Priyanka Chopra is one of the highest paid actresses in the world, as well as a singer and a philanthropist. She is one of the top trendsetters and is greatly acknowledged for her fashion sense. She has bagged several awards including the Miss World pageant 2000 and the Padma Shri award, which is the fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2016. She is also named one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Being from non-filmy background, she initially wanted to study engineering or psychiatry. She started accepting offers after winning the pageant. Her Bollywood debut, The Hero: Love story of a spy, highest-grossing Bollywood movie that year, but received mixed reviews from critics. After her initial setbacks, Priyanka received acclaim for her role in the movie Fashion, where she played the role of a model from a small town.
Priyanka was very close to her father, who passed away in 2013, he was also the one who helped her develop her interest in singing. She was very close to her father and is seen sporting a tattoo- “Daddy’s Lil Girl…” on her wrist. Due to her parents’ occupation, her family has relocated to numerous places around India.
At the age of 13, she moved to United States to study, where she participated in several theatre productions and studied western classical music. Growing up in the US, she was bullied for being an Indian kid. After moving back to India, she started winning beauty pageants which eventually led her to winning the Miss World pageant in 2000.
Priyanka Chopra has founded “The Priyanka Chopra Foundation For Health And Education” which supports causes related to girl child. She donates 10% of her earnings to fund the foundation’s work and pays for medical and educational expenses for 70 children in India, 50 of who are girls. She was appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and brand ambassador of NDTV’s Greenathon initiative.
In 2009, she started writing an opinion column for The Hindustan Times, writing a total of 50 columns and has continued to write for various newspapers every now and then. Some of her famous recent works include Gunday, Bajirao Mataani, Dil Dhadkne Do.
She is also seen in an American network thriller series Quantico and will be seen in Baywatch. She recently moved to New York to pursue her career in Hollywood and her apartment is a dream come true. Priyanka Chopra’s production house Purple Pebble Pictures has released a Marathi movie Ventilator in which she has sung a song in Marathi ‘Baba’, which is a tribute to her own father. She has sung for Bollywood movies too, her latest being the title track of Dil Dhadkne Do. Her music venture includes lending her voice for a Tamil song and various other English songs of her own.
Despite the controversies that surround her Priyanka Chopra has managed to stay humble. The most recent controversy, where she was seen sporting a tee that says “traveler”, was wrongly received by the people and she was quick to apologize for the same. All we can say is – YOU GO GIRL!