Priyanka Chopra (pronoun born 18 July 1982) is an Indian actress, singer, philanthropist, and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000. One of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the nation’s most high-profile celebrities, Chopra has also gained popularity for her sense of style. She has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award, and five Filmfare Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2016. That same year, Time named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.In addition to her acting career, Chopra is noted for her philanthropic work, and was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010. She promotes various causes such as environment, health and education, and women’s rights, and is particularly vocal about gender equality, and gender pay gap. Though she is reticent to discuss her personal life in public, her off-screen life is the subject of substantial media coverage. As a singer, she has released three singles. Chopra is also the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures.
Chopra has been described by the critics as one of the most talented actresses in Bollywood.Analysing Chopra’s career highlights, Bollywood Hungama noted: “Despite a career that has seen a constant flip-flop the performer in her has seen a constant growth with every passing year.” After playing strong characters in a series of films, she gained recognition for her versatility in portraying a range of unconventional roles, leading CNN-IBN to describe her “as one of the most powerful actresses in the current lot and someone who doesn’t shy away from experimenting with roles within the realms of popular cinema”. The Times of India called her a “game changer” and added that she “made the age-old demarcation between a hero and heroine redundant and one can easily describe her as a Shero”.In 2012, film critic Subhash K. Jha labelled her “the best actress in the post-Sridevi generation” and listed her character in Barfi! as being “one of the finest inwardly ravaged characters in Bollywood.”Chopra has often featured on Rediff.com’s annual listing of “Bollywood’s Best Actresses”, and was featured in their list of “Top 10 Actresses of 2000–2010”.
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