Shiv Khandelwal: Priyanka doesn’t try to be a diva, she is one
How does she do this? That has been the one question playing on every fan's mind as Priyanka Chopra Jonas served one statement look after another, year on year, at the Met Gala.
Guess now we have the answer. Creative director-cinematographer Shiv Khandelwal, who was part of the five-member team that shot the behind-the-scenes video of her 2023 Met Gala
appearance, gives us a peek into the fun and frenzy that went into styling her. “This was the biggest fashion moment, and I had to capture it in all its glory. But when I entered
the room, I felt I should capture her energy," begins Khandelwal, the only Indian on the team. This year, Chopra chose a black Valentino gown with a thigh-high slit. She knew just
the thing to add to the dazzle — an 11.6 carat diamond Bulgari necklace, priced at a whopping Rs 204 crore. Shiv Khandelwal Often, a behind-the-scenes video is not always organic
since actors may put up a facade to further their public image. But Chopra is not one of them. Khandelwal says she is as spirited in her private space as she is in front of her
audience. “Priyanka knows what she wants, and is authentic. Even as she tried on her necklace, standing in front of the mirror, she was all raw and real. There was no faking it.
One reason could be because her team makes her comfortable. She doesn't try to be a diva; she is one. But at the same time, she has no tantrums. There's a lot of warmth to her."
Having her husband Nick Jonas and daughter Malti Marie added to the homely atmosphere of the New York hotel suite, where she was preparing for the fashion extravaganza. Recalling a
"raw" moment between the couple, he says, "As we walked downstairs, there was a frenzy [outside the hotel], [Amid the commotion]There was a moment when Priyanka and Nick looked
into each other's eyes, as if saying, 'Okay, ready.' That was a raw moment between them." Also Read: Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she would sacrifice her career for daughter Malti