Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Working in Madhur Bhandarkar’s forthcoming film “Fashion” was a walk down memory lane for Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. “If you remember, I started my professional life as a model. And now while doing ‘Fashion’, I met up with my friends from my modelling days… Noyonika Chatterjee, Jesse Randhawa, Aanchal Kumar… That was the best part of doing ‘Fashion’,” Priyanka told IANS.
“When I was modelling I was 17. So it’s like a whole era has passed between then and now,” said the actor, who was seen in a ‘futuristic’ look in her latest release “Love Story 2050”. But she adds that she isn’t that experienced as a model. “I modelled for only three months … between the Miss India and Miss World pageants. But yeah it was fun. I was a wide-eyed excited child then. Yes, I’m using my experiences as a model to play my character in ‘Fashion’,” said the former Miss World.
Priyanka’s character in the film undergoes a tremendous metamorphosis. “And I’ve gone through that metamorphosis myself. Like my character, I was a small-town girl finding my way through the modelling world when I came to Mumbai. A lot of it is derived from my own experiences.”
The actress says shooting for films and modelling are completely different. “My modelling friends complain about how patient they need to be between shots, whereas during modelling all you had to do was just go for it (the ramp).”
Priyanka is happy with her role and even happier working with Bhandarkar. “I do have lots of trust in him. We’ve wanted to work with each other for a long time. I’m glad ‘Fashion’ happened. I’ve an author-backed role.”
The movie has been shot almost entirely in Mumbai. “And that’s a change for me because a lot of my films are shot outside the city. When you’re on an outdoor (shoot), you disconnect almost completely from the rest of the world. I like travelling. I’m inherently a nomad.”
— By Subhash K. Jha