Despite the multifaceted actor’s talent and current status, she is relegated to roles that are stereotypical parts – playing the protagonist’s love interest and adding glamour
In Don 2, Priyanka Chopra played a crucial role of a cop and also harboured a soft corner for her criminal, but it was limited, considering her star power and acting prowess. Similarly, in Agneepath she played an ardent lover who provided light moments in the gruesome plot, a fairly trite role that is most offered to female actors in the larger-than-life, masala entertainers. All this makes us wonder why the talented leading lady is doing clichéd and trivial roles. Is it because Saat Khoon Maaf, the film she had pinned great hopes on, was critically acclaimed but didn’t make money for the producers and distributors?
Like it or not, in the end it’s all about the moolah in the business of movies. An actor’s market value is directly proportional to the success ratio of their last film. Perhaps that’s why PC felt the need, especially after a commercial disaster like SKM, to be attached to big-budget grossers to hike her market price and keep her in the top line of front-runners. However, she isn’t the only one to tread the path of sweet and sexy roles in big films. Kareena Kapoor, after her first solo superhit Jab We Met, played hackneyed parts in big budget blockbusters – remember Three Idiots’, Golmaal series, Bodyguard and Ra.One? Let’s hope PC’s jaunt of doing short and sweet roles doesn’t go on for very long, otherwise she will have to stick to a career on the foreign shores!