Priyanka Chopra, armed with long legs and the Miss World crown, followed the precedent set by other beauty contest winners by joining the Bollywood bandwagon.
The Nomadic Mimi
Priyanka Ashok Chopra was born on 18th July 1982 in Jamshedpur and is fondly known as Mimi. Her father is Capt. Dr.Ashok Chopra and her mother is Dr.Madhu Chopra. She has a younger brother Siddharth. Her father’s origin is a mix of Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi while her mother’s is a mix of Tamil, Malayali and Kannada.
Her family was always on the move as her father was in the army. Some of her growing up years were spent in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. She studied at the La Martiniere Girl’s School in Lucknow before re-locating to the United States of America. While there, she studied at the Newton North High School in Massachusetts and later in North Delta Senior Secondary School in North Delta. On returning back to India, she continued her schooling in the Army School at Bareilly. She joined the Jai Hind College in Mumbai but dropped out when she won the second place in the Miss India beauty pageant. She went onto bring home the Miss World crown in 2000, becoming one of the five Indians to have won that title.
Belle of Bollywood
Her first film was in Tamil. Thamizhan released in 2002. This was followed by two films The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and Andaaz. Her part in the latter won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In 2004, she met with success in Mujhse Shaadi Karoge and Aitraaz, which was inspired by the Hollywood hit Disclosure. Her performance as Mrs. Sonia Roy was recognized with the Filmfare Best Villain Award. Her biggest hit in 2005 was Bluffmaster with Abhishek Bacchan.
In 2006, she starred in two of the year’s biggest box office successes like Krrish with Hrithik Roshan and Don – The Chase Begins Again with Shah Rukh Khan. Her consequent releases in 2007 like Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love and Big Brother were flops. The year 2008 was no better. She starred in big budget films like the sci-fi Love Story 2050 with Harman Baweja, God Tussi Great Ho with Salman Khan and Drona with Abhishek Bacchan. None of the films matched the set expectations.
Her other releases in 2008 are Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion in which she plays Meghna Mathur, a small-town girl who tastes success in the glamour industry. The other film is Dostana with John Abraham and Abhishek Bacchan. She will also put in a fleeting appearance in Billo Barber.
She is currently filming for Ashutosh Gowariker’s What’s Your Raashee? with Harman Baweja and Kaminay, both to be released in 2009.