Priyanka Chopra: 'I could have been Chikni Chameli'


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, Jan. 13 -- A couple of months ago, it was reported that Priyanka Chopra's character (Kaali) in the Agneepath remake was the size of a cameo. Co-writer Ila Bedi Datta stated it was longer. Now, the actor admits she doesn't have a lengthy part, but it was meaty enough for her to sink her teeth into.

"It's small but not inconsequential. Kaali lives for Vijay and his happiness. She's ready to fight life's situations with a smile for him," says Priyanka, adding, "Everyone knows it's basically a revenge story between Vijay and Kancha Cheena. So, naturally, I couldn't become the focus of the plot. Kaali is important for the story to move further. She's not a decorative item in the movie."

Meanwhile, Katrina Kaif's item number 'Chikni chameli...' adapted from the famous Marathi song 'Kombdi padali...'has become one of the most watched songs on the Internet and across TV channels. Didn't it pinch her that the chartbuster was picturised on another actor and has more visibility than her songs? "We were all praying that Katrina takes it up. It's worked so well for the promotions. I'm content with even an eight-scene role like Kaminey (2009). I'm satisfied, not jealous," argues Priyanka, adding, "Our characters, according to the script, don't have that energy, which is where Katrina enters. It's another story that if I hadn't been Kaali, I could have been Chikni Chameli. Who wouldn't want to take up a dance number like that?"

Last month, after Don 2 released, several critics and audience members felt that her role in the movie wasn't too effective, although she'd maintained all along that her character, Roma, was essential to the plot. Bring this up, and Priyanka says, "No one realised that my role was much longer in Don 2 than in Don. Back then I was a newbie and no one expected much out of me. But this time, they wanted me to be in every frame of the film, which is not possible because the film is not Roma, it's Don."