One of Bollywood’s most talented actresses, Priyanka Chopra has come a long way in her career. She has not just proved her mettle as an actor but has also showed her talent in music. The actress gained immense popularity as FBI rookie Alex Parrish in her American TV show Quantico which had a successful first season run.
From walking the red carpet at prestigious award shows (like the Oscars) to winning top awards (like the People’s Choice Award) to dining with the Obamas, Priyanka has done it all this year.
As Priyanka starts filming the second season we take a look at her illustrious career in picturesPriyanka was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar to physician parents Dr Ashok and Madhu Chopra. Her father died after a long battle with cancer in 2013. She also has a younger brother Siddharth.03Priyanka’s cousins Parineeti and Meera Chopra are also Bollywood actresses.The daughter of an army officer, Priyanka had to change schools constantly. At 13, Priyanka moved to the US to study and lived with her aunt for three years. She eventually returned to India and completed the final year of her high school from Bareilly’s Army Public School.05While in Bareilly, Priyanka won the May Queen beauty pageant organised by the army. There was no looking back after that and she went on to finish runner up at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000. She captured international attention when she became Miss World in 2000, the crown fetching her a one-way ticket to Bollywood.While in Bareilly, Priyanka won the May Queen beauty pageant organised by the army. There was no looking back after that and she went on to finish runner up at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000. She captured international attention when she became Miss World in 2000, the crown fetching her a one-way ticket to Bollywood.06Priyanka debuted in Bollywood with 2002’s Hero: Love Story of a Spy opposite Sunny Deol. Riding high on Sunny Deol’s previous blockbuster, Gadar – Ek Prem Katha, everybody expected the film to break records. Unfortunately for Priyanka and everybody else involved, the film was a colossal flop, sinking not only Sunny Deol’s career for a while, but also Priyanka’s chances of making it big.
However, showing off her now characteristic resilience, she pulled through with her next film, Andaaz, which released the same year. The film was a hit partly due to Priyanka’s on-screen sizzle.07Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), her second pairing with Akshay and her first with Salman Khan, was a huge success.08She followed it up with yet another blockbuster, Aitraaz (2004), which bagged Priyanka two Filmfare nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for Best Villain, the latter of which she won. Only two years into her career and she was already an award-winning, A-list actress. Clearly, she was here to stay.09In 2005, Priyanka gave the audience a taste of her sensual side in Barsaat, where she played the eternal “other woman”. Her golden run came to an end, though, since the movie flopped miserably.
However, Priyanka’s other films which released that year, Karam, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster, were, in ascending order, sizeable hits.10She opened 2006 with a special appearance in the John Abraham vehicle, Taxi No 9211, where her cutesy cameo in the end had critics raving. This was an insanely lucky year for her since two of her releases, Krrish, opposite Hrithik Roshan, and Don: The Chase Begins Again, were both blockbusters of the highest order.
Her performance in both films was appreciated, especially in Don, where she took over the role originally played by Zeenat Aman.11The following year, Priyanka appeared opposite Salman Khan in Nikhil Advani’s magnum opus Salaam-e-Ishq. This multi-star cast film, which had already created quite a buzz for its lilting music and star cast, was expected to rake in Karan Johar-type moolah. The film was panned all over, but Priyanka and Salman’s story arc was considered one of the stronger ones. Her role, that of a superstar, did her justice, it seemed. Her only other release of 2007, Big Brother, once again opposite Sunny Deol, sank without a trace.12Priyanka kicked off 2008 with Harman Baweja’s launch-vehicle, Love Story 2050, directed by his father. Rumour had it that Harman and Priyanka were a couple and the film’s promos, which promised a never-seen-before sci-fi spectacle, managed to snag a great opening.
But that’s about all that it managed to garner, since everything about the film from start to finish was declared a mis-step for Indian cinema. Even Priyanka Chopra’s sexy double role couldn’t fetch the required numbers.13Next came the long-delayed God Tussi Great Ho (2008), a blatant rip-off of Jim Carrey’s Bruce Almighty. The film’s dated look, coupled with the fact that it just wasn’t funny, proved to be its downfall, despite the fact that it was her third pairing with Salman Khan.
Even Amitabh Bachchan’s turn as God wasn’t enough to save the film.
After that she starred as Chamku (2008), her second role opposite Bobby Deol. The film, based on the Naxal violence, once again threw Priyanka’s career into a shadow.14Drona, her next release in 2008, was supposed to take the superhero genre forward, but proved to be another step backwards for her. Priyanka played the titular character’s female bodyguard, a role no one found convincing.
Abhishek Bachchan’s performance and Goldie Behl’s direction were ripped apart in reviews.15And then, the slump repaired itself with a film called Fashion (2008). With Madhur Bhandarkar’s gritty take on the world of glamour, Priyanka won her first National Award for Best Actress, as well as another Filmfare award, this time for Best Actress.
Her performance, that of a small-town girl who makes it so big that she forgets her roots, was said to be the hallmark of an otherwise so-so film.Priyanka’s next major release was Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey (2009), where she was paired opposite Shahid Kapoor. Her dressed-down look was complimented and very well received, as was her stellar performance.After Kaminey’s stupendous success, she was seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee? (2009), opposite ex-beau Harman Baweja. The film marked a record of sorts, since it had Priyanka play twelve roles, one for each house of the zodiac.
Needless to say, with that kind of versatility, she earned some serious respect even as the film was called one of the worst in recent times.20Priyanka kicked off 2011 with Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands, called 7 Khoon Maaf. Priyanka played the role of Susanna, an enigmatic woman, ‘wronged’ seven times over by seven different men.
To escape each man, she takes to the hatchet, moving on to another freak of nature almost immediately. It very effectively chronicled a slightly psychotic woman’s journey through life, without once taking a stand on right or wrong.21In Don 2 (2011), Priyanka reprised her role as Roma opposite Shah Rukh Khan’s Don.22In 2012, Priyanka’s film Agneepath, in which she played Hrithik Roshan’s love interest, broke Bollywood’s highest opening-day record.23Her final release in 2012, Barfi!, was a blockbuster and Priyanka received rave reviews for her performance as an autistic girl who falls in love with a hearing and speech impaired local guy, played by Ranbir Kapoor.
24In 2012, Priyanka launched a musical career with her first single In My City, featuring will.i.am. She followed it up with Exotic, this time collaborating with rapper Pitbull.
Priyanka released her third single I Can’t Make You Love Me in which she romanced Hollywood hunk Milo Ventimiglia.25In 2013, Priyanka did her first item number in the film Babli Badmaash Hai from the movie Shootout At Wadala.26In 2013, Priyanka was seen on the silver screen in Krrish 3 and Apoorva Lakhia’s Zanjeer. Krrish 3 took Bollywood by storm and broke many records at the box office.27Action-thriller Gunday, which released in 2014, also co-starred Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. Gunday crossed the Rs 100-crore mark at the box office.In 2014, Priyanka also received critical acclaim for her role as boxer MC Mary Kom in the biopic Mary Kom directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film bagged the ‘Best Popular Film’ at the 62nd National Film Awards.292015 started on a good note for Priyanka, who featured in Zoya Akhtar’s ensemble film Dil Dhadakne Do. She was next seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani as Kashibai, the first wife of Peshwa Bajirao I (Ranveer Singh). Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal, a sequel of sorts of Gangaajal, was also a hit.30Priyanka received the Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 12.31Priyanka started her television career with America crime drama series Quantico and won rave reviews for the portrayal of Alex Parrish. Priyanka won Peoples’ Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series. Currently, Priyanka is filming the second season of the show.32Source: AFP
In 2016, Priyanka walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards as presenter. At the red carpet (L) Priyanka looked gorgeous in Zuhair Murad couture. For the Oscars’ Vanity Fair party later (R) she picked a Jenny Packham gown.33Having conquered Bollywood, Priyanka has eyes set on Hollywood. The actress has completed filming her first Hollywood film – Baywatch. Priyanka plays the antagosnist, Victoria Leeds, opposite Dwayne Johnson.
This image was posted on Instagram by Priyanka Chopra34Priyanka also dined with the US President Barack Obama at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Here’s wishing Priyanka a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead.
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