Priyanka Chopra has honoured Stateside once again as the voice of a charming animated Asian character, Ishani, in Walt Disney’s new upcoming release entitled Planes.
The movie which is a spin-off of the Cars franchise, is the first of the Planes series. From beyond the world of Cars, the actress stars in the family entertainment film alongside Teri Hatcher and Dane Cook.
Crossing over the pond from Bollywood to Hollywood, the actress-turned-singer conveys a diverse side of her acting abilities.
DisneyToon Planes revolves around the adventure on a small-town crop-dusting plane, Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook), who has a dream to compete as a high-flying air racer.
Conversely, he faces two problems. The first, he isn’t built for racing and second, he is also afraid of heights. Skipper Riley (voiced by Stacy Keach), a seasonal naval aviator offers his assistance to take on the defending champion of the villainous racing circuit called Ripslinger (voiced by Roger Craig Smith).
Dusty who has never flown above 1,000 feet grasps his courage as he is put to the test as he sets his eyes on to meet his goals and reach heights he has never thought imaginable.
Speaking about the animated movie, director Klay Hall said: “I think people will really relate to the film because it’s a great underdog story.”
He added that the story holds a message within itself which relates to us all: “If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear is holding us back, we’d be surprised with the results,” Klay added.
Priyanka voices the character of a Pan-Asian champion from India called Ishani. Smooth and elegant, nonetheless her precise competitiveness and talent grasps attention from an army of devoted fans, comprising one racer who turns to Ishani for assistance.
Making comparison between herself and her character, Priyanka said:
“She’s sassy and she really wants to win a world championship, but she has a really good heart. Ishani is so much like me. She is Indian, eloquent, well-spoken and sexy. Having worked on more than 40 films, it’s so rewarding to literally breathe life into a character like Ishani. I’m very passionate about my work.”
As Priyanka plays the love interest of the main lead Dusty, her involvement in the Disney animation has to be one of her most thrilling projects to date as she says:
“Disney is one of my favourite movie makers of all time. I love all Disney movies. In my head, I’m Tinkerbell. I’m a fairy and if I could be anybody, I’d be Tinkerbell with magic dust. So it was the closest I could come to being a Disney princess I think was Ishani.”
“The beauty of doing an animation film was I had to basically create Ishani’s character, and her expressions were based on my expressions,” Priyanka added.
“I put in a lot of myself into Ishani. I think because she’s this tough girl in competing in the world of boys. She’s easy on the eyes, you know, but at the same time she’s tough and she’s a champion and I think that’s what I wanna be. A champion who’s easy on the eyes.”
Nonetheless, Priyanka was adamant that she would not fall into the Hollywood trap and perform as ‘the typical Indian’: “Because she was an Indian plane, I didn’t want to give her an exaggerated Indian accent which ends up happening in a lot of stereotyped Indian characters that I see.
“I wanted her to be the way we speak, you know, which is the way I speak. And [Klay Hall] was totally cool with that. But I did add a few Indian words here and there. Hindi words and expressions because I wanted her to be very unique to the culture that we come from. I wanted to keep it real,” she said.
But perceptibly, Priyanka didn’t give up her Indian heritage completely. In an exciting musical feature, Priyanka pays homage to Bollywood with a romantic track which set over the Taj Mahal.
In the movie, her character Ishani breaks into a Bollywood style with the song Fly High which is sung by Priyanka herself.
The stunning and enigmatic Ishani is full of surprises, with her eye is always embattled on the prize. Priyanka said:
“From the first time that the team from Disney proposed that I sing ‘Fly High’, I was hugely excited. I love the song and believe that it is a great way to introduce audiences across the world to my character Ishani.”
The DisneyToon Studios movie will be released for the first time theatrically on August 9, 2013 but will be in cinemas in the UK on August 16.
As directed by Klay Hall, the movie has an extensive cast with the voices of Priyanka Chopra, Dane Cook, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, Brent Musburger, Cedric the Entertainer, Carlos Alazraqui, Val Kilmer, Sinbad, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Brad Garret, Stacy Keach, Anthony Edwards, John Ratzenberger Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Danny Mann, Gabriel Iglesias and Oliver Kalkofe.