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Priyanka Chopra

When Priyanka got into the film industry, things weren't working out for her. She had signed a few films, including the ones with Abbas-Mustan and Mahesh Manjrekar.

In spite of being beautiful, people were not sure whether she could act or not. She was going through a rough phase.

I happened to meet her in Sun City, South Africa, and decided to shoot her. I did several shoots with her. I circulated her photographs to various directors/producers in the industry. I thought she was brilliant and told them so.

My advice to her was: 'You are Priyanka Chopra, and you should behave like Priyanka Chopra.' She carved her own identity.

Then Pravin Prasad, who made Hero with Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta, saw Priyanka's photos and took her in the film.

Then she got Suneel Darshan's Andaaz. Now suddenly, she has become a big star. Now, the same film industry really wants her.

From that low phase to what she is today, Priyanka has come a long way. She grabbed the opportunity, and tasted success. Today, she is one of the top women in Bollywood. We share a great equation.

In my picture, I capture different sides to her. In one, she looks fragile, pretty, vulnerable and fresh. In another, she looks hot, aggressive, sensuous, suggestive.

She can depict all these emotions. People think of Priyanka as attractive, not beautiful. In my photographs, I capture both.

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