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Why is Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas considering learning Arabic?

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<p>Aged 18, Indian celebrity Priyanka Chopra was crowned Miss World in the 2000 pageant. It was to mark the start of a glittering career which has since seen her act, sing, write and mentor young performers.</p> <p>In recent years, Time magazine named her one of the100 Most Influential People in the World, whilst Forbes listed her amongst the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.</p> <p>With tens of movie credits to her name, she’s become one of the Hindi film industry’s most popular on-screen stars. </p> <p>However, she modestly describes herself as, “an artist and dreamer”, with a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt.</p> <p>When asked about the comparisons between the US and Hindi film industries, Chopra made a timely observation. </p> <p>“The machinery is the same, you’ve got to be on set,” she told Inspire Middle East’s Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham. “The big difference, the glaring difference for me, was how much on time people are in Hollywood. It’s a little bit different than us back in India. It’s called ‘Indian Standard Time’ for a reason.” </p> <p>The actress admits to loving aspects of both Bollywood and Hollywood, even though she feels like something of a newcomer in Los Angeles, compared to her home market. </p> <p>“I’m just starting out my journey in Hollywood, I’m just a couple of years old, just a few movies old,” she says. “Whereas I’ve had almost 20 years in Bollywood and have worked in almost sixty movies there. So, it’s an unfair comparison a little bit.”</p> <h2>Arabia awaits</h2> <p>Chopra’s bread-and-butter roles have so far come from India’s prolific film industry, but acting in Middle Eastern movie productions, even in Arabic, isn’t something she’s ruling out. </p> <p>“I would love to, but I don’t speak the language. Damn!” she jokingly remarked. “But no, I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I had to.” </p> <p>Social media is an important communication channel for Chopra, who has more than 54 million followers on Instagram. </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/117/12/1171231/1600x900_bonus-s3e29-ime-bb1-310720.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Priyanka Chopra participates in the WHO’s hand wash challenge</em></p> <p>The actress, who is asthmatic, used the platform to share doctor’s advice to limit the spread of <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 at the start of the pandemic, as she undertook the <a href="https://www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/safehands-challenge/handwashing-challenge">WHO’s handwash challenge</a>.</p> <p>Chopra says she doesn’t underestimate the power her words have and feels humbled that her online audience is listening.</p> <p>“I feel extremely grateful and blessed that I have something to say, that people want to hear,” she told Euronews. “Or that people find me curious enough, through my work, to have gotten to know me as a person as well, not just what I play. </p> <h2>Jonas bonus</h2> <p>A huge amount of media interest was sparked by Chopra’s marriage to 27-year-old American singer and actor Nick Jonas in 2018. </p> <p>The 37-year-old star says that whilst they value their privacy, they understand the public interest comes with their respective jobs. </p> <p>“It’s the nature of the beast as we believe, and we’ve both chosen very public professions,” Chopra muses. “I distinctively choose what I like to share with the world and what I don’t like to share always remains private to me.” </p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/117/12/1171231/1600x900_bonus-s3e29-ime-bb2-310720.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Priyanka Chopra with her husband Nick Jonas</em></p> <p>Chopra has a busy couple of years ahead, not least with upcoming film projects including the Matrix 4. She’s also working on an unscripted series about the colourful, music-filled, Indian pre-marriage ceremony ‘sangeet’, with her husband Jonas. </p> <p>“I’m going to start filming for my new series for Amazon which is being produced by the Russo brothers, and I have a romantic comedy that I’m doing. It’s actually a buddy comedy with Mindy Kaling,” says Chopra. “After that, I’m developing a show with my husband, which is, again, for Amazon. It’s based on an Indian tradition of sangeet. There’s lots of things, I’m writing a book. There’s many, many things that are happening right now.” </p> <p>In the meantime, and whilst Chopra and her famous hubby remain self-isolated together in the United States, they’ve promised to continually communicate with their fans. </p> <p>All of which would seem to suggest that this dynamic duo, won’t be saying goodbye to social media or the spotlight, anytime soon. </p> <h2><span class="caps">SEEN</span> ON <span class="caps">SOCIAL</span> <span class="caps">MEDIA</span>: <span class="caps">STORYTELLING</span></h2> <p>Palestinian filmmaker Omar says he hopes to tell “stories of love and humanity” through cinema.</p> <p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B3Rgp4JDmMN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; 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