Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actress. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 2000. During her career, Chopra received a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards.
Making her acting debut with the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan, Chopra made her Bollywood film debut with The Hero in 2003 and followed it with the hit Andaaz, for which she won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She subsequently earned critical acclaim for her performance in Aitraaz, and later appeared in the commercially successful projects: Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Krrish (2006) and Don (2006). The year 2008 marked the beginning of a new phase in Chopra's career as her portrayal of a troubled model in Fashion earned her a National Film Award, as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She was later noted for her performances in Kaminey (2009), What's Your Raashee? (2009) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), which garnered her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Having done so, Chopra established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in Bollywood.
In addition to movie acting, Chopra has performed on television and in stage shows. She has written columns in national Indian newspapers, and is actively involved in charity work. She is regarded as one of most popular celebrities in India, and has many endorsement deals. In 2011 she signed a worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group and DesiHits to record and release her first music album. The first single "In My City" debuted 13 September 2012 on the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football Kick-off match.
Priyanka Chopra was born to Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, both physicians by profession in the Indian Army. Her father hails from a family of Punjabi origin, settled in Ambala district in the state of Haryana and her mother, from a Bihari Kayastha family settled in Jamshedpur. She also has a brother, Siddharth, who is seven years younger to her. Actress Parineeti Chopra is her cousin. Chopra had a very varied upbringing. Since her father was in the Army, her family frequently moved from one city to another during her schooling days. In an interview with Daily News and Analysis, Chopra said that she didn't mind moving around and shifting schools. She welcomed it as a new experience and imbibed the ethos of the multicultural Indian society. Places where she lived as a child include Jamshedpur, Delhi, Pune, Lucknow, Bareli, Ladakh, Chandigarh and Ambala.
Chopra studied at La Martiniere Girls' School in Lucknow and St. Maria Goretti College in Bareilly as a young girl. She subsequently re-located to the U.S. where she attended Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts and then in John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Having completed the tenth class, Chopra decided to become a criminal psychologist. She returned to India and finished her high school education at Army Public School in Bareilly; during this period she won a local beauty pageant called "May Queen". She registered for her college studies at Jai Hind College in Mumbai, but left abruptly when she decided to take the plunge into the field of glamour and went on to take part in the Femina Miss India contest.
Chopra entered the world of beauty pageants when her mother sent in pictures of her for the Femina Miss India contest without her knowledge. When she got called to participate, she was encouraged by her father, and she went for it. She came in second place at the Femina Miss India 2000 competition, behind Lara Dutta and ahead of Dia Mirza, winning the Femina Miss India World title. She was subsequently sent to the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000, along with Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty − Asia & Oceania. She impressed the judges with her effortless speech on behalf of humanity and charity, as she expressed admiration of Mother Teresa. In the same year, her Miss India co-winners Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza, 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. After winning the pageant, she spent one year traveling the world with the Miss World organization and eventually decided to become an actress.
Priyanka Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan playing the role of Priya, the love interest of the protagonist in the film played by Vijay. The film was praised for its wit, although the depth of Chopra's character was seen as lacking. In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in the Anil Sharma film The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. Chopra was awarded mostly good reviews for her debut Hindi performance. Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar's Andaaz. The film was a success at the box office, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Her next few films released in 2004, Plan, Kismat, and Asambhav performed poorly at the box office. 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. She next starred in Abbas-Mustan's thriller Aitraaz alongside Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. It was her first negative role and her performance was critically acclaimed. She earned a Filmfare Best Villain Award, becoming the second and last female actor to win the award after Kajol (the category has been retired since 2008). She also received a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the role.
In 2005, she starred in six films. Four of them, Blackmail, Karam, Yakeen and Barsaat failed to do well. However, her performance in Yakeen garnered mostly good reviews from critics. In 2006, Chopra starred in Rakesh Roshan's Krrish which was a sequel to the 2004 sci-fi film Koi... Mil Gaya. She shared the screen with Hrithik Roshan and Rekha. The film was declared a blockbuster and was one of the highest grossing films of the year.
In 2007, she appeared in Nikhil Advani's ensemble piece Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. Despite a promising opening, the movie was a financial failure. Chopra was severely criticized for her performance in the film. In 2008, Chopra acted in six films. Her first four films, Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona, were critically and commercially unsuccessful. Critics started panning her for choosing the wrong movies and criticising her performances. Still, she was noted for her physical performance in Drona. In 2007, Chopra returned to the Miss India pageant as a judge for the first time.
After a series of flops, Chopra was cast in Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion (2008) for the lead role of Meghna Mathur. Revolving around the fashion world through Chopra's role of an ambitious model, the film was a critical success. Her performance in the film was appreciated and earned her several awards for Best Actress including the National Film Award for Best Actress, as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
In 2010 Chopra became a television host with the reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi on the Colors TV channel, replacing Akshay Kumar. In August 2011, Chopra signed a worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group, the World's leading Music Company, and DesiHits. As part of this global deal, she will release her debut album in North America with Desi Hits through Interscope Records, and in other international markets on Island Records UK (distributed in India via Universal Music India).
In 2010, Chopra also joined hands with Wave, a philanthropic organization that works for the cause of women. She has been given the onus of supporting them in realizing their mission, one of which is to set up schools.
In early 2012, Chopra became the first Bollywood actor to be signed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a prominent entertainment and sports agency headquartered in Los Angeles. The agency will handle her acting career in Hollywood.
In September 2012, Chopra featured in Anurag Basu's Barfi! alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz. She was cast as Jhilmil Chatterjee; an autistic girl who falls in love with a deaf and mute boy. While preparing for her role, Chopra visited mental institutions and spent time with autistic people. The film opened to major critical acclaim and Chopra received unanimous praise for her portrayal, which several reviewers regarded as her best performance to date. Chopra has always been an avid fan of singing, often speaking about her passion in various interviews and also using it as her talent early in her pageantry career.
By 2012 Chopra began shuttling between India and Los Angeles to work extensively with her record label to complete her debut album. She has collaborated with artists such as Sam Watters, Matthew Koma, Jay Sean and producer RedOne.
Chopra also started writing a celeb and the city column titled "The Priyanka Chopra Column" for Hindustan Times. Chopra supports various charities including NDTV's Greenathon, an initiative to make people go eco-friendly and look into lack of electricity in multiple rural villages. She featured in an animated video alongside children to support the green cause.