Who says actors are self-obsessed narcissists? The way Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao have decided to step back to let their relatively unknown co-star Adarsh Gourav take to the limelight in The White Tiger, is a lesson for many others.
It is reliably learnt that Priyanka and Rajkummar took a conscious decision to let Adarsh take centrestage.
“See, they knew from the start that The White Tiger was Adarsh Gourav’s film. They knew it was his film from the moment they agreed to get on board in the project. Director Ramin Bahrani is a formidable talent. He was not going to increase Priyanka’s role just because she’s a global star. From the start she and Raj knew the extent of their parts. And they were okay with Gourav taking centrstage in the film, and now in the promotions,” informs a source close to the project.
Gourav is dazed by all the attention that he’s getting and how comfortable Priyanka made him feel all through the making of the film. She introduced Gourav to the American media as the star of the show.
Shall we say, hats off to Ms Chopra for breaking the myth of the jealous insider versus the nervous anxious insecure outsider?
I remember Simi Garewal telling me a aorrendous story from the start of her career about meeting a very beautiful young star and her even more beautiful mother at a party. They greeted Simi with a frosty smile and a few pleasant words. Simi was in one of the cubicles in the washroom when the star-daughter and star-mother walked in. “Why do you even have to talk to HER?She’s a nobody,” the mother muttered angrily to the star daughter while Simi wept silently.
Blessedly those days of insecure stars are over, Priyanka Chopra represents the democratic welcoming spirit that I missed when I became a film writer. One of my first editors had advised me, “You are from Bihar why don’t you try Hindi journalism?”
Dhanavayaad, but no dhanvyavaad.
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