Words of wisdom from Priyanka Chopra, who feels the young should stand up for themselves
Recently, a video of a former Shiv Sena functionary assaulting a female traffic constable after she pulled him up for talking on the phone while driving at a busy junction, went viral. Motorists and passersby stood mute as he slapped and rained punches on her. An alert advocate intervened and took the accused to the police station.
‘I abhor violence’
Priyanka Chopra, who plays a cop — SP Abha Mathur — in her next, Jai Gangaajal, hasn’t seen the video but she abhors violence and says she would have definitely stepped in to help the cop had she witnessed the assault, “Why a woman, even if a man was being hit, I would try and stop it. I abhor violence. It’s not just about man or woman. I know I am often heard saying ‘I will beat the sh*% out of you’, if I am upset (laughs), I am against violence and I think it should be stopped always. Don’t we all come from the land of Mahatma Gandhi who taught us non-violence?”
Don’t try it!
The tough actress adds that if anybody tries to misbehave with her on a physical level, she won’t hold back. “I don’t think anybody should physically try to misbehave with me. I can be scary and I wear very sharp, pointed heels so I can just jab the person with them (laughs). On a serious note, I am somebody who doesn’t take sh*t from anybody. I think nobody should take crap from anyone. Young people should stand up for themselves and have the confidence to know what they are worth.”
Firm, yet feminine
The actress feels that her on-screen character Abha is a better person than her. “She’s such a good girl, possesses guts standing alone in a male-dominated world. Abha is more honest and follows the rules, while I break them (smiles). I love Abha for what she represents — the truth. Despite being a tough cop, there is an extremely feminine side to her as well. Usually female cops on screen are not graceful, but Prakash Jha and I imbued Abha with grace, adaah and tehzeeb. She’s very feminine and yet is tough as nails.”
Priyanka is currently shooting for the Baywatch movie in California and is missing JG’s release in India. “I’m nervous and excited at the same time… I haven’t had the experience of seeing the film. The best part of making a film is sharing it with your audience. But today, Hindi movies have a global appeal and one gets so much love and support sitting in any part of the world, it’s amazing.”
(Video Courtesy: Oneindia News)
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