Priyanka in pain in Namibia

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By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Oct 15 (IANS) After injuring herself while filming a complicated stunt for "Drona" in Mumbai, Priyanka Chopra, who disregarded the doctors' diktat, has hurt herself again while shooting for the same thriller in Namibia.

"The doctors had told me to let the pulled muscle in my abs heal for at least six weeks. But last week I was doing a stunt scene here in Namibia, the abs got wounded again. I can't do anything about it because the action scenes scheduled for Namibia have to be shot, come what may," Priyanka told IANS.

Though Priyanka is on painkillers and injections, she continues to shoot her scenes. "Fortunately, my mother is with me and she's looking after me quite well. Her being a doctor helps. I've no choice but to do my stunts through the injury. Once I get back to Mumbai, I can let it heal."

As for signing Madhur Bhandarkar's "Fashion", she said: "The details, including my dates, have yet to be figured out. But, yes, I'm on. Though I'm not sure when."

Apparently, the dates for "Fashion" have to be coordinated with Karan Johar's production that starts in March. Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham have been roped in to play male leads in the romantic film to be directed by Karan's assistant Tarun Mansukhani.

Priyanka said: "I'm really glad I'm finally working with Karan. It's a fun-filled, young, romantic comedy. I'm paired with Abhishek and John. It's always a pleasure working with these two guys. They are a barrelful of fun. In fact, I'm shooting with Abhishek now. It's a desert. But it's freezing."

So what does the 25-year-old Priyanka aspire to do in life?

"Just work, work, work! Marriage? No chance for a long while. Psychologically I'm still 16."