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Priyanka Chopra To Play Astronaut Kalpana Chawla in Her Next Bollywood Film

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Written by Mansi Gupta

Desi girl is back in tinsel town. After being away for so long from her home, Priyanka Chopra is back in the country and is all geared up to start shooting for her next Bollywood film. Her American daily, Quantico, and Hollywood debut, Baywatch, have been keeping her away from tinsel town for quite some time now. Last seen as a cop in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal, released early last year, PeeCee has returned home and has signed her next Bollywood project. And if reports are to be believed, she is all set to play late Indian- American Astronaut, Kalpana Chawla in her next film. Still untitled, the film will be a biopic of the astronaut to be directed by debutant Priya Mishra.

Apparently, this biopic of Kalpana Chawla was being announced a few years back. And the titular role was offered to Priyanka. But due to her prior commitments, she was not able to commit dates for this film. Now the actress has finally decided to come on board and the shooting will start anytime soon. Priyanka being a global star now, this project will be mounted on a large international scale. Priyanka’s team has already started the pre-production work of the film and reports suggest that a new production company, Gateway, has been signed to bankroll the film.

After playing the Olympian Mary Kom in her biopic, this will be Priyanka’s second biopic. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman astronaut in space. She was born in Karnal, Haryana and completed her aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. After completing her engineering, she moved to the US in 1982 and started working with NASA in 1988. She was a part of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia, which went into space in 1997. This was her second expedition and unfortunately the last one also, as the shuttle exploded in outer space while returning back to Earth. She had spent 31 days, 14 hours and 54 minutes in outer space.

While this biopic on Kalpana Chawla is still in the pre-production stage, Priyanka is busy promoting her debut Hollywood film, Baywatch which is scheduled to release in May. She will be seen playing a character with a grey shade in the film which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Ivan Reitman.

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