I am a mast-maula person: Priyanka Chopra

By HT

Priyanka Chopra seems to be finally coming out of the emotional turmoil following her father's death last month. The 30-year-old actor-singer is upbeat about her latest song featuring Pitbull, Exotic, racing upto the top slot on iTunes India charts within merely two days of its release. She
speaks to HT City about her present state of mind, and life after dad.

You've been applauded for your decision to rejoin work just a couple of days after you lost your father Dr. Ashok Chopra. Was it a tough call to make?
I don't know what made me do it. What went through my mind at that point is that my dad hated to see me sitting at home. Even on Sundays when he would see me lounging on the couch, he used to say... arrey how come you are at home? Koi kaam nahi hai aaj? He loved that I love my work. He even sent me to work from the hospital when he was admitted. Honestly, I don't know how to deal with emotions except to get into work. So it was important for me to just start working.

From one blockbuster with Will.i.am to another with Pitbull...is the pressure building for your next song?
I have always felt pressured. But it is not an external one that people put on me, rather it is a pressure that I put on myself. I like to outdo myself with something better. I always knew Exotic is a really good track and the timing is correct as it is a summer anthem but this kind of overwhelming response is totally unexpected. With movies one expects that the first weekend will decide its fate but with songs, the popularity grows slowly. But this instant response is simply crazy.

If someday you had to choose between acting and singing...
It would be like picking one from my two eyes. I have been acting since I was 17, so it's in my blood. Though music is new to me but it has been my soul, as I have grown up with music. Before I knew how to say the alphabet I could sing because my dad would train me to sing. I belong to a family of doctors and engineers, but was destined to be where I am and I love this space.

Is working internationally any different from working back home?
It is the same everywhere, no matter where I am. I don't get the big hue and cry about me taking this global step. I have never made plans in life. I take each day as it comes and am a mast-maula person who takes no stress.

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