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Priyanka to play Jaya in new Zanjeer

Remake of the 1973 blockbuster will feature the actress playing the street smart female lead albeit in a 21st Century setting

Speculations that Priyanka Chopra has been sidelined by the industry courtesy a certain powerful clique may now be put to rest. Mirror has learnt that in the upcoming remake of the 1973 blockbuster Zanjeer to be directed by Apoorva Lakhia, the actress has bagged the coveted role essayed by Jaya Bachchan in the original film.

For her part in the new age Zanjeer that is set against an oil mafia backdrop, it is rumoured that Priyanka has been offered a cool Rs 11 crore.

The film co-produced by Prakash Mehra’s son Amit Mehra and Reliance Entertainment will go on floors on April 13 at Film City.

We’ve learnt that Priyanka, who met the creators of the remake a few days ago, is up for the challenge and will mostly give her nod of approval soon.

She will play a NRI cafe owner, who is spunky and bold. A friend of the actress said, “It’s a big coincidence that she has been asked for three Amitabh Bachchan remakes Don, Agneepath and now this.”

The friend added, “Priyanka has seen Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer several times. She is very excited about this offer and is fast working out her dates for it.”

While Priyanka remained unavailable for comment, her spokesperson confirmed the news, “Priyanka has been approached for the film,” adding, “But she is still to take a final decision.”


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