Priyanka Chopra walked the red carpet at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival’s premiere of DON 2 all by herself sans a male escort to match her ‘leading lady status’. She was in a translucent sari strewn with zardozi trinkets and a border to match, providing the winter-struck Berliners a warm glimpse of her well-chiseled physical assets. She also wore a wide smile, signed autographs, and performed all her duties with as much enthusiasm she could muster in her awkward circumstances. What she could not hide was the fact she was ill at ease and a bit out of place and lonely.
|PRIYANKA CHOPORA AT BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL|
No lead actress of a film would have felt so ignored at a red carpet event ever. She was almost being shunned and shunted, for whatever reasons. She was not even seen in the post-screening party of the film that was briefly attended by Shahrukh Khan. The only occasion she was seen with her hero was when she went on stage after the film’s screening. She rarely moved her legs when the King made others perform some signature DON 2 moves. SRK did not even insist on her doing so.
The absence of Shahrukh Khan at the DON 2 press conference had turned it into a non-event thus denying Priyanka a chance to share the Berlin limelight with the badshah of Bollywood. Berlin does not seem to suit our Ms. World. Last year her film 7 KHOON MAAF was in the Berlinale panorama. She could not make it to the screening that time reportedly because she was not asked by Vishal Bhardwaj to join him. Bhardwaj made a brief appearance during the screening and disappeared. The media largely ignored the film’s screening then.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)