Priyanka Chopra Biography
After scaling to the peak of popularity in India, the actress ventured out to act in an American TV show named Quantico in 2015. The show where Priyanka plays the lead role is about FBI recruits. With her role, she became the first Indian woman to appear in a leading American TV network drama and made a successful crossover from Bollywood to Hollywood. For her contributions to the Indian entertainment industry and her international achievements, Priyanka Chopra was felicitated with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, by the Indian government in 2016.
A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Priyanka is actively involved with various social causes like gender equality, women’s right and she has especially vocal about gender pay gaps in the entertainment industry. With her many achievements in the entertainment industry, she has established herself as one of the most accomplished actors in India.
Priyanka was born on 18th July 1982 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India to Indian Army doctors, Ashok Chopra and Madhu Chopra. Owing to her father’s work in the Army, Priyanka during her childhood lived in various places across India. As a kid, Priyanka attended La Martinciiere Girls’ School in Lucknow but at the age of 13, she moved to the United Stated to live with her aunt. There also, she kept changing schools as her aunt’s family had a transferable job. Three years after staying in the USA, Priyanka moved back to India and completed her schooling from Army Public School, Bareilly. The former Miss World shares a very close bond with her family, especially her father, who passed away in June 2013. Priyanka has a younger sibling named Siddharth and the actress Parineeti Chopra is her cousin.
Priyanka was rumored to be romantically involved with her Kaminey co-star, Shahid Kapoor. The duo was spotted together at many events but neither of them confirmed the relationship. She was also rumored to be in an alleged relationship with her Love Story 2050 co-star, Harman Baweja.
The beautiful actress started her acting career with the 2002 political drama, Thamizhan, a Tamil language film directed by A. Majith. She was cast in the lead role alongside Vijay and the movie was declared a hit at the box-office. The following year, Priyanka made her Bollywood debut with Anil Sharma’s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, sharing the screen with co-stars Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel. While the film fared averagely at the box office, Priyanka was appreciated for her role and she won her first Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her second film for the year was Raj Kanwar’s Andaaz. The film was a box-office success and Priyanka was seen sharing the screen with actors Akshay Kumar and debutante Lara Dutta. Her performance as Jiya Singhaniya earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
In 2004, after appearing in a series of flops like Plan, Kismat, and Asambhav, Priyanka was seen in Abbas-Mustan’s romantic thriller Aitraaz alongside Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan. The film was a hit and Priyanka received critical acclaim for her performance as the antagonist in the film. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative role. She was next seen in Karam, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster. The films were received well by the audience and Priyanka received accolades for her varied portrayal of her characters in the box office hits.
In 2006, she was seen in Farhan Akhtar’s action thriller Don, a remake of the 1978 film of the same name. The film also featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Boman Irani, Isha Koppikar was declared a box-office hit. On her performance, Raja Sen of Rediff.com noted “Priyanka Chopra is the film’s big surprise. Stepping into Zeenat Aman’s shoes is a tough ask, but she doesn’t really waste time pretending to be the stunner’s successor. Chopra handles her role with efficiency, looking every bit the competent woman of action — and a ravishing babe who fills out a skintight white jumpsuit deliciously.” Following her success with Don, the actress next appeared in films like Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love (2007), Love Story 2050 (2008) and God Tussi Great Ho (2008).
The turning point in her career came when she starred in Madhur Bhandarkar’s 2008 movie Fashion, which depicted the lives of the models in the fashion industry. Priyanka’s performance as an aspiring model received unanimous appreciation from the critics and the audience; she went on to win the National Award for her performance. In 2009, she appeared in Vishal Bhardwaj’s thriller Kaminey alongside Shahid Kapoor. The film was a critical and commercial success grossing 71 crores INR worldwide. The actress then appeared in the Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee? and etched her name in the Guinness World Record books for being the first film actress to portray 12 distinct characters in one film. Although, the movie bombed at the box-office, Priyanka, for her stellar performance won the nomination at Screen Awards for Best Actress.
Priyanka’s next noteworthy performance came in 2012 as she appeared in Anurag Basu’s Barfi! alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz. Her role as the physically disabled and autistic woman, Jhilmil Chatterjee won her critical acclaim. The film too was a critical and commercial hit. Priyanka once again proved why she is rated as one of the top actresses with a stellar performance as Kashibai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani that released in 2015. With Ranveer Singh as Bajirao and Deepika Padukone as Mastani, the film was a blockbuster hit at the box office and earned many awards. Priyanka was honored with the Filmfare and IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same.
In 2015, Priyanka was also seen in Zoya Akhtar’s comedy drama Dil Dhadakne Do. With an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Shefali shah, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, the film was well appreciated by the critics and was a commercial success. The actor had a single release in 2016, Jai Gangajal directed by Prakash Jha. The movie opened to average reviews and failed at the box-office. The actress 2017 releases include the Hollywood film, Baywatch, which also features Dwayne Johnson, Zac Effron, Pamela Anderson and Alexandra Daddario.
Priyanka Chopra made her Hollywood debut on television by starring in the American crime drama Quantico. She is the first South Asian woman to star as the protagonist is an American drama series. In the ABC studio production, she plays the role of an FBI recruit Alex Parrish. She received appreciation for her performance and was awarded the People’s Choice Award for- Favorite Actress in a New TV Series becoming the first South Asian actress to receive a People’s Choice Award. She has also hosted the third season of the reality show Fear Factor:Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2008 replacing Akshay Kumar, the former host of the show. She received the Indian Telly Award for Most Impactful Debut on Television for the same.
Being inspired by her father, Priyanka started her training in singing since she was a kid. In her early years in Bollywood, she recorded for various films like Thamizhan but her big break came when she was signed by Creatives Artist Agency, Los Angeles in 2012. Following this, she released her first single, ‘In My City’ featuring rapper will.i.am. The song was a success in India but failed to reach its hype in the international market. The following year she released her second single ‘Exotic,’ featuring American rapper Pitbull. The song received an average response by the audience in India as well as overseas.