Priyanka Chopra’s Mother Reveals That Her Colleagues Questioned Her Decision To Back Bhojpuri Cinema

Sukriti Gumber
Priyanka Chopra (Source: Instagram | @owengould)
Priyanka Chopra (Source: Instagram | @owengould)

Priyanka Chopra has inspired millions of us with her go-for-it attitude. From a small town girl from Bareilly to Miss World 2000 to an A-list Bollywood star to stepping foot in Hollywood – she has done it all and raging to do more. Looks like world domination is next on PeeCee’s checklist!

She also ventured into production with her mom, Madhu Chopra in 2016 with her banner, Purple Pebble Pictures and churned out some commendable regional movies. However, it wasn’t always a bed of roses for this multi-tasker. Recently at the FICCI Frames session ‘Beyond Bollywood: Does regional cinema make better sense?’, senior Chopra reportedly said that Priyanka’s colleagues were shocked and even questioned her decision to back a Bhojpuri film as it doesn’t go with her brand image.

As cliched as it may sound, my mother is my #GirlHero. She is a fiesty woman that came from a small town, who ran away from home to pursue her dream job… she was a doctor in the armed forces, has over 8 different medical certifications, is a certified pilot and she speaks 9 languages! She also used to drive around in an open top jeep (what a badass!), Whew! She's also an amazing mother, daughter, sister, wife, business partner… She's the one who taught me that I could be anything and everything I want to be… And that's why she's my #GirlHero… it's so important to inculcate that sense of confidence in the girls around you and hopefully that's what we do this International Day of the Girl Child.​ #DayoftheGirl @girlupcampaign @madhuchopra

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Madhu Chopra also said that the first film they produced, Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi, didn’t garner a good reaction from Bollywood and some people even said:

Your mom has gone mad. Why are you all even making Bhojpuri films? It doesn’t go with your brand image.

But the Chopra women were quite confident and believed in their cause. PC’s mom told her that:

You are uplifting a region that needs your attention. You are doing it for a passion and cause. I can say it with great pride that commercial success or business was not on our mind. It was forging a path and becoming an option for new regions.

And look how things worked out so well for Purple Pebble Pictures. They have several projects lined up, including a Bollywood film, being helmed by the director of Pink, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury.

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