By Hindustan Times
She’s never been a Yash Chopra heroine, and now she never will be. But in a tribute to the late filmmaker, Priyanka Chopra will be dancing to his hit songs in a special act at the People’s Choice Awards this weekend. “Initially, Priyanka had planned an act based on her last movie, Barfi!,” says
choreographer Geeta Kapoor. “We changed the idea at the last minute. This was her only chance to play his heroine.”
The act consists of an audio-visual spanning Yash Chopra’s career, with Priyanka dancing to a song from each phase of his life. “It is a challenge for me to tell the tale of a legend in a few minutes,” adds Geeta.
When Yash Chopra passed away, Priyanka had tweeted, “I didn’t even work with him never really spent too much time either but whatever lil I did his hearty laugh and baritone 'beta' and our common love for food was what ill always remember Yashji for (sic).”
Priyanka also poured her heart out on Twitter:
Writing cause I have an upheaval in my heart..was doing a Barfi act for People's choice awards but since yashjis passing its like my childhood is over..been rehearsing for a befitting shradhanjali to Him.when I was a kid every time I saw the beautiful Juhi in darr of Lovely Madhuri in Dil Toh Paagal Hai or my fav Sridevi in lamhe or chandni I used to start pretending to be them..id steal my moms white saree and stand in front of a table fan and dance as if I was doing toot gayi toot ke main choor Jo gayi with my hair flying..I pretended as if I was being serenaded by the man of my dreams... My one regret.. My one wish.. Yashji will never say action to me..my life as a Hindi film heroine will always be incomplete..I remember him laughing at me when I used to tell him about my obsession with his films..would anyone capture a woman's beauty and heart the way Yashji did..? I Doubt.. But all ill say is.. Life is too short to keep wishes in ur heart..wish I'd told him I wanted him to just say action once to me..I'd walk in the background for him..I wish Jab Tak Hai Jaan so much success from my heart and I'll vicariously live my incomplete Yash Chopra dream through @iamsrk Katrina and Anushka.... Live out ur wishes..make ur dreams come true..fight for them..life is too short to take it for granted.. Sorry for my ranting..had to vent.. (sic)