Priyanka Chopra is an Indian singer and film actress who was born on July 18, 1982. She is Miss World pageant (2000). She was born in Jamshedpur to Madhu and Ashok Chopra. She has a younger brother Siddharth. Meera Chopra, Mannara and Actress Parineeti Chopra are her cousins. Her family relocated to several cities in India because of the occupations of her parents. They relocated to cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Ambala, Bareilly, Ladakh and Pune. She attended St. Maria Goretti College Bareilly and La Martiniere Girls School in Lucknow. In an interview, she added that she didn’t have any problem in changing schools and traveling frequently. She always had a new experience and she discovered several cultures in India.
Along with various places where she spent her life, Chopra has lasting memories of playing in Leh’s cold valleys as a child. She was in 4th standard in Leh and her brother was born then. Her father was posted in Leh as an army man. She had tremendous memories of Leh and she stayed there for a year. They were army kids and living in houses. There was a Stupa just on the hilltop from where the whole valley can be viewed. Her connections with Bareilly are so strong that she considers it as her home town.
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She has become one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood throughout her career and among the high-profile and most popular celebrities in India. Several media outlets have titled her as the sexiest Asian woman in the world and among the most prestigious fashion icons in Indian celebrities. She earned several nominations and awards, including Filmfare Awards in 4 categories and National Award for Best Actress. Initially, Chopra aspired to study psychiatry or engineering. But she got offers in film industry that came due to her pageant wins. She made her debut in Thamizhan (2002), a Tamil film. She got her first Hindi film debut with The Hero and followed it with several hits like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Andaaz.
Later on, she earned huge critical appreciation for her role in Airtraaz (2004). She had been established as the leading lady by 2006 in Indian Cinema with several lead roles in critically and commercially successful hits like Don and Krrish. She got her career’s turning point with Fashion (2008). Her role was critically praised and she earned National Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Subsequently, she gained her critical acclaim for her versatility in playing different unconventional roles in films like 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), Kaminey (2009), Mary Kom (2014) and Barfi! (2012). She got several accolades for all of these films.
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In the recent historical romantic drama film, Bajirao Mastani (2015), she played Kashibai and got huge respect. She also starred in American TV series Quantico in ABC and became the first Asian girl of its kind. Along with her career in acting, she participated in several stage shows, written columns for newspapers, and became the prominent celeb endorser for products and brands.
In 2012, she released her debut single track “In My City”. In 2013, she launched her next single “Exotic” with Pitbull and charted the top in countries like Canada and United States. She is also known for her philanthropic work and she became the Goodwill Ambassador in 2010 for UNICEF for Child Rights. She is promoting several causes like health and education, environment, women’s rights and women empowerment. She is also vocal on women’s issues like gender equality, safety, and pay inequality. She is quite restrained in speaking about her off-screen life in public. But her personal life is the matter of huge media coverage.
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