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'The hardest thing was dyeing my hair red!'

Priyanka Chopra is back. And how.

Sure, with box-office hits Krrish and Don already under her size-23 belt, the former Miss World stayed out of the limelight in 2007, notching a major role only in Big Brother. But peruse the 2008 release list, see it littered with her name, and you realise the time wasn't spent idly.

The Uttar Pradesh-native has been in Miami, Mumbai and more, shooting for a full slate of films: Love Story 2050, Chamku, God Tussi Great Ho, Drona and Dostana.

This weekend, Priyanka dazzled on-set in Lower Parel, Mumbai, while shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion. And though the film's star list is rather heady -- Kangana Rangaut, Neil Mukesh and Mugdhe Godse -- Priyanka's clearly the main attraction, with journalists and cameramen perpetually buzzing around her trailer, hoping to steal a glimpse.

The rumours that she's shed a few kilos for the role appear to have merit, as Priyanka, wearing high-heels and a hip-hugging ivy-coloured cocktail dress, sports a figure that'd turn Milan's top supermodels green with envy.

In between shots, other interviews, and make-up, Priyanka chatted up Matthew Schneeberger, sharing her thoughts on Love Story 2050, her friendship with co-star Harman Baweja and what the future has in store for her.

In Love Story 2050, do you feel you've finally been given the opportunity to show your full talent? Did playing two roles -- not to mention the added time-jump element -- make you schizophrenic?

(Laughs) I haven't been asked that one yet. No, it didn't make me crazy! I've known about the film from the start, and I think that I also really understand both characters. So, while it was a challenge, it was always fun. I never felt overwhelmed or confused. It wasn't difficult to switch from one character to the other. In fact, the hardest thing was dyeing my hair red, it was really rough on it! [After shooting] I had to cut off a few inches, because my hair was so fried.

As for showing talent, every role presents unique opportunities. This one was particularly rewarding.


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