Confirmed! Priyanka Chopra to star in Kalpana Chawla’s biopic

Priyanka Chopra’s next Bollywood film has been a mystery for quite sometime now. The actress, who was in the USA for almost 8 months, returned to Mumbai last week. After her last stint in Bollywood with “Jai Gangaajal”, Priyanka was focusing on her American show “Quantico” and her Hollywood debut film “Baywatch”.

Priyanka Chopra to play Kalpana Chawla

If reports doing the rounds are anything to go by, then actress  to play the role of astronaut Kalpana Chawla in a biopic directed by a newcomer, Priya Mishra. The biopic was announced by Viacom 18 last year, but the cast was not finalised then.

Then some reports stated that Priyanka wants to produce the biopic under her banner Purple Pebble Pictures. However, it is now learnt that a new production house will produce the film. “The film will be mounted on an international scale. A new production company, Getway is likely to produce the biopic,” a source was quoted by Mid Day.

Priya confirmed the news to a leading tabloid saying, “I have been working on it for the past seven years. A new production banner will back the project. I was last heading a TV channel creatively and post 2011, quit to pursue filmmaking. This is one of the two scripts that I have written.”

Priya has also met Kalpana’s parents several times as part of her research for the film.

“The film will be mounted on an international scale. A new production company, Getway, is likely to produce the biopic,” the tabloid quoted a source as saying.

Kaplana Chawla was the first Indian woman astronaut in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. She spent 31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space.

Meanwhile, Priyanka is back from the US after shooting for the second season of her television show ‘Quantico‘. She is currently in the city to promote her Hollywood debut film ‘Baywatch’.


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