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Priyanka Chopra Jonas on 'The Sky Is Pink' & Wanting Superpowers | TIFF 2019 | MTV News


– I'm telling you on our honeymoon, Nick and I came up with an amazing TV show – Really? – And we wrote it

Yeah! – [Josh] What's that one? – Well, I can't tell you yet (laughing) It's too soon – [Josh] What happened on that honeymoon? – No, I can't tell you that, (laughing) but like, definitely can't tell you that (laughing) – Pryianka, let's talk about your amazing film Congratulations

– Thank you so much – We were just talking We're both veterans of the Toronto Film Festival It's one of our – Veterans – favorite places to be– – Yes it is

– but this is a special piece of work for you I know it has a lot of meaning for you Talk to me what it's like to bring 'The Sky is Pink' to Toronto this year Well, I'm super excited about many things when it comes to this film One, that it's my first Hindi film that I've also produced

So, being just co-producer on a film that I, like a story that I really wanted to tell makes me really happy The second thing, it's the only movie from Asia to be selected for the Toronto Film Festival for the Gala, which again, makes me really proud, and more than that, it's one of those movies, I've gone back to doing a Hindi film after three years I haven't done one for many years, for a while So, getting to speak the language and that was really fun, but the most special I think is this character and the story and every scene in the movie has really happened, and I got the ability to just sit with the woman that I'm playing, Aditi, and talk to her and understand what, I'm not a mother, but understand the grief of losing a child My director Shonali, who is an epitome of like, she's an amazing filmmaker, female filmmakers, (laughing) but she's incredible and in her hands, she also lost a son and she lost her son at 16, and her take on death is the celebration of life, instead of the mourning of death

So, and that happened to me when I lost my dad We, me and my mom, we chose to celebrate his life, remember his laughter, tell the jokes, instead of being sad about it, and that's what this movie is – What's striking to me as I watch the film, I honestly didn't know much about this young woman, who I know is important to many people, but it's narrated by her and we sort of know the sad the outcome, but it never, it doesn't start there, it is really a celebration right from the start and has this real spirit to it – Spirit to it (laughs) – Well, I didn't mean it that way, but yeah, but it does

– It is narrated by Aisha, who is already dead, and she's like a teenager So, she in her teenage ways like, "Well I'm already dead Get over it," right at the bat So you're like, "Oh, okay" (laughs) So, it's really cute

– So, who was this woman and why is the story, why was the story worth telling? – So, Aisha Chaudhary, who was the young girl who had the disease called severe combined immune deficiency, which is when kids immune systems don't develop when they're born So, a common cold can be fatal They have to be protected She ended up living to 18 She ended up writing a book, just her take on life and her take on her parents was so interesting that her parents, after Aisha died, approach Shonali to make the movie and write the movie because she was their favorite filmmaker, but what happens to a marriage and a family when you lose a child? That's something Shonali dealt with personally

I was extremely curious about as a filmmaker and extremely curious as an actor to sort of understand the decisions, the sacrifices that need to be made by the caretakers What kind of toll does it take on them emotionally, physically, financially? And this story is just like an empathetic perspective of that, and I was so intrigued by it, that it just, I couldn't, I was just like, it's a beautiful character piece for me, I thought – Talk to me a little bit about, so you were mentioning it's the first Hindi language film you've done in a while and it was, you know, you've obviously, in recent years, done television, some big Hollywood movies, was it a conscious decision for you to kind of take a break from that and see what lay here, what opportunities lay in the States and in Hollywood, and was the intent to always kind of mix it up and go back – The intent was to never have to choose between the two I think they're not mutually exclusive and the world of entertainment is a very small place now, especially with streaming, but generally, in itself

So, I never intended on taking a break, but doing a TV show, which was like 11 months in a year, was really hard for me to do a movie back home as well Even though I managed to get one out three years ago, but in between that, I ended up doing a lot more work here, but I was still producing movies back in India, but I knew that I, when I heard this story, I knew that this was the one I wanted to tell it with There was never an intention of having to choose, and I still don't want to While I was filming this movie, I'm now doing two other features here in America for Netflix, so I'm doing a little bit of both – Well, it does feel like, we talk about Netflix and it does seem like more than ever there is, thanks to streaming, other platforms, this interest in global cinema, where the boundaries are gone

You look at 'Roma' last year, 'Parasites' being talked about this year Does it feel to you, now more than ever, that there are less boundaries that there is less of sort of like, "I'm gonna watch my country's movies", and there is more of an openness – I mean there's of course the local charm, which every country will have domestically, but I think that people are curious about cultures now and that's a really beautiful thing to see I was always raised like that My parents always taught me that you know, be curious about people, travel

Travel is the best teacher, and it's so amazing to see people travel through cinema, just us watch 'Roma' and watching movies that come from different countries gives you such an insight to what's happening in that world through storytelling and that's the best form of filmmaking – What do you consume? What do you watch? Do you watch a little bit of everything? – I do, I was watching 'Queer Eye' right now – Okay (laughing) Nice – I'm really moody

I watch, oh my gosh, what's the name of Olivia Wilde's movie, 'Book- – [Josh] 'Booksmart' Amazing, right? – Booksmart', mind-blowing I watched it yesterday, and she's someone I've always admired as an actor and a friend and I was just, first of all, the director's perspective from that movie, just watched it yesterday So, it's super fresh in my brain, but such a beautiful movie So, I'm very eclectic in my tastes of things that I wanna watch

I watched 'Aladdin' recently, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' so I watch a little bit of everything – Have you exposed Indian cinema to your husband and the family? – Oh yeah, well Nick's seen 'The Sky is Pink' and he's not a crier, so when he cries, it's a little like, (laughing) – [Josh] Is that something in his eye, right? – (laughs) I'm looking at him like, "Are you crying?" He's like, "No, you're crying" (laughing) It was so cute, so yes, Nick's seen a few Hindi movies The rest of the fam hasn't yet, but this I guess will be screened for them They just came into my life last year, so it'll take a second

– [Josh] Yeah, baby steps – It'll take just a second – Has he exposed you to any culture that you prior to, weren't into – Yes, he has exposed me to culture, the culture of sports – Okay, how's that going? – Didn't know that very well

I knew it just a little bit, basketball was something I was always really fond of, but outside of that, I didn't know sport very much, and now, because my husband's like a sports fanatic, we go to games all the time, and I'm starting to get into it, so yeah, we've definitely exposed each other to our cultures Nick's culture is sport – Fair enough, fair enough Is there a Bollywood sensibility that is any Hollywood cinema? What is that? How would you define that sensibility? – Well, good question, but Bollywood has turned into a genre, when it's not The west has turned it into a genre

Whereas Bollywood is an entire film industry on its own So, there's action movies, there's drama, like our movie is drama We never break out into song and dance – Right, and the short-end for a lot of people when they think Bollywood is that – Yes, I went to Whole Foods and there was a flavor of popcorn called Bollywood flavored popcorn, and it really made me think how an entire industry can be a flavor

It was probably chicken tikka masala or something, but that's the stereotype, and with the films that I try and do, I want to be able to explain that to people that Bollywood's not one thing So, when you think like 'La La Land' that's not only Bollywood Yes, we do that too and every industry has its own stereotypes If you think about Hollywood, we have so many superhero movies I mean Spiderman gets made every two years

– [Josh] With a different 'Spiderman' – With a different Spiderman (laughs) – Who's Spiderman right now, today guys, by the way? – I can't keep up So, I mean every industry has its stereotypes That's my clarification is basically Bollywood is not a genre

– [Josh] No, fair enough, and so you produced this one, you mentioned– – Co-produced it with two of my oldest friends We've done six movies together on his crew It had Roy Kapur and we've done over time many movies together, and it's the first one I'm co-producing with them – So, what's the mandate? Is there sort of kind of movie you wanna make or is it like whatever just? – I like handling female stories a lot more because someone's gotta do it I like (laughs), – Raise your hand

I'll do it fine – And I'm really happy that a lot more people are doing it, and we're seeing so many female filmmakers coming in to the industry So, that excites me, but also as stories, I wanna be able to tell cross-cultural stories I like the cross-pollination of people I find character pieces really interesting

A genre doesn't matter to me, but something that speaks to you It could be funny It could be, like there's another movie that I'm developing right now with Mindy Kaling– – Yeah, I wanna hear about that Yeah, it's like a wedding kinda thing – Yeah, and that's super funny, like a buddy comedy about just two people and best friends, but what happens with one of them, comes to India, and it really came from my wedding, what happened when Nick's family arrived in India and they're perspective of everything Indian, and it was just so funny when Mindy and I were talking about what happens when Indian families meet and little things that come from it

So, the movie came from that – So, in the middle of the wedding, you're like, "Wait, I've got an idea guys "Hold on, hold on a second" – That does happen Creative people come up with creative things at the weirdest times

– Yeah, I'm excited about that project, well, both projects you just mentioned You're also working with Robert Rodriguez That sounds like a cool project That guy always makes the coolest films – I love him

I mean I was always a fan of the work that he has done, but working with him now, and especially in this movie It's a kid superhero movie It's called 'We Are Heroes' It's for Netflix, but I play the kid's nemesis, which was so much fun These 11 kids are so talented, so good

The six year old, after I gave my first shot for the movie, the six year old girl, Vivian, comes up to me and she goes, "You were very good Priyanka" (laughing) I just felt like I achieved something in life, but it was so incredible working with him and seeing how good he is with children and adults alike So, it was super fun – And an innovator of just, he does everything – He sees everything differently

He works completely differently on his own lot He sees everything He's so creative – And kind of in the superhero adjacent genre a little bit in that film? Is there like a superhero aspect to it or no? – Yes, there is a superhero aspect to it, but not with me – [Josh] Okay, so we still have to check the box for you

– Yes, we do, we do have to check that box – This comes up in conversation with every actor nowadays because it's like the most dominant kind of genre right now – We just talked about it There's superheroes everywhere – Literally

– That's the stereotype – So, does it, as just like an actor that wants to explore everything, is it something that's like, "Yeah, at some point, I gotta" – I just want superpowers, man Just someone, I don't care what character it is, just someone give me superpowers – Maybe we need to like nail it down though and help them out by figuring out what the character is

– I'll be good at anything – [Josh] Wow – I'll try, I'll work, I'll learn I'll be any kind of superpower Telekinesis is great

(laughing) Batman, awesome – Right, because telekinesis all you have to do is just stare intently and they do the rest – Yeah, and I can do a smolder My smolder is great – Let's see it

– Okay, do you wanna see it? – [Josh] Yeah, I'm ready, I'm ready Here we go This is Priyanka Chopra's, whoa – Right (laughs) – [Josh] We need a break guys

That was intense (laughing) I though it was gonna take you 10 seconds to summon it, but it just (snaps) – No, no, I can just bring it on – What are you thinking? What happens? – (laughs) I channel a couple of people at that point, a couple of people that I know have a really amazing smolder My husband does

As a wedding– – What's his smolder look like? – [Priyanka] Exactly what I just did – Let me see one more time – The Rock also has a smolder, but he has an eyebrow smolder (laughing) So, you can see a smolder on a lot of people Mine is a little bit more of a pout and just keeps staring into someone 'till you reach their soul

I know – Leave my soul alone, Priyanka I need it for myself The art of smoldering with Priyanka Chopra This is the new series

– That's a good show – [Josh] I mean, I'd watch it I think I just did – Do it (laughing) – What's the warning from, I think I saw you on the crazy carpet in Miami for 'Baywatch,' that was a unique experience, working with Dwayne

– He's amazing – What do you take out of an experience like that? Whether the film succeeded or whatever on any terms, what's– – I mean just working with such amazing people on such an iconic movie was great I grew up watching 'Baywatch' Everyone did I made friends for life from it, whether it was the director, whether it was so many of the actors, DJ himself, and it's just amazing to work with people like that and do fun stuff

– Who's closer with DJ now, Nick or you? You've both worked with him, obviously – But Nick's doing 'Jumanji' right now, so I would say, I don't know (laughs) What kind of comparison is that? (laughing) We are one now, apparently – Okay, well having said that, and this is probably the most controversial question I'll ask you the entire conversation, how old is your husband, Priyanka? – Well, what is the date of the interview today? (laughing) – [Josh] We're September 7th, what are we? September 7th – So, in just about little bit more than a week, he turns 27

– So for the record, you know – It's two weeks, you guys People make such a big deal out of such small shit – I'm with you – There's so much else going on in the world

– This is the most important thing right now – I'm so important (laughing) Why am I so important, especially for these kind of things? – Do you know old Kevin and Joe are? – I know how old they are If you ask me one of their specific birthdays, actually, I know that too We've become family

While speaking to you, I was like, "Oh" – So for the record, how old's Kevin? – 32? – [Josh] Oh, no – No, I got it wrong – [Josh] 31 – 31? Listen, I always mix up my age a little bit, usually on the decline

(laughing) I kinda stopped at 25 I presume people want to as well Sorry Kevin, I actually thought you were 30 – And by that logic, Joe's 16, right? – Joe's definitely stopped at 16 – He's forever 16

– He's forever 16, always will be, but he's 30 – Amazing, forgive me if I don't know this We were talking about female filmmakers, have you directed? 'Cause talking about all this, that must be an ambition, no? – It's a fear, but an ambition at the same time I really want to direct, but I'm also really afraid of it It takes so much to be a director

I have so much respect for every director I've worked with 'cause you have to see everything You have to know everything When you're on a set, you're literally the captain of it, and that's a lot of responsibility and I wanna do it at some point I just don't know if I have complete confidence in myself yet – My sense from you is that you're goal driven, right? – I am

I'm very goal driven – So, what if I read the secret journals of Priyanka Chopra right now I'm gonna need those later by the way (laughs) What are the top goals, at least professionally right now? Whatever, just for fun to What do you want to accomplish? – Well, I like to achieve goals which are short-term 'cause I feel like if you're short-term goals are excellent, you're life's gonna be excellent anyway

So, it's better than having to worry about what's gonna happen five years later So, in the next one year, I definitely, well I'm gonna finish these two movies that I'm doing this year, but I want to be able to find, I'm developing about five things I wanna be able to find the right homes for them I wanna make sure that my book, which also I'm writing, which is so hard I jinxed it by calling it 'Unfinished

' It's just unfinished (laughing) – But that'll make you finish it because it's now out there – That's when it has to come out So, all of those things I making small time goals right now to be versatile in everything I do

Tech is something I'm really interested in at the moment

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