Priyanka Chopra Hot Images Biography
Priyanka Chopra (pronounced [prɪˈjəŋkaː ˈtʃoːpɽaː]; born 18 July 1982) is an Indian film actress, singer and songwriter. She was crowned Miss India 2000 and, later that year, Miss World before beginning her acting career. Chopra has received a number of awards for her performances, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in four categories, and has established herself as a leading contemporary actress in Hindi cinema.
Chopra made her acting debut in 2002 in the Tamil film, Thamizhan. The following year she starred in The Hero, her first Bollywood release, and followed it with the box-office hit Andaaz. She earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of a seductress in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz, and subsequently played the lead female role in several commercially successful films. Her portrayal of a troubled model in the 2008 drama Fashion earned her wide critical acclaim, and won her the National and Filmfare Awards for Best Actress. She is noted for her versatility in challenging, character-driven and unconventional roles in several critically acclaimed films.
Chopra is regarded as one of the most popular, attractive and fashionable celebrities in India. She has performed in television and stage shows, has written columns in India's national newspapers, is active in charity work and endorses a number of products. In 2011, she signed a worldwide recording contract with Universal Music Group and DesiHits to record and release her first studio album. Her debut single, "In My City", was released in September 2012 and was a commercial success in India.
1 Early life and pageantry
2 Acting career
2.1 Debut and breakthrough (2002–04)
2.2 Early success and setbacks (2005–07)
2.3 Critical acclaim (2008–11)
2.4 Recent work (2012–present)
3 Other ventures
3.1 Music career
3.2 Television and stage performances
3.3 Endorsements and column writing
4 Public image and personal life
5.1 Performances and analysis
6 Awards and honours
8 See also
10 External links
Early life and pageantry
Priyanka Chopra was born on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) to Ashok and Madhu Chopra, both physicians in the Indian Army. Her brother Siddharth is seven years younger, and actress Parineeti Chopra is her cousin. Due to her parents' occupations the family relocated to a number of Indian cities, including Delhi, Pune, Lucknow, Bareilly, Ladakh, Chandigarh and Ambala. Among the schools she attended are La Martiniere Girls' School in Lucknow and St. Maria Goretti College in Bareilly. In an interview published in Daily News and Analysis, Chopra said that she did not mind travelling regularly and changing schools; she welcomed it as a new experience and a way to discover India's multicultural society. She now considers Bareilly her home town, and maintains strong connections there. At age thirteen Chopra moved to the United States to live with her aunt, attending schools in Newton, Massachusetts and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. While in Massachusetts, she participated in several theatre productions and studied Western classical music, choral singing and Kathak dance.
Chopra returned to India, finishing her high-school education at the Army Public School in Bareilly. During this period, she won a local "May Queen" beauty pageant. Her mother then entered her in the Femina Miss India contest of 2000; she finished second, winning the Femina Miss India World title. Chopra then went on to the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty—Asia & Oceania. Chopra was the fifth Indian contestant to win Miss World, and the fourth to do so in seven years. She had enrolled in college to study engineering or psychology, but left after winning the Miss World pageant. Chopra said that the Miss India and Miss World titles brought her recognition, and she then began receiving offers for film roles.
Debut and breakthrough (2002–04)
Chopra was scheduled to make her film debut in Abbas-Mustan's romantic thriller Humraaz, to which she agreed immediately after winning Miss India. Although the directors of Humraaz were willing to delay the film to accommodate her pageant commitments, they dropped her after she agreed to other projects. In 2002, she debuted in the Tamil film Thamizhan as the love interest of the protagonist (played by Vijay). The film was praised for its wit and dialogue, although Chopra's character was seen as lacking in depth; Rediff.com asserted that she showed "no promise".
In 2003 Chopra made her Bollywood film debut as the second female lead (opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta) in Anil Sharma's The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, where her performance earned critical recognition. Set against the backdrop of the Indian Army in Kashmir, the film tells the story of an agent and his fight against terrorism. The Hero was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films that year, but received mixed reviews from critics. Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar's box-office success Andaaz with Akshay Kumar, again sharing the female lead (this time with the debuting Lara Dutta). Chopra played a "young and vivacious" girl, Jiya, who falls in love with Raj (played by Kumar). Her performance earned her a share of the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award (with Dutta) and a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Ashish Magotra, writing for Rediff.com, said that of the actors, "Priyanka Chopra alone clicks with the audience, thanks to her skimpy outfits."
Chopra's first three releases in 2004—Plan, Kismat, and Asambhav—performed poorly at the box-office. Later that year she starred with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar in David Dhawan's romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, which was a commercial success (with worldwide gross earnings of over 56 crore (US$10 million)) and the third-highest-grossing film of the year in India. She then starred with Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in Abbas-Mustan's thriller Aitraaz, in her first role as an antagonist. She portrayed the "independent and ambitious" Soniya Roy, who accuses her employee of sexual harassment. The film was a moderate success at the Indian box office, and Chopra's performance was critically acclaimed. A reviewer writing for the BBC said, "Aitraaz is Priyanka Chopra's film. As the deliciously wicked, gold digging, scheming seductress, she chews up every scene she is in with her magnetic screen presence." She earned a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role (also known as the Best Villain Award), becoming the second—and final—actress to win the award after Kajol; the category was discontinued in 2008. Chopra also received a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance, Chopra considered her role in Aitraaz as the "biggest" learning experience in her career.
Early success and setbacks (2005–07)
In 2005, Chopra appeared in six films. Three of them—Blackmail, Karam and Yakeen—were commercially unsuccessful, although her performance in Yakeen was generally well received. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote that Chopra "is bound to win laurels yet again ... the actor is emerging as one of the finest talents in these fast-changing times". She then starred in Vipul Amrutlal Shah's family drama Waqt: The Race Against Time with Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, and Shefali Shah. The film tells the story of a small businessman (played by Bachchan) who, hiding his illness, wants to teach his irresponsible son some lessons before he dies. It was a moderate box-office success. Her next release was Suneel Darshan's romance Barsaat, co-starring Bobby Deol and Bipasha Basu. The film was a critical and commercial failure. Chopra's performance received mixed reviews from critics; Taran Adarsh described it as "mechanical". Later that year, Rohan Sippy cast her with Abhishek Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh and Nana Patekar in the comedy Bluffmaster!. The film was a modest commercial success. Chopra played independent working woman Simran Saxena (Bachchan's love interest) in the film. According to critic Subhash K. Jha, "Chopra has little to do. But she does it with eye-catching aplomb."
In addition to three special appearances, Chopra began 2006 by starring in Rakesh Roshan's superhero film Krrish (a sequel to the 2003 science-fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya). Co-starring with Hrithik Roshan, Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah, Chopra played a young television journalist who schemes to take advantage of an innocent young man with remarkable physical abilities. The film was a major box-office success, earned 117 crore (US$22 million) worldwide and was the second-highest-grossing film of the year in India. Her next film was Dharmesh Darshan's romantic comedy Aap Ki Khatir, co-starring Akshaye Khanna, Ameesha Patel and Dino Morea. The film was a commercial failure in India.
Chopra's final release of 2006 was Farhan Akhtar's action-thriller Don (a remake of the 1978 film of the same name), with Shahrukh Khan. Upon release the film was declared a box-office success in India and overseas, with revenues of 105 crore (US$19 million). Chopra portrayed Roma (played by Zeenat Aman in the original film), who joins the underworld to avenge Don for killing her brother. The actress received martial-arts training for her role in the movie, and performed her own stunts. Raja Sen of Rediff.com wrote that Chopra "is the film's big surprise. Stepping into Zeenat Aman's shoes is a tough task, 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".
In 2007, Chopra had two films and one special appearance. Her first film was Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, a romantic comedy in six chapters with an ensemble cast. She was featured in the first chapter, with Salman Khan, as Kamini, an item girl and aspiring actress who tries to land the lead role in a Karan Johar film with a publicity gimmick. Despite a promising opening, the movie was a financial failure and her performance was criticised. Her other release, the much-delayed Big Brother, also proved unsuccessful at the box office; it failed to propel her career, which appeared to be on a downslide.
Critical acclaim (2008–11)
In 2008, Chopra appeared in six films; the first four—Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona—were critical and commercial failures, and her performances generated mixed-to-negative reviews. For example, Rajeev Masand said that in Love Story 2050 Chopra shared no chemistry with her co-star and "fails to inspire either affection or sympathy." After six consecutive unsuccessful films, critics began to write her off. Later that year Chopra starred in Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion, a drama about the Indian fashion industry which followed the lives (and career ups and downs) of several fashion models. Chopra portrayed the ambitious Meghna Mathur, who went on to become a supermodel. She initially refused the film offer, saying that she would not be able to do justice to the role. However, she agreed to the film (after keeping it on hold for six months) because of Bhandarkar's confidence in her. The film (and her performance) were appreciated by critics and earned Chopra several awards, including the National Film Award, the Filmfare Award, the IIFA Award, the Screen Award, and the Apsara Award for Best Actress. Rajeev Masand wrote, "Priyanka Chopra turns in a respectable performance, one that will inevitably go down as her best." Fashion proved to be a turning point in her career. Chopra said in retrospect, "I think actually Fashion kick started ... the process of female dominated films. Today you have so many other films which have done well with female leads".
Chopra's final film of the year was Tarun Mansukhani's romantic comedy Dostana, with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. Set in Miami, the film tells the story of a friendship between her character and two men (Bachchan and Abraham) who pretend to be gay to share an apartment with her. Chopra played "stylish and focused" young fashion-magazine editor Neha, who is trying to deal with professional pressures in her life. Produced by Dharma Productions, the film was a financial success with worldwide revenues of over 86 crore (US$16 million). Chopra received positive reviews for her performance and her beauty in the film; Khalid Mohammed found her "pretty convincing", and Gaurav Malani of Indiatimes wrote "Priyanka Chopra looks gorgeous and is perfectly poised in her performance."
The following year Chopra played a feisty Marathi woman named Sweety in Vishal Bhardwaj's caper thriller Kaminey (co-starring Shahid Kapoor), which looked at twin brothers linked with the underworld. Kaminey was a critical and commercial success, earning 71 crore (US$13 million) worldwide. Her performance received positive reviews; Taran Adarsh described it as "first-rate" and wrote, "She's so much in sync with her character ... [and] gets the Maharashtrian accent perfect." Her role earned her several awards and nominations, including a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination and an Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (her second consecutive win in that category).
Chopra at the audio release of 7 Khoon Maaf (2011); her performance in the film received critical acclaim and (among other wins) gave her a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
Chopra subsequently appeared in Ashutosh Gowariker's romantic comedy What's Your Raashee?, based on the novel Kimball Ravenswood by Madhu Rye. The film depicts the story of a U.S.-based Gujrati NRI in search of his soulmate among twelve girls (all played by Chopra) associated with the twelve zodiac signs. She was considered for inclusion in the Guinness World Records book for being the first film actress to portray 12 distinct characters in one film. Reaction to the film was lukewarm, but Chopra's performance was praised by critics. Sukanya Verma, in a review for Rediff.com, wrote: "Priyanka Chopra transforms into 12 new skins with astonishing distinction, voice and spirit. The actress reinvents herself into this unique individual every single time ranging from batty, bashful and boisterous. This is simply her show." Chopra's heavy workload—filming for several productions, travelling for endorsements and performing at live shows (including the Miss India pageant)—took its toll; she fainted during filming, and was admitted to a hospital.
In 2010 Chopra starred with Uday Chopra in Jugal Hansraj's romantic comedy Pyaar Impossible! as Alisha, a beautiful college girl (and later a working mother) who falls in love with a nerdy boy. The film was a commercial and critical failure. Later that year, she co-starred with Ranbir Kapoor in Siddharth Anand's romantic comedy Anjaana Anjaani. The film (set in New York and Las Vegas) follows the story of two strangers, both trying to commit suicide, who eventually fall in love with each other. The film was a moderate commercial success, and her performance received mixed reviews from critics. Sarita Tanwar of Mid Day wrote, "Priyanka Chopra is at her casual and spontaneous best. She embraces the character completely and makes it totally believable" while Anupama Chopra dismissed her acting as "artificial".
Chopra turned down the role of Phaedra in Tarsem Singh's Hollywood fantasy film Immortals because it conflicted with the shooting schedule for her first film of 2011, Vishal Bhardwaj's black comedy 7 Khoon Maaf. Based on the short story "Susanna's Seven Husbands" by Ruskin Bond, the film centers on Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, an Anglo-Indian woman (played by Chopra) who murders her seven husbands in an unending quest for love. The film premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. 7 Khoon Maaf received a generally positive response from critics, and Chopra's performance was singled out for praise. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India remarked, "7 Khoon Maaf would undoubtedly end up as a milestone in Priyanka Chopra's career graph. The actor displays exquisite command over a complex character that is definitely a first in Indian cinema." Chopra's performance earned her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a third Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination at the 57th Filmfare Awards.
Chopra's final release of the year saw reprising her role as Roma in the second part of the Don film series, a sequel to 2006's Don entitled Don 2. Although the film received mixed reviews, Chopra's performance earned positive feedback from critics. According to The Express Tribune, "Chopra pulls off her role with aplomb and seems to be the perfect choice for an action heroine. As you watch her effortlessly beat up some thugs in the movie, you come to the realisation that she may be the first proper female action hero in Bollywood." A review by Divanee Magazine said that Chopra surprised, with a demeanor similar to Tomb Raider's Lara Croft. Don 2 was a major success in India and overseas, earning over 206 crore (US$38 million) worldwide. It set multiple box-office records, and was the highest-grossing Bollywood movie overseas in 2011. Don 2 was showcased at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and (with Don) at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech, Morocco.
Recent work (2012–present)
Chopra's first film of 2012 was Karan Malhotra's action drama Agneepath, in which she starred with Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor. Produced by Karan Johar, the film is a remake of his father's 1990 production of the same name. In one of several accidents to happen during production, Chopra's lehenga (a traditional skirt) caught fire while filming a sequence for an elaborate Ganpati festival song. Upon release, the film broke Bollywood's highest opening-day earnings record; it became a critical and commercial success, with a worldwide gross of 193 crore (US$36 million). Her performance as Kaali Gawde, Roshan's loquacious love interest, was appreciated by critics; Mayank Shekhar wrote that Chopra stood out in a male-dominated film. Agneepath was later screened at the International Film Festival of Marrakech. She next co-starred with Shahid Kapoor in Kunal Kohli's romance, Teri Meri Kahaani. The film tells the stories of three unconnected couples (each played by Kapoor and Chopra), born in three different eras. The film opened to mixed reactions from critics, but Chopra's performance was generally well received. Sonia Chopra of Sify wrote, "Priyanka delivers a superb performance easily slipping in-and-out of the layered characters with dexterity." The film did not perform well at the Indian box office, but was moderately successful overseas.
Chopra with co-star Ranbir Kapoor, promoting Barfi! in 2012
Anurag Basu's Barfi!, with Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz, was her final appearance of 2012. Set in the 1970s, the film tells the story of three people, two of whom are physically disabled. Chopra played Jhilmil Chatterjee, an autistic woman who falls in love with a deaf, mute man. While preparing for her role, Chopra visited several mental institutions and spent time with autistic people. She said, "I had to research a little for the role because in India awareness about a condition such as autism is very low." The film opened to wide critical acclaim and was a major commercial success, earning 175 crore (US$32 million) worldwide. Chopra received unanimous praise for her portrayal, which several reviewers regarded as her best performance to date. The Indo-Asian News Service review said, "Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil steals the show from Ranbir, if that's possible. Her inherent glamorous personality simply disappears into her character. We don't see the actress on screen at all! We see only Jhilmil who reminds us in a very pleasant way of Sridevi in Sadma. This is one of the most flawless interpretations of a physical-psychological disability seen on celluloid." Chopra received another nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The film was screened at the Busan and Marrakech International Film Festivals, and was chosen as India’s entry for the 85th Academy Awards.
Chopra's first release of 2013 was K. C. Bokadia's much-delayed Deewana Main Deewana, which had been filmed nearly a decade earlier. It received lackluster reviews, primarily due to its aged look and feel. Chopra has several projects under development. She will reprise her role of Priya in Rakesh Roshan's Krrish 3—a sequel to the 2006 superhero film Krrish—with Hrithik Roshan, Vivek Oberoi and Kangna Ranaut. She has agreed to a special appearance in Shootout at Wadala in a song called "Babli Badmaash Hai", which will be her first item number. Chopra is filming Apoorva Lakhia's Zanjeer, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name with Ram Charan Teja; the actress is also filming Ali Abbas Zafar's Gunday, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor and produced by Yash Raj Films. Chopra has been signed for Ekta Kapoor's next production, Milan Talkies, to be directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. She will also play the lead role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's biopic of world boxing champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom. To prepare for this role, she plans to spend time with Kom and receive four months of boxing training. Chopra has also confirmed that she will voice an aircraft in the Disney animation film Planes, a spinoff of the 2006 film Cars and its 2011 sequel Cars 2.