Producer Priyanka Chopra launches Punjabi film in Toronto

Priyanka Chopra, who is also a producer now, was in Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) for the international launch of her Punjabi feature film Sarvann.

Toronto has a massive Punjabi community and it made perfect business sense to debut the trailer of the Punjabi film here, especially when the film is about reconnecting to the roots (back in India).

The film is about an immigrant family in Canada and their son who’s lost his way and decides to return to India to reconnect with his roots.

The film has been shot in Canada as well as in Chandigarh.

“There are so many of us who leave India and our cities and go away and travel and live in other parts of the world and lose touch with what is home. I really believe that for anyone who’s been displaced from their home, for whatever the reason might be, if you hold onto your roots, you always have a place in the world.” says Priyanka.

Marathi Film ‘Ventilator’

Priyanka Chopra had also produced Marathi film ‘Ventilator’ which did quite well at the box office, and was also critically acclaimed.

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Priyanka Chopra Produces Trash Bhojpuri Movie

For some time now, it looked as if Priyanka Chopra could do no wrong. But finally, Priyanka Chopra finds herself in the middle of a controversy.

Her maiden Bhojpuri production ‘Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi’ (featuring Dineshlal Niarahua and Amrapali Dubey) has angered the connoisseurs of regional cinema ( in Bihar), because of the films ‘raunchy’ contents (the film has lyrics such as Bolah khatiya se khatiya sataiba ki naa – Tell me whether you will get our cots closer).

Says National Award winning director Nitin N Chandraa, “The film is ‘extremely vulgar’. At a time when my mother tongue Bhojpuri is fighting for its existence, Priyanka has not only defamed herself but also besmirched her Padma Shri award by producing a movie like this. She has dishonored the 15-crore Bhojpuri-speaking people by making such a film. I am extremely hurt. I will write an open letter to her.”

However, Priyanka justified her film and called it the ‘requirement’ of regional cinema. “Is Hindi devoid of vulgarity? I am myself fond of such latke-jhatke (thrills and frills) in movies,” she said.

Several regional films filmmakers were hoping that Priyanka Chopra’s foray into Bhojpuri cinema would help the Bhojpuri industry make better movies. But they were disappointed that Priyanka chose to play it safe and followed the beaten track.

The controversy, however, did not deter the Bihar government from felicitating Priyanka at a felicitation ceremony organised by the Bihar State Film Development Corporation.