Priyanka Chopra Is Proof That Hard Work And Dedication Does Pay Off-Dreams Can Come True
The perfect combination of ‘smarts and beauty’, Priyanka Chopra is proof that if you ‘dare to dream big’, hard work and dedication can pave the way to your success. Not only did she win Miss World aged 17, but she has also won a medal of honour from the Indian government for her service to public life, as well as becoming the first Indian Ambassador for Guess, and one of the few Indian actresses to have a successful transition from Bollywood to Hollywood, working with the likes of Zac Efron, The ‘Rock’ and Josh Hopkins. Priyanka Chopra’s story first began 36 years ago where she was born in Jamshedpur, to Ashok and Madhu Chopra who were both physicians in the Indian army. Due to her parents occupations, Priyanka and her siblings relocated to a number of places in India, but Chopra stated that she did not mind ‘travelling regularly’ and changing schools, as it gave her a chance to discover India’s multicultural society, especially playing in the valleys of Leh. Later aged 13 Chopra moved to the United States to study, participating in theatre productions, choral singing and Kathak dance.Living with her aunt, who also moved a lot like her parents, Chopra stated that she faced racial abuse for being Indian, whilst living in the States, declaring that although she was a ‘gawky kid who had low self-esteem’ she was ‘damn hard working’ and it was this desire to succeed that would allow Priyanka Chopra to become one of the most successful names in Showbiz.
After three years in the United States, Chopra returned to India, where she won the local May Queen beauty pageant, before finishing second in the Femina Miss India Contest of 2000. But how did Chopra transition from pageants to films I hear you ask? Well originally Chopra’s aim was not to become a film star as Chopra wanted to become an aeronautical engineer, having enrolled in college to study, but after winning the Miss World pageant in 2000, she made the choice to leave college to pursue acting. Given the title of Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen Of Beauty-Asia And Oceania, not only was Chopra the fifth Indian contestant to win Miss World, but the Miss India and Miss World titles brought her recognition that allowed her to have parts in both Tamil and Bollywood films.
Consequently Priyanka Chopra rose to fame after winning the Miss World pageant in 2000 and has since worked across Bollywood and Western film as well as having a successful career as a model and television presenter, with ties to philantrophy. Chopra’s debut screen debut was in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan, with a Bollywood debut in 2003 as a second female lead opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in Anil Sharma’s ‘The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy’. The Hero became one of the highest grossing Bollyywood films from that year, but Chopra found that Bollywood was tough for young actresses, where they would be typecast as ‘one note seductresses’ that did not allow Chopra to showcase her magnetic acting prowess. At one point, critics and naysayers said that her career was over, after six consecutive commercial failures at the box office, but with her determination and grit she proved everyone wrong, after a turn in Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Fashion, which not only revived her career but both the film and her performance received critical acclaim. Winning ‘The National Film Award for Best Actress’, ‘The Filmfare Award For Best Actress’, The IIFA Award for Best Actress’ , ‘The Screen Award For Best Actress’ and ‘The Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role’ Chopra showed that ‘women-centric’ films with no male lead, is not only much needed in the wake of a feminist revolution but proved to be commercially successful with $8 million in worldwide revenue.
Another impressive film role that Chopra took on was in Anurag Basu’s Barfi! with Ranbir Kapoor in 2012, which saw Priyanka play Jhilmil Chatterjee, an autistic woman who falls in love with a deaf man (Kapoor). Set in the 1970’s, to prepare for the role Chopra visited several mental institutions and spent time with autistic people, surprising critics with her transformation from an action heroine, who stated that her performance was ‘the best representation of autism on Indian celluloid’. Barfi ended up earning $24 million worldwide, remaining ranked among the highest grossing Bollywood films, alongside Don 2, Agneepath and Barfi! (all films she had starred in) . But how did Priyanka make her debut in Hollywood I hear you ask? In 2015, Chopra signed a talent holding deal with ABC studios, later cast in the American thriller series Quantico, making Priyanka the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. Received to critical and commercial success she received the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for their Favourite Actress In A New TV Series,becoming the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award. In 2016,Chopra also won a second People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress.
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Despite Chopra’s transition into American Silver Screen shows, Priyanka still continued to slay the Bollywood scene. Her role in Bollywood not only arguably made the genre popular across the globe but since securing her first contract in 2002, Chopra has not only starred in nearly 80 movies, but has also self-produced films that she stars in, as well as backing other projects. Bollywood’s prominence outside of India can be attributed to the diasporic population across the globe and the feel good nature of the films, as well its rich and diverse culture. Often featuring high drama and a great soundtrack, the genre is accessible to those who don’t speak the language. As Bollywood makes its way around the globe, it has had a profound influence on musicians and artists. RedBet casino offers a Bollywood Story slot, which tells a Bollywood story with an engaging soundtrack, providing an entry level for those who aren’t ready to commit to a whole film. However Chopra’s films are definitely excellent Bollywood classics that audiences from all around the world can enjoy, a particular favourite of mine being Gunday, a romantic action drama directed by Ali Abbas Zafar in 2o15.
Somehow Chopra even finds time to be a journalist, television presenter, model and philanthropist, alongside her role as a film star, which are all impressive roles to add to her ever growing resume. In 2017 Priyanka Chopra made her debut in Hollywood, in Baywatch alongside Zac Efron and The Rock, which while was not a commerical success in North America, performed better in the overseas markets and allowed Chopra to participate in other American films like ‘ A Kid Like Jake’ a drama about gender variance, showcased at The 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Despite Chopra’s hectic schedule, Priyanka continues to work on exciting upcoming projects such as Todd Strauss-Schulson’s romantic comedy ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ alongside Rebel Wilson, Shonali Bose’s biographical drama The Sky Is Pink, as well as starring alongside Chris Pratt in the action film Cowboy Ninja Viking. She is also producing over a dozen regional films in various languages under her production company, as well as developing a sitcom for ABC, based on the life of the actress Madhuri Duxit and her move to America, for which she will be an executive producer. Alongside a successful role as a film star, Chopra also had a career as a singer, whose father helped her become interested in singing. With collaborations featuring Will.Iam and Pitbull, Chopra garnered relative music success, although was unable to break the US market, even though her single ‘In My City’ topped the Hindi pop chart and was certified double platinum after selling 130,000 copies in its first week.
Chopra has not only carved a successful career for herself but has also managed to support those who are less fortunate, which must be the true marker of success.The powerhouse actress, model and film producer is also an activist, supporting several international organisations through roles as a spokeswoman. She is also runs her own charity, The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, which supports children in India who don’t have access to healthcare and education. She has also worked as a goodwill ambassador to UNICEF since 2006, supporting the rights of children, in particular the rights of young women in India. Proving that Priyanka is dedicated to helping others, Chopra not only donates 10% of her earnings to fund The Priyanka Chopra Foundation’s operations but she also pays for the educational and medical expenses for seventy children in India, fifty of which are girls. A proud spokesperson for social issues Chopra is vocal on speaking out about Female Infanticide and foeticide, as well as showing support for education for girls, and has always been passionate about advocating for women’s rights, gender equality and gender pay inequality. Alongside her role in providing support to underprivileged children, Priyanka has worked with UNICEF, appointed as the national UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2o10. Praised for passion, dedication and philanthropy, Chopra is also passionate about supporting environmental charities, becoming an ambassador for NDTV Greenathon, an initiative to support eco-friendliness and provide solar power to rural villages without electricity supplies.
Named in 2016 by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World and listed among Forbes ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ it is clear that Priyanka Chopra is not only an incredibly talented actress, model, journalist and philanthropist, but is also an influential entrepreneur who is proof that coming from a small town does not limit you from dizzying heights of success, nor does it define how your future pans out. In short, no dream is too big for you to achieve and with the right mindset anything is possible.
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