Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor talk Hollywood

Whether you’re a die-hard Bollywood fan, or just looking to expand your movie list a little, the Hindi movie Teri Meri Kahaani might be just what you’re looking for. The film, which was released on Friday, stars two of the biggest names in Indian cinema — Shahid Kapoor and former Miss World-winner Priyanka Chopra — playing three different couples over three eras: 1910, 1960 and 2012. “What’s interesting about the film is that it’s about soul mates. We keep talking about what happens when people meet their soul mates,” director Kunal Kohli told Tribute while he was in Toronto last week to premiere the film. “It’s about meeting people in three different lifetimes. It’s not about reincarnation and all those old fashioned things.”

Kohli was joined in Toronto by his two lead stars, who both agree that although it’s an Indian film, the unique storyline — or storylines rather — still has universal appeal. “I think it’s a very fresh concept. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Hindi or an English film which talks about soul mates who have met in different lives and yet is not really about reincarnation,” Shahid told Tribute. “I think it’s the kind of film which, if you believe in love and if you like seeing romantic comedies, I think it’s a film that you’ll really like because all three worlds are very different from what I’ve seen in movies before.”

While Bollywood may be a world of its own, there has been a lot of crossover in recent years, particularly with veteran Indian actors making appearances in big-budget Hollywood films, like Anil Kapoor in Slumdog Millionaire and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and Irrfan Khan in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man. So will Teri Meri Kahaani’s young leads be making the transition to Hollywood anytime soon? Shahid doesn’t have anything lined up as yet but he’s got his sights set on who he’d like to team up with. “I’d love to work with Christopher Nolan or with Martin Scorsese. They’re my favorite directors right now.”

Kunal also has one big name in mind. “I like [Steven] Spielberg a lot for his larger than life cinema…it’s just above and beyond. Whenever you think he’s gone larger than life, then he goes larger than that. He goes even bigger than bigger. It’s like cinema is Spielberg and Spielberg is cinema.” The director also hopes to one day reintroduce his own films in a slightly different spotlight. “I’d love to remake one of my films in Hollywood,” he says, though he may have a hard time narrowing down his cast. “In India, we have six or seven good actors, male and female. In Hollywood, it’s endless…there’s a lot of talent.”

Priyanka, on the other hand, has a slightly different plan for her big Hollywood break, and it’s already been set in motion. The actress has been working on her debut album — a collection of English pop tracks — for the past year and was recently signed by Creative Artists Agency, the L.A.-based talent agency whose client list includes the biggest names in Hollywood. “I feel like pop music has been represented somehow by every part of the world except India. In Latin America, you have [Jennifer Lopez] and Marc Anthony. In South America, you have Shakira. If you think about Europe you have David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Why not India, considering how much music is in our veins? We’re the most musical culture ever,” she explains. “I really hope this opens up an avenue for so much talent from India to foray into global music. When we decided to do this, I wanted to create something which represents my culture, my ethnicity, and yet is English and pop. So that’s when CAA came on board.” If her career continues on the same trajectory as other CAA clients, it’s only a matter of time before this young star takes over Hollywood too. ~Soriyya Bawa

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  1. Geena • June 27, 2012 @ 2:37 PM

    Jaspinder narula’s secret marriage
    Press report India today page3 Bollywood
    Jaspinder Narula  secretly  got married to a Canadian citizen name Garry Gill also known by the name meet in 2010 they were seen together in Mumbai and  dehli noida Chandigarh even she went to see him in Canada. Her brother was disagree but her father was fine with it. Now he is back in Canada and she want him to come back soon to Mumbai. they were trying for a child but there is no news yet
    They were seen together in Mumbai for many ocations she seems to be really happy with him. Hopefully this marriage will last for ever.
    She is still going thru divorce with her ex-husband


  2. NADEEN • July 20, 2012 @ 6:16 PM


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