Birthday girl Pooja Chopra has come a long way since her Bollywood debut in 2013 with the Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘Commando’. She is slowly but gradually proving her mettle in the industry with her choice of films and performances. In an exclusive chat with ETimes, the actress opened up about the change of content in Bollywood, actors who inspire her, genres she wishes to explore, and more. Excerpts…
Due to the advent of OTT, there has been a significant shift in the type of content that is being produced. How do you look at this change?
Due to the advent of OTT, I think boundaries have sort of widened for actors. First there was only TV and films. Now, there is OTT too. The kind of content that is being created is amazing. We have access to some exceptional international content. I remember watching some Korean and Spanish films recently and they are great. We, as an industry, are all pushing our boundaries. Even the audience has become more intelligent. They don’t want to watch run-of-the-mill films anymore; they want good content. It is not only hero-driven films that function and do well at the box-office.
As an actor, I want to be a part of some good content. I want to tell good stories. It is a great shift in the minds of people. It is a great time for all of us in general. I am quite competitive when it comes to putting my best foot forward. Recently, I watched ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Malcolm and Marie’ and they were so good! As an actor, that inspires me to not only put my best foot forward but be better than the best. There are actors outside who have pushed boundaries and broken the glass ceilings and gone way far.
Any genre that you are very keen on trying your hands on?
I have been fortunate enough to have tried my hands in different genres in my career–comedy, drama, and thriller. The one space that I haven’t tried my hands at is action. ‘Commando’ was an action film but I didn’t have any action scenes in the movie. I am a fitness enthusiast so I would definitely like to put that to test. I would love to do an action film, hopefully soon.
We have many actresses in Bollywood who were ex-beauty queens. Who inspires you the most and in what way?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Sushmita Sen are all exceptionally talented. They all have inspired me at different stages of my life. In the stage that I am right now, I think Priyanka Chopra is a huge inspiration for me. The kind of boundaries she has touched and the places she has been and continues to be, is the kind of space I don’t think any actor has been able to achieve. It is huge for our Indian film industry. I don’t know who next would be able to touch that goal and milestone but she has set the standard really high and kudos to her for that.