Priyanka Chopra on films, music and stereotypes

PriyankaActress Priyanka Chopra, who voices the character of Ishani, poses at the world premiere of Planes at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California. (Reuters)

With her music and film career expanding outside of Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra says she is now in a position to change common misconceptions that people may have about India.

The actress plays an eye-catching animated racing airplane in Disney's global adventure Planes and her step into Hollywood coincides with her foray into pop music.

What drew you to take on the voice role of Ishani in Disney's animated film Planes?

"When Disney approached me for the movie, it was just a script and I've always wanted to be, well, every girl has always wanted to be a Disney princess, we all have our favorites so in my head I'm a Disney fairy, Tinkerbell, so I was really excited about the fact that Disney had come to me with this movie and when I read Ishani's part, I loved the fact that she had such a big graft in her character, she becomes a little bad then she's a little good, so I love that, it was really exciting to do an animation movie."

How important was it to have an Indian character in this film?

"This is a very global movie, you have characters from all across the world and I think for kids, it's great to understand that there's so many different kinds of culture and people out there. I think it's a great message and I'm really happy that India was one of those parts which were that important to be a part of the movie."

What drew you to make the transition from Bollywood to Hollywood?

"For me, it's really not a transition ... it's an expansion of my creativity, I mean that's all you want to do is to grow in life and for me I'm doing music, which is something I've never done before and if I do a movie, which I'm doing with 'Planes', it's something I've never done before, I'm just challenging myself more than ever, so I don't really see this as a transition."

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