Priyanka Chopra is an Indian film actress, celebrity endorser, singer, philanthropist, activist, and a former Miss World. She is currently one the highest paid and most popular celebrities in the country.Apart from being voted as a style icon and the sexiest Asian woman in the world, Priyanka has also won many awards for her acting which includes a National Award for Best Actress.
Chopra made her acting debut in the Tamil film ‘Thamizhan’ in the year 2002. Since then she has not looked back and her career has scaled the very peaks. The 5’7″ beauty became the first South Asian woman and the first Indian to play the main protagonist in an American TV series when she got the role of Alex Parrish in the ABC drama “Quantico.”Her upcoming movies include Gangaajal 2 and Bajirao Mastani.
Besides acting and singing, Priyanka has hosted TV shows, performed on stage, and continuously supports and promotes numerous causes such as gender equality, environment, women empowerment, girls’ education, women’s rights, and women’s safety. In 2010, she appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.
Early Life and Family Background
Priyanka was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar/Jharkhand on July 18 1982 to Madhu and Ashok Chopra, both of whom were doctors in the Indian Army. Actress Parineeti Chopra is her cousin. Ashok Chopra died in 2012. Priyanka was very fond of her father; she got a tattoo in his handwriting that read ‘Daddy’s lil girl’ after his death.
Priyanka’s parents moved a lot around the country as part of their job in the army. Hence, she attended many colleges and lived all over the country. She however considers Bareilly as her hometown. Chopra also spent a few years with her aunt in the US as a child. In America, she studied choral singing,Western classical music, Kathak dance, and took part in many theatre productions.
Priyanka entered the Femina Miss India contest in the year 2000 and was crowned as Miss India World. She subsequently competed in the Miss World Pageant and won the title. This opened the doors to a career in the Indian film industry.
She debuted in Bollywood opposite Sunny Deol in the film ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy.’
After featuring in many hits and box office duds, Chopra played a career defining lead role in the movie ‘Fashion.’ (2008). She also won a National Award for the film.
Her biggest hits include Aitraaz (2003) where she won the Filmfare Award for a negative role, 7 Khoon Maaf (where she won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress), Mary Kom (where she won the Screen Award for the Best Actress), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2005), Dostana (2006), Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011). Her autistic role in Barfi! (2012) won her rave reviews and many award nominations. She has a parallel role with Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani (2015) and plays a female dare-devil officer in Jai Gangajaal (2016)
International Music Career
Priyanka Chopra burst into the international music scene with a hit single ‘In My City’ (2012). This was followed by a dance number Exotic (2013) and a romantic ballad , ‘I can’t Make You Love Me’ (2014)
Priyanka Chopra – Boyfriends
Priyanka Chopra is currently single. During her Miss World time, she was in a relationship with model Aseem Merchant. Then she was dating Harman Baweja before dating Shahid Kapoor. She has been linked to Shah Rukh Khan as well.
Her brother Siddharth owns a pub lounge called The Mugshot Lounge in Pune with Yug Tuli. A student of hotel management, Siddharth is seven years younger than Priyanka.
Priyanka Chopra – Cars and bikes
She owns a great collection of toys including the enviable Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz E Class, BMW 7 Series and Porsche Cayenne. Her favorite of them all is her bike, which is a customized pink Harley Davidson.
Priyanka Chopra – House
Priyanka Chopra has several homes in Mumbai and Goa. According to information put forth by IT officials, she has 9 flats in Mumbai. The one at Raj Classic (Andheri, Versova) had five flats, of which three are merged into one, and the other two are converted into a second home. She bought these flats in 2008. Apart from this, Priyanka Chopra has homes in Oshiwara (Andheri) and Lokhandwala (Andheri), many of them which were given on rent for commercial purposes.
In 2015, Priyanka Chopra bought a bungalow in KarmaYog (Juhu-Vile Parle) at an undisclosed amount. She shifted to the place in the month of August, while her mother stays in Raj Classic.
Priyanka Chopra – Net Worth
Priyanka Chopra’s net worth is USD $6.8 million (Rs.42 crore INR). Her per movie fee is fee is INR 4- 5 crore (Rs. 8 crore for author-backed role) and she charges INR 1 crore per ad endorsement. She has also been paid an impressive sum of Rs. 25 crore for Quantico, plus a no-expense paid stay in a luxurious villa at LA, when she is working for the show.
Priyanka Chopra believes that time is very valuable and one should not waste it in frivolous things. She believes the only antidote for stress is work, ina field that one loves.