Have to do 100 crore films to be commercially viable: Priyanka Chopra
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra says it is necessity to be part of 100 crore films in order to be commercially viable in the industry.
"I always try to do films which I find interesting. But, we also have to be part of the 100 or 200 crore films to be commercially viable, so that we can go and do women oriented films. It is a give and take thing," Priyanka said today.
The 31-year-old actress lamented that till date no female-centric Bollywood film has made it to the elite 100 crore club. "I don't know if it is a tragedy but it is the truth for sure that no female centric films has yet made 100 crore at the box office.
Although films have done very well. Vidya's (Balan) films. Even my films 'Fashion', 'Saat Khoon Maaf' took great openings. That is a positive sign," said the actress, who was in the capital to be a part of Agenda Aajtak conclave.
Priyanka is currently shooting for a biopic based on the life of five-time World Boxing champion Mary Kom and the actress said filming for the movie has been a life-changing experience for her. "I have never been sporty.
I just played basketball because I was tall. I hated it. It is funny that in my most important film in my life, I am playing a sportswoman. I have to change my whole life for the film. I have to learn so many things. You cannot act sports," she said.
Priyanka has shared screen with the younger crop of Bollywood actors including Ranbir Kapoor in 'Anjana Anjani', Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh in upcoming film 'Gunday' and she said that at times they are intimidated by her. "Sometimes they say they are intimidated by me. I started working at the age of 17. I had to find my feet in Bollywood by myself. Even when I would fall, I would pick myself up.
So, that reflects when I work on sets and often my co-stars ask me how I do it," she said. Off-late Bollywood films and the portrayal of women in them have been attributed to crimes but Priyanka said that people have to be mature and should learn to differentiate between fiction and reality.
"Film industry is meant for entertainment just like music or books. It is a work of art and fiction. Fiction should not be taken seriously. Films cannot change society. Government has to implement laws. Films are meant for entertainment primarily," Priyanka said.