Priyanka Chopra, the epitome of smartness and beauty, proving that if you ‘dare to dream big,’ hard work and commitment will lead you to success! Miss World at the age of 17, a medal of honour from the Indian government for her public service, first Indian Ambassador for Guess and one of the few Indian actresses to have a successful transition from Bollywood to Hollywood this lady never stops amazing us and making her country proud. A multi-talented personality is what PC is, whether it’s acting, singing, dancing, writing or being a entrepreneur- she can do that all. Whether it is her “Desi Girl” avatar or walking the Global Red Carpet, she makes all the heads turn and her achievements truly make her a Global Icon.
Her story began 36 years ago in Jamshedpur, India, where she was born to Ashok and Madhu Chopra, both Indian Army medics. Due to her parents’ jobs she was always relocating and this allowed her to learn about the multicultural society of our country. Chopra later relocated to the United States at the age of 13, for studies and participated in theatre, choral singing, and Kathak dance. While living in the United States with her aunt she faced racial abuse for being Indian. Even though she lacked self-esteem, she was always very hard working and had great desire to succeed.
Miss world 2000
Chopra returned to India after three years in the United States, winning the local May Queen beauty pageant. And finally her dream came true when Priyanka’s mother made her enter in the Miss World competition. She finished second in the Femina Miss India Contest in 2000 and on November 30, in the year 2000, marking the 50th edition of the Miss World contest, Priyanka Chopra won the “Miss World” title bringing us Indians tremendous pride and joy.
How she stepped into Bollywood
The question that arises is how did she go from pageants into films? She had originally planned to pursue a career as an aeronautical engineer, but after winning the Miss World pageant in 2000, she decided to leave education to pursue acting instead. She was the fifth Indian contestant to win Miss World in 2000, as well as Miss World Continental Queen Of Beauty-Asia And Oceania. The Miss India and Miss World titles gave her notoriety, enabling her to appear in both Tamil and Bollywood films.
As a result of winning the Miss World contest in 2000, Priyanka Chopra came to popularity and has since worked in Bollywood and Western films, as well as enjoying a successful career as a model and television presenter and having philanthropic affiliations. She made her cinematic debut in the Tamil film Thamizhan in 2002, followed by a Bollywood breakthrough in Anil Sharma’s ‘The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy’ in 2003.
The Bollywood success
The Hero went on to become one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year, but she discovered that Bollywood was difficult for young actresses since they were stereotyped as “one note seductresses,” which prevented Chopra from showcasing her captivating acclaim.
It was said by critics that her career was over after the 6 commercial failures but she was very hard working and determined and then she appeared in the movie ‘Fashion’, which revived her career and gave it a great boost and won her critical acclaim. With this movie she proved that ‘women-centric’ films with no male protagonist are not only necessary in the light of the feminist revolution, but also commercially successful, grossing $8 million worldwide.
Chopra’s performance in Anurag Basu’s Barfi! opposite Ranbir Kapoor in 2012 was also outstanding. She toured numerous mental facilities and spent time with autistic people to prepare for the role, shocking critics with her change from an action heroine, who thought her portrayal of autism was the best in Indian cinema. Barfi! grossed $24 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films.
Despite Chopra’s hectic schedule, Priyanka continues to work on exciting upcoming projects and is also developing a sitcom for ABC based on the biography of actress Madhuri Dixit and her relocation to America, for which she’ll be an executive producer. She’s producing over a dozen regional films in several languages under her production firm.
The big step to Hollywood
PC made her debut in Hollywood – signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios in 2015, and was later cast in the American thriller series Quantico, making her the first South Asian to star in a network drama series in the United States.
Priyanka Chopra made her Hollywood debut in 2017 alongside Zac Efron and The Rock in Baywatch, which, while not a commercial success in North America, did well in overseas markets and allowed Chopra to appear in other American films such as ‘A Kid Like Jake,’ a drama about gender variance that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Her Singing career
Her father encouraged her to pursue singing. Chopra had some success in the music industry thanks to collaborations with William and Pitbull. Chopra had a good career as a singer in addition to her great acting career.
PC’s public services
Chopra has not only built a successful profession for herself, but she has also managed to help those in need, which must be the genuine measure of success. As a spokesman for various worldwide organizations, the powerful actress, model, and film producer is also an activist. Her own organization, The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, helps children in India who lack access to healthcare and education. She has also served as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2006, advocating for children’s rights, particularly the rights of young women in India. She not only provides 10% of her profits to the Priyanka Chopra Foundation’s activities, but she also pays for the educational and medical expenses of seventy children in India, fifty of whom are girls, and this demonstrates her commitment to assisting others. An outspoken advocate for social causes, Chopra has always been passionate about pushing for women’s rights, gender equality, and gender pay inequity, and has spoken out against female infanticide and foeticide, as well as displaying support for girls’ education. In addition to her work with poor children, Priyanka has worked with UNICEF, being named the national UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.
In 2016, Time named her one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Forbes named her one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.
“Unfinished” the book
Unfinished, Priyanka Chopra’s memoir, was released on February 9th. The book topped the rankings within two days of its formal release, and it is now a bestseller in both India and the United States. “Unfinished,” Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ latest biography, is chock-full of amusing tales, poignant experiences, and new insights about her life and career. And all the desi girl fans should rush to the nearest book store to grab their copy.
Launched her own Hair Product brand
Chopra has never failed to amaze us. Yet again she surprised her fans and the people with something different, by launching her own hair care product brand. Her surprise hair care launch, Anomaly, is reported to be focused on performance-driven products that are reasonably priced, and is marketed as “clean.” Three shampoos, Clarifying, Hydrating, and Gentle, three conditioners, Smoothing, Shine, and Volume, a dry shampoo, and a conditioning treatment mask are included in the package.
The list of her achievements, as we all know can go on and on but some of the most influencial ones are:
• She won ‘’The National Film Award’ ‘The Filmfare Award ‘ ‘The IIFA Award,’ ‘The Screen Award,’ and ‘The Producers Guild Film Award,’ for best actress, for the movie fashion.
• She became the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series.
• She won the Padmashri in 2016.
Wife to the world-famous singer Nick Jonas, and mother to their dogs, Priyanka Chopra is not only an extraordinarily gifted actress, model, journalist, and philanthropist, but she is also a formidable entrepreneur who proves that originating from a small town does not restrict you from achieving dizzying heights of success, nor does it determine how your future unfolds. She is a great achiever and a truly inspiring role model to women because she dared to dream, because she’s always pushing the limits, she knows her worth, and she’s a fighter, she never gave up. As she always says, “All I want is to conquer the world, that’s all” and yes, just like the title of her book, her journey to success is still unfinished…..