Bollywood have waves of trends coming in, and these trends are like seasons, they last long. One such wave that set in was Bollywood actors setting foot in the foreign territories. Not like the trend just set in, but it is now that it has caught up with the audiences. The reasons are simple- two of the Bollywood’s biggest and best actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have signed Hollywood films. It is definitely not first for Bollywood, before them Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah,Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, and Malaika Sherawat have tested the foreign water too. Either it is the time and age that makes these star’s life more vulnerable for public opinion, or rather the actresses have taken the plunge that the many A-list have not.
Talking about entering the Western territories, Shah Rukh Khan maintains that he would rather take his films to the foreign audience than work in a Hollywood project. Many other actors share his thought. But clearly Priyanka and Deepika don’t! Priyanka unlike other actors set her foot in Hollywood with no film or series, but with her music singles- Exotic and In My City. Her songs became chartbusters, and she became a face to reckon. Soon the news of her being offered a television series by ABC broke out. Quantico was the much needed jump Priyanka had wanted, like she says she never asks for roles, she is offered them. A quick think and she took up to shoot the pilot episode of the thriller series. Soon she shot for season one as the lead of the show, leaving her audiences wanting more. While the Quantico season two waits, Priyanka was never to fly home soon. Not letting her fans down, Priyanka flew to-and-fro to promote her Bollywood films, keeping in touch with both her worlds.
Questions set in if she was to settle abroad, but Priyanka kept denying as she loved coming back home. Right when her career was soaring high, Priyanka at the same wanted to stay connected to her own country. She decided she would produce regional films rather than a Bollywood pot boiler. She was sure taking giant steps to her success, and this was only the beginning. Bajirao Mastani was to release during the year end, the comparisons between Priyanka and Deepika had begun right from the time of announcement of the film. The two remained undeterred. They, unlike the many stories we hear of actresses hating each other, worked in harmony making the film appear as magnum opus as they willed. The two show no absolute sign of problems during the shoot, and their in sync dance steps in Pinga told a rather new story of actresses not finding each other to be competition.
The comparisons were not to end there, they continued as Deepika announced her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage. Deepika has been loved since her first film in Bollywood, while she like any other actor had to face highs and lows, Deepika today finds herself at the top of the game. Her ongoing alleged affair with Ranveer Singh had garnered both of them, and the film the much needed attention. The rumours of the two living in together and spending quality time did more for the film than Sanjay Leela Bhansali could himself do. Their striking chemistry left the audiences speechless, and Deepika did break hearts when she came clear about her relationship status.
Priyanka in a land far away was receiving more and more offers post Quantico. She by now had become an integral part of the industry as she walked red carpets, announced an Oscar, and even dubbed for Ms. Marvel. Back home she was announced to have been awarded a Padma Shri. Priyanka’s happiness was not to contain, she soon confirmed about a negative role she will play in Baywatch which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. She has been in the news for good, only recently she was invited to the White House Correspondents dinner.
Priyanka and Deepika started their career at a different period of time, and yet together as they test the foreign waters, the audiences back home await their Bollywood announcements. Whether it is Priyanka or Deepika the competition continues. And as for the results, only time will tell. At the end of the day it is going to be win-win situation for Bollywood.