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Priyanka rubbishes suicide claims


Breaking her silence on former manager Prakash Jaju’s claims on her alleged suicide attempts, actress Priyanka Chopra says he should not have been given attention by the media as his statements were not authentic. “This is utter… First of all, it’s so sad that Indian media has given credibility to the man, who was in jail because of harassing me, without checking the history who the person is. So, I have nothing to say because there is no credibility to this person, who media is giving credibility to,” she said.

While many people believe that Priyanka Chopra owes her success to her team, the Bollywood actress, who is now a globally recognised face due to her stint in American TV series “Quantico” and soon to release Hollywood film “Baywatch”, says that the credit for her work goes “only and solely” to her and nobody else.

“I do have a phenomenal team because they handle two continents of my scheduling and more than anything else, they make sure that nobody gets pissed off because I am spread too thin,” Priyanka, who was in the Capital for a day to receive her Padma Shri honour from President Pranab Mukherjee.

“But having said that, I feel that I am destiny’s favourite child. I have made sure that whatever opportunity comes my way, I give my heart and soul to it. So the credit of my work goes only and solely to me because I am the one who stands in front of the camera between action and cuts and nobody else does,” she said, while adding that people take credit away from women who put in hard work.

“People take credit away from working girls by giving it to somebody else, saying, ‘Isko toh banaya hai’ (her success has been made by others), but my question is, ‘Koi aur kyu nahi bana abhi tak’ (Why someone else hasn’t made it yet)” Priyanka questioned.

So, with her international projects, does she feel like a newcomer abroad? “It’s a very strange dichotomy with me because even for them, they don’t know how to treat me. In most places where I go or the films that I do, they know I am a big star from another part of the world. I have people waiting for me when I am shooting, but they don’t know me,” Priyanka said, while adding that stardom should not be “announced before you walk in”, it should be a discovery.

“What I am enjoying is people discovering me. They are discovering and saying, ‘What is the fuss around this girl, why are people standing outside to see her shooting in Montreal. Lets go and Google her and then they Google me and find out who I am’,” she said.