Priyanka Chopra is not only one of the top Hindi film actresses we have today; she is also a Miss World winner, National Award winner, poet, singer and writer.
Priyanka Chopra was born on the 18th of July, 1982 in Jamshedpur, Bihar. Priyanka lives with her parents and her brother. Her parents are doctors; her father Ashok Chopra was a doctor in the Indian Army and is an accomplished singer. Her father is a Punjabi, while her mother is from Bihar. Priyanka has a brother, Sidharth who is younger to her by 7 years. He recently graduated from his catering and hotel management course in Switzerland. Priyanka’s fraternal cousin Parineeta Chopra is another budding actor in Bollywood, who has already made her mark with her first two movies.
With Brother, Sidharth
With Cousin, Parineeta
Since her father was in the army, Priyanka had to move around quite a bit during her formative years. She has studied in La Martiniere Girls’ School in Lucknow. She moved to US to study in the Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts and then in the John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She moved back to India to complete her schooling from Army Public School in Bareilly. It was when she had applied to the Jai Hind College for her graduation studies that she got the call for the Miss India pageant and then there was no looking back.
A Young Priyanka
Miss India Runner-up
She was a runner up at the Miss India competition along with Dia Mirza while Lara Dutta won the crown that year. Priyanka went on ahead to win the Miss World crown in 2000 despite a controversial answer to the last crucial question thrown by one of the judges. The other two girls too, won internationally in their respective categories.
Priyanka first entered the film industry from the South in the Tamil film Thamizan in 2002 with Tamil Superstar Vijay, which turned out to be moderately successful.
Her Bollywood debut was in the movie The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. This Anil Sharma directed movie had Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in the lead roles. This movie was touted to be the most expensive Bollywood movie of that year.
In The Hero: Love Story of a Spy
Priyanka Chopra’s first big hit was Andaaz, which had fellow Miss India contestant Lara Dutta and Akshay Kumar. The role in this movie fetched her Filmfare Best Female Debut. And a star was born.
Unlike many new actresses, Priyanka took the risk of playing an adulterous scheming woman early in her career, in the 2004 Abbas- Mustan film Aitraaz. Her bold and sexy take of a vindictive and sexually manipulative woman got her the Filmfare Best Villain Award; only the second woman after Kajol to get an award for this category. Even with established stars like Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in the movie, Priyanka managed to hold her own and even managed to garner more attention than the others.
Priyanka had a mixed innings at the box office for the next few years with hit movies such as David Dhawan’s comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karoge in 2004. 2004 also saw some of her flop movies like Plan and Asambhav being released and given thumbs down by critics and regular movie goers.
In Mujhse Shaadi Karoge
2005 saw the release of many Priyanka starrer films. Out of which only Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster! were moderate successes. It was during the shooting of Bluffmaster! Priyanka acquired the nickname of ‘Piggy Chops’ from her co-stars and which continues to follow her.
Krrish was a sci-fi movie that was directed by Rakesh Roshan and also had Hrithik Roshan in the lead role. This movie was a sequel to the super hit Koi… Mil Gaya. This movie too, was loved by all. Farhan Akhtar’s Don in 2006 saw Priyanka in her action avatar wherein she did her own action stunts in the movie and looked good doing them. This movie was a big hit too.
2008 was great year for Priyanka Chopra only towards the fag end of that year. 2007 and the main part of 2008 had Priyanka delivering flops such as Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love which had an ensemble cast, and the disastrous futuristic romantic film Love Story 2050. It was also the year when she finally established her credentials as a superb actress; her intensity as Meghna Mathur, small town girl who makes it big only to get lost in the big bad world of modeling, was appreciated by all in the Madhur Bhandarkar directed film Fashion and which fetched her the National Film Award for Best Actress and a Filmfare Award for Best Actress too. This year saw the release of the commercially successful romantic comedy film Dostana which had Priyanka playing the love interest of three men- Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Bobby Deol as well.
Priyanka’s deglamorised role of a middle class yet fiery Maharashtrian girl in the Vishal Bharadwaj film Kaminey in 2009 won her many admirers. The same year saw the release of another Priyanka starrer; the Ashutosh Gowarikar directed What’s Your Raashee? This movie had Priyanka essaying 12 different roles while Harman Baweja played the leading man. This record breaking feat of Priyanka didn’t impress the movie goers and most ignored it.
In What’s Your Raashee?
She became a television host with the action TV reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi after replacing the previous host and anchor, Akshay Kumar. 2010 also saw the release of Jugal Hansraj’s film Pyaar Impossible and Siddharth’s film Anjaana Anjaani which had Priyanka looking great but finding no takers in the audience.
In TV’s Khatron Ke Khiladi
Her depiction of a serial husband killer in Vishal Bharadwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf in 2011 was chillingly effective enough to fetch her Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Though the film had mixed reviews, Priyanka’s work was appreciated.
7 Khoon Maaf
2012 saw Priyanka reprise her action role as Roma in the Shahrukh Khan starrer and Farhan Akhtar directed film Don 2. Agneepath ,a Hrithik Roshan starrer and a tribute to the previous Amitabh Bachchan starrer of the same name, turned into a humongous hit which managed to hit the 100 crore bracket. The Kunal Kohli directed Teri Meri Kahaani was also released this year to a limp response from the public. This romantic drama which was actually a set of three love stories based in three different generations didn’t set the cash registers ringing.
Just like her father, Ashok Chopra, Priyanka Chopra is a singer, though unlike him she has trained as western classical singer. She now plans to launch her singing career with a bang. She has signed a worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music and Desi Hits to record and release her first music album. The songs in the album will be written by her and sung in English; it will have around ten pop songs and will release worldwide, sometime in 2012.
Pop Princess Priyanka
Priyanka has managed to stay afloat even with some controversies linked with her. She was rumoured to be in a relationship with Akshay Kumar and her telephone bill was leaked to the media detailing phone calls between the two. She has not signed any film with him since the story broke out. She then had to deal with a vengeful secretary, Prakash Jaju who had been allegedly stalking and threatening her and the police had to be involved to deal with him. Priyanka’s cat fights with female stars like Kareena are a grist for the rumour mill. Recently her alleged closeness to Shahrukh Khan caused a lot of upheaval among the film industry denizens. She has also been liked with Harman Baweja, Shahid Kapoor among others. Priyanka is known for her professionalism and she has conducted herself in her profession with sincerity.
With Shahid Kapoor