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Priyanka Chopra
Born July 18, 1982 (1982-07-18) (age 27)
Jamshedpur, Jharkand, India
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2001 - present

Priyanka Chopra (Hindi: प्रियंका चोपड़ा; born 18 July 1982)[1] is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 2000.[2]

Chopra made her acting debut with the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. The following year, she made her Bollywood film debut with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and followed it with the hit Andaaz, for which she won a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In 2004 she became the second woman to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award, which she received for her critically acclaimed performance in Aitraaz. Chopra would later have commercial success with films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Krrish (2006) and Don - The Chase Begins Again.[3] Chopra earned a Filmfare Best Actress Award and a National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a model in Fashion (2008) and has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in Bollywood.[4][5]


Early life

Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to Ashok Chopra and Madhu Akhauri, both physicians by profession.[6] Chopra spent her childhood in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh; Newton, Massachusetts; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.[7] Her father was in the army and thus her family moved quite frequently. Her father hailed from a family of Punjabi origin, settled in Bareilly and her mother comes from a family settled in Jamshedpur. She also has a brother, Siddharth, who is seven years younger than she is.[8]

Chopra studied at La Martiniere Girls' School in Lucknow as a young girl. These frequent re-locations took place as her father was a physician in the Indian Army. She subsequently re-located to the U.S. where she studied in Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts and then in John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She returned to India and did her high school at Army School in Bareilly. She began college at Jai Hind College in Mumbai but left after winning the Miss World pageant.

Miss World

Chopra came in second place at Femina Miss India 2000 competition winning the Femina Miss India World title and subsequently being sent to Miss World where she was crowned Miss World 2000.[9] In the same year, Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza, both also from India, won the Miss Universe and Miss Asia Pacific crowns respectively, in a rare triple victory for one country.

When Chopra won the Miss World crown, she became the fifth Indian woman to win the title, and the fourth Indian woman to win in a span of seven years.

On December 12, 2009, Chopra was present as a judge for the Miss World 2009 competition held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Acting career

Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan playing the role of Priya, the love interest of the protaginist in the film played by Vijay. In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy directed by Anil Sharma, in a supporting role as a doctor named Shaheen. Despite being one of the highest grossing films of that year, the film was given a below average status.[10] Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar's Andaaz opposite Akshay Kumar. The film turned out to be a box office success,[10] earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

Her next few films released in 2004 like Plan, Kismat and Asambhav performed poorly at the box office.[11] Later that year she appeared in David Dhawan's romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi playing the role of a young fashion designer Rani along with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, the film turned out to be the third highest grossing film of that year.[12] She next starred in Aitraaz. It was her first negative role. Her performance won critical acclaim[13] and earned a Filmfare Best Villain Award. She also received a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the role. In the same year, she participated in a world tour titled Temptations 2004 with other Bollywood actors, including Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Arjun Rampal.

In 2005, several of her films were released, all of which did not do well at the box office.[11]

In 2006, Chopra starred in two of the most successful films of the year - Krrish and Don - The Chase Begins Again.[14]

Nikhil Advani's ensemble piece, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love was Chopra's first release in 2007. The movie failed to do well at the box office.[15] Chopra's next release, Big Brother also underperformed.

In 2008, Chopra featured in six films. Her first four films, Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona, failed to do well.[16] Chopra's fifth release of the year, Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion was a critical success. The film revolved around the fashion world and Chopra's role was that of an ambitious model. Her performance in the film was appreciated and earned her several awards for Best Actress including the Filmfare Best Actress Award.[17] Chopra's final release of the year was Tarun Mansukhani's romantic comedy Dostana. The film was a moderate financial success.[16][18]

In 2009 she appeared in Vishal Bharadwaj's Kaminey alongside Shahid Kapoor playing a marathi girl named Sweety. Her performance in the film was described by critic Taran Adarsh: "Priyanka is first-rate. She's so much in sync with her character. Also, she gets the Maharashtrian accent perfect".[19] She has appeared in Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee? and Jugal Hansraj's Pyaar Impossible.[20]. Priyanka plays the college beauty in this film.[21]

She has also signed Sanjay Gupta's Chamki Chameli and Vishal Bharadwaj's Saat Khoon Maaf in which she plays the role of a woman with seven husbands including Naseeruddin Shah, Neil Nitin Mukesh, an unknown american actor, etc.


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Thamizhan Priya Tamil film
Sung playback for the song Ullathai Killadhey
2003 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Shaheen Zakaria
Andaaz Jiya Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2004 Plan Rani
Kismat Sapna
Asambhav Alisha
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Rani Singh
Aitraaz Mrs. Sonia Roy Winner, Filmfare Best Villain Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2005 Blackmail Mrs. Rathod
Karam Shalini
Waqt: The Race Against Time Pooja Padukonia
Yakeen Simar
Barsaat Kajal
Bluffmaster Simmi Ahuja
2006 Taxi Number 9211 Special appearance
36 China Town Seema Special appearance
Alag Special appearance in song Sabse Alag
Krrish Priya
Aap Ki Khatir Anu
Don - The Chase Begins Again Roma
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Kamini
Big Brother Aarthi Sharma
Om Shanti Om Herself Special appearance in song Deewangi Deewangi
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Herself Special appearance
Love Story 2050 Sana/Zeisha Double role
God Tussi Great Ho Alia Kapoor
Chamku Shubhi
Drona Sonia
Fashion Meghna Mathur Winner, National Film Award for Best Actress
Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Dostana Neha Melwani
2009 Billu Herself Special appearance in song You Get Me Rockin & Reeling
Kaminey Sweety Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
What's Your Raashee? 12 Roles Anjali/Vishakha/Kajal/Hansa/Mallika/Pooja/Rajni/
2010 Pyaar Impossible Alisha Merchant
Anjaana Anjaani Anjali Kakkad Filming
Alibaba Aur 41 Chor Marjina Voice only
2011 Saat Khoon Maaf Pre-production

See also


  1. ^ "Priyanka Chopra". The Times of India. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ IANS (5 December 2000). "Priyanka admits lapse". The Tribune. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Powerlist: Top Bollywood Actresses". Retrieved 25 August 2006. 
  4. ^ "To Catch a Star: Priyanka on her best role". Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Powerlist: Top Bollywood Actresses". Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  6. ^ profile. Retrieved on 14 January 2006
  7. ^ profile. Retrieved on 19 November 2008
  8. ^ "Priyanka's precious gift for her brother". Retrieved 17 March 2007. 
  9. ^ "Priyanka Chopra is Miss World 2000". 2000-12-01. Retrieved 2006-08-02. 
  10. ^ a b "Box Office 2003". Retrieved 7 July 2003. 
  11. ^ a b "Priyanka Chopra Filmography". Retrieved 7 July 2003. 
  12. ^ "Box Office 2004". Retrieved 7 July 2003. 
  13. ^ "Movie Review: Aitraaz". Retrieved 11 November 2004. 
  14. ^ "Box Office 2006". Retrieved 7 July 2003. 
  15. ^ "Box Office 2007". Retrieved 7 July 2003. 
  16. ^ a b "Box Office 2008". BoxOffice Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Fahion Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. 
  18. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Dostana Review". Bollywood Hungama. 
  19. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Kaminey Review". Bollywood Hungama. 
  20. ^ "Pyaar Impossible". Yash Raj Films. Retrieved May 2009. 
  21. ^ "Pyaar is possible in every way and every form: Priyanka Chopra". 

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Miss World
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