I produce it, it will give me a good foothold in film production.
â€œIâ€™m just a baby producerâ€”nothing compared to the big films (producers) out there. So, it was a spontaneous decision to produce â€˜Madamjiâ€™,â€ added Priyanka, who has further strengthened her mark as an actress via â€œMary Komâ€ this year. Spontaneity is something that comes naturally to this beauty, who has gone beyond the realm of acting to establish herself in the international music scene, apart from making her presence felt on forums for girl child rights and the need for a green environment.
Priyanka says she never plans her moves. â€œIâ€™m extremely instinctive and spontaneous. So whatever comes my way, I just give it my best. I didnâ€™t know I would become a musician, I didnâ€™t even know I wanted to become an actress. I wanted to be an engineer! So, whenever I propose, god disposes.â€
â€œIâ€™ve decided to let him only make my plans. The only thing I do is work really hard at every opportunity thatâ€™s given to me, and to whatever instinctively I feel like doing,â€ said the multi-talented star, who will next be seen in â€œDil Dhadakne Doâ€ and â€œBajirao Mastaniâ€.