The gorgeous and beautiful Priyanka Chopra, the former Miss World, is an established actress in Bollywood. She is gifted with the talent to act and has worked with ace directors like Madhur Bhandarkar, Vishal Bharadwaj and the like. The national award winner is the most sought-after actress in Bollywood.
The glamour queen had a brush with glamour and fame after she won the much coveted title of Miss World in 2000. Before starting her acting career exhibiting her acting prowess, she worked as a model. The Miss World title was definitely a ticket to Bollywood for Priyanka Chopra, but the journey was not smooth. She had to work hard, put in her best efforts to achieve what she has accomplished till now. Born on July 18, 1982 to Ashok and Madhu Chopra, both doctors by profession, Priyanka Chopra grew up to be a dazzling star who has carved out a niche for herself in Bollywood. Priyanka Chopra who is known as Piggy Chops amongst her colleagues and friends got the privilege and the honor to judge the Miss World contest in 2009, held in Johannesburg.
Priyanka Chopra’s entry into filmdom was in 2002 in a Tamil film; ‘Thamizan’ where she not only tried her acting skills but her crooning capabilities also. Her debut in Bollywood was with Anil Sharma’s ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’ in 2003. She got to play a supporting role, that of a doctor, with Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta as the lead actors. She did not have any godfather, did not hail from a filmy background and, therefore, she had to deal with the initial hiccups. The film did well but was not regarded as one of the best films by the critics. In the same year, the movie ‘Andaaz’ where she portrayed the character of Jiya co-staring Akshay Kumar, could do average business and Priyanka Chopra could grab the prestigious Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
2004 did not turn out to be a very pleasing year for the gorgeous actress. There was a string of flops with ‘Plan’, ‘Asambhav’ and ‘Kismat’ doing miserably at the box-office. However, ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar could attain commercial success. It was ‘Aitraaz’ where Priyanka Chopra gave a stunning performance as the sly and scheming seductress who walked that extra mile to possess what she wants in life. Her character was all set to climb up the social ladder by any means and it was beautifully portrayed by the talented actress. Her performance was critically acclaimed and the bold and bare Priyanka Chopra made heads turn in Bollywood. It was the captivating act in ‘Aitraaz,’ the excellent depiction of the villainous woman that won her accolades for her breathtaking performance.
In 2005, the glam doll made her presence felt in the big screen as six of her films hit the theater. However, only ‘Waqt: The Race Against Time’ and ‘Bluffmaster’ could weave some magic at the box office. ‘Krrish’ and ‘Don- The Chase Begins Again’ in 2006 let the sizzling beauty to taste success. Nikhil Advani’s Salaam-e-Ishq was a much hyped film, but it could not do well. In 2008, again it was a spate of flops for Piggy Chops, but it was Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion',’ which let the damsel to hog the limelight. Priyanka Chopra portrayed the role of a model and the movie charts the journey of a simple, next door girl to her venturing into the world of glitz and glamour where she does away with her conscience, her love interest for pursuing her dreams to become a super-model. Her realization that life is too hard, not a bed of roses and the importance of holding on to success and to keep one’s feet firmly grounded, has been deftly dealt with by the ace director Madhur Bhandarkar. The director could tap in her potential and exhibited her commendable acting skills, enabling her to win the National Film Award for Best Actress. It was a new feather that was added to her cap and she also went on to win the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
Tarun Mansukhani’s ‘Dostana’ established the hottie desi girl at its funkiest best, flaunting a great body when Piggy Chops sported some of the sexist and trendy outfits. She looked stunning in ‘Dostana.’ With Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Kaminey’, Priyanka Chopra entered into the skin of the Marathi character of Sweety and her performance was appreciated by the critics. Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘What’s Your Rashee’ saw her in twelve distinctive roles. Though the film proved to be a dud at the box-office, her performance was praised. Jugal Hansraj’s ‘Pyar Impossible’ depicting the story of a geek and a hot, outgoing girl getting romantically involved, could not draw the audience to the hall as was the case with ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ opposite Ranbir Kapoor where the duo shared awesome chemistry.
In 2011, it is Vishal Bhradwaj’s loosely stringed ‘7 Khoon Maaf’ devoid of directorial exuberance but showcased some brilliant acting by the talented actress. She has also completed her shooting of Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2 with Shahrukh Khan. She has some commendable projects up her sleeve like Karan Johar’s remake of ‘Agneepath’ and ‘Barfee,’ the creative input of the talented director Anurag Basu. The sporty streak in the vivacious and sprightly Priyanka Chopra was displayed before the audience when she played the host of Fear Factor- Khatron Ke Khiladi 3. This reality show on Colors also declared her entry to the small screen. She replaced Akshay Kumar who hosted the show previously.
On the personal front, when Priyanka Chopra was new to Bollywood, rumors about her desire to be romantically involved with the married Akshay Kumar became rife. At present, it is the heartthrob Shahid Kapoor, whom the sultry siren is rumored to be going around with. She is a strong contender in the race to bag the high-profile project ‘Dhoom 3’ and giving her stiff competition is Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone. She has become the brand ambassador of the top-notch brand, Nikon, and has a number of big endorsements in her kitty. It is style, vivaciousness and charm that define the hot Priyanka Chopra, who has honed her acting skills to become one of the most top-rated actresses in the industry. She is reigning in the hearts of the people and her diligence and determination will make her to stay in the hearts of the film buffs for years to come.