Confirmed! Priyanka Chopra to play Kalpana Chawla in the astronaut’s biopic

Priyanka Chopra, Kalpana Chawla

Priyanka Chopra, Kalpana Chawla

Finally, we’ll see desi girl onscreen again! Like we’ve already seen Priyanka Chopra slay the red carpet in her international rendezvous, Baywatch trailers, Quantico and stuff like that. However, after Jai Gangaajal, the actress has finally signed her next Bollywood project and yes, it’s every bit exciting! For quite a long time now, reports of her considering quite a lot of films were going on. However, the longest rumour (which has now become truth) is her bagging Kalpana Chawla’s biopic. The diva has just returned from USA in this weekend and looks like she has arrived with a mission. A mission to sign a Bollywood film and finally sizzle onscreen in the Indian terrain. The project will be helmed by debutant Priya Mishra, who has been in talks with the diva’s team for quite a while now. She told Mid-Day, “I have been working on it for the past seven years. A new production banner will back the project.”

Turns out, the filmmaker has been in touch with Chawla’s parents and discussed this project as well. She further added, “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.” On the same, a source has added that the venture will be promoted on an international scale. “The film will be mounted on an international scale. A new production company, Getway, is likely to produce the biopic,” said the source.

It is a great project considering it talks about the life of India’s first woman astronaut who went into outer space. Hailing from Karnal, Haryana, Kalpana made the nation proud with her achievements as an astronaut. She came to a tragic end in 2003, February, during her second expedition with six crew members, when the space shuttle exploded. None of the passengers survived. Chawla had spend 31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in space before the catastrophe occurred. To this date, her name is famous for being the first Indian woman to have travelled in space. It is a matter of pride, after all. This will be Priyanka’s second biopic, after Mary Kom.

It would be interesting to see her portray the role of the astronaut, whom, a lot of children look upto. Are you excited to see PeeCee as Kalpana Chawla? Tell us in the comments section below.

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