The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The India-born actress and producer grew up not with stars in her eyes, but a clear focus on matriculating to be an aeronautical engineer. She took a detour after she won the Miss World 2000 pageant. Courted by Bollywood, she made her Bollywood debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy the following year. She found a talent for acting, singing and dancing, and had an illustrious run in such hits as Andaaz. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Aitraaz and numerous other films. Chopra Jonas was then courted by Hollywood. She spent several years starring in the ABC thriller Quantico, and her eye now is squarely on producing and starring in features. She has a strong turn in the Ramin Bahrani-directed adaptation of the Aravind Adiga novel The White Tiger, a satirical drama about a young man determined to elevate from his place in India as servant to master. Netflix released the film today.
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