This perhaps epitomizes the woman and the artist that is Priyanka Chopra. Super Model, star, actress, singer, she certainly breaks all stereotypes and with oomph and aplomb. Hailing from an army background, with no in-roads to show-biz or its trappings, she not only excelled on the catwalk as Miss World but the latter proved to be her ticket into the glamorous, yet extremely competitive world of Bollywood and since then there has been no looking back for this gorgeously spirited girl.
DOING IT ON HER OWN
Priyanka’s illustrious and prolific career, spanning 14 years, has seen both highs and lows, but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the lows are outnumbered as etched by the meteoric rise in her kitty of accomplishments.
The fact that she is a style diva and one of the sexiest women to adorn the silver screen is a given, but in a place where pretty girls with sculpted figures are churned out daily, the glam doll image can only take you so far in an already male-dominated industry, and this is where Ms. Chopra is in a league of her own. Having no ‘God-father’ in tinsel town, planning her dream launch and/or promoting her, she forayed into films with hits relatively early in her career such as Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and Aitraaz followed by highly successful commercial box-office hits like Krrish and Don. In the latter, Chopra established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with meaty and significant roles.
NOT JUST PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. REINVENTING IT
Madhur Bhandarkar’s 2008 film Fashion, marked a turning point in her career, earning her the critic’s approval and that of the masses, by bagging the National Film Award as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Her versatility and ease at depicting various roles with panache and conviction is evident by her choice of diverse and unconventional roles in movies such as Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2009), Barfi! (2012) and more recently, Mary Kom (2014) and Bajirao Mastani (2015). Her work has been lauded and critically acclaimed and she has meticulously and steadily carved her position in Bollywood.
With such a profile, Priyanka proves her mettle as an immensely talented actress but with the presence and persona of a star. She not only does amazing work but looks fabulous while doing it! A complete package and a woman that raises the bar for other female professionals, and not just in the film industry. By taking on women-centric roles, she highlights the position and role of woman in society and her upcoming release Jai Gangaajal sees her playing a tough ladycop in a very modern avatar.
Her ambition and subsequent achievements are certainly not limited to Bollywood as she has made a mark at the global level in both singing and acting. In 2015, she began starring as Alex Parrish on the American television network, ABC drama Quantico, becoming the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series.
This is followed by her signing onto act with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in the popular hit tv series Baywatch. Insiders are already citing this to be a great feat for the superstar and expecting it to be nothing short of a yet another successful venture for Priyanka. Her recognition on the international level is a clear reflection of her ambition that drives her to keep improving and never settling for mediocrity or complacency. She’s classy and cool, passionate and feisty and an absolute delight to watch on screen. Here’s wishing Priyanka even more success as she continues to dazzle and shine at the top echelons of the entertainment world.
STRAIGHT OFF THE PRESS
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has made a successful international debut with American show “Quantico”, is all set to present at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. Her name comes in the second slate of presenters that includes Steve Carell, Quincy Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Jared Leto Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, JK.
This piece has been written by Mahvish Gul, a self-confessed aficionado of all things film.
She is a resident of Dubai and a Professor of Economics at the American University of Dubai [AUD]