Priyanka [email protected]: Life, love and affairs

Priyanka Chopra turns 32 today (18th July). She made her Bollywood debut in 2003 with the Sunny Deol starrer ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’ in which she played a supporting role.  In the course of the next 11 years, she has been able to establish herself as one of the most successful female stars in Bollywood. She has been part of both commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed films. Priyanka is one of the very few actresses in Bollywood who has managed to deliver hit films without any established male star, the prime example being ‘Fashion’ (2008) which many believe has kick started a small but steady trend of woman-centric films in Bollywood. 

Born in the city of Jamshedpur (presently in Jharkhand) in 1982, she was a daughter of physician parents who worked in the Indian Army. Due to her parents’ occupation she has lived in many cities across India like Delhi, Pune, Lucknow etc. She finished high school and college from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. She never had any plan to join the film industry and despite being a trained dancer was never highly interested in becoming a performer. She actually had plans to become either a criminal psychologist or software engineer. During her time in Bareilly she had her first brush with fame after winning a local beauty pageant and was almost chased by admirers.

Her mother then entered her name in the Femina Miss India contest of 2000. She was the runner’s up and automatically qualified for the Miss World 2000. She won the crown that year in London, only the fifth Indian to do so. After this recognition, she began receiving film offers and decided to try her luck. Her mother gave up her well-established practice as a gynecologist to support her film career.

The first few years of her career were a mixed bag of hit and failed films although her acting skills were praised by critics. But in 2007 her career hit a rough patch as six of her films failed one after another. After the failure of the much hyped superhero film ‘Drona’ alongside Abhishek Bachchan, her career was thought to be over.

But the release of ‘Fashion’ changed it all for her. It was both a critical and commercial success and since then she has continued to deliver big hits like, ‘Don 2’, ‘Agneepath’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Krrish 3’ and ‘Gunday’. She is now eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Mary Kom’, a biopic based on the Olympic medal winning boxer. Despite her phenomenal success, she is connected to her roots and has strong relationship with her family which has made her even more endearing in the eyes of her fans.