Priyanka Cho­pra

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Bol­ly­wood Be­gin­nings

Priyanka Cho­pra made her Bol­ly­wood De­but in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. The film pre­dom­i­nantly re­volved around its star Sunny Deol and his ro­mance with Pre­ity Zinta. How­ever, Priyanka's pres­ence was, well, in­ter­est­ing. She then starred in An­daaz in a neg­a­tive role along­side Ak­shay Kumar and Lara Dutta and its suc­cess proved that she could hold her own in a film with big names. Over the next few years, Priyanka Cho­pra acted in some for­get­table and some mildly suc­cess­ful films till she wowed on and all with her vamp-ish act in Ai­traaz. This was a turn­ing point.

The Mid­dle Years

Priyanka Cho­pra still had not be­come a solo player. In an in­dus­try that is as pa­tri­ar­chal as the coun­try it is a part of, the movies it made sel­dom had good roles for women. Nev­er­the­less, Priyanka Cho­pra got roles where she had the op­por­tu­nity to show some sem­blance of a per­for­mance. In films like Karam, Ya­keen and Farhan Akhtar's re­make of Don, Piggy Chops showed why she is one of the most sought-af­ter names in the in­dus­try. And all this while, she was act­ing with the top stars; Hrithik Roshan (Kr­rish), Shah Rukh Khan (Don) and Salaam-e-Ishq (Nikhil Ad­vani).

One-Woman Army

It was with Mad­hur Bhan­darkar's Fash­ion that Priyanka Cho­pra be­gan to be reck­oned as a force of na­ture. In that film, she played the cen­tral pro­tag­o­nist Meghna who comes from a small town to Mum­bai to be­come a su­per­model. In the process, she be­comes hugely suc­cess­ful but her self-destruc­tive ways brings her down from grace. The role got her a Na­tional Film Award. There­after, she be­gan star­ring in big-ticket star ve­hi­cles like Dostana and An­jaana An­jaani on the one hand while she made a habit out of giv­ing solid, ca­reer-defin­ing per­for­mances such as those in Kaminey and 7 Khoon Maaf. Mul­ti­ple Com­mer­cial and Crit­i­cal Suc­cesses; The Ar­rival of The 'Priyanka Cho­pra' The block­buster Agneepath. The sur­prise su­per-hit Barfi! where Priyanka Cho­pra amazed ev­ery­one with how well she could por­tray a men­tally de­fi­cient young girl. The biopic Mary Kom, the Woody Al­lenesque drama Dil Dhadakne Do and the his­tor­i­cal epic Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani. All crit­i­cally ac­claimed and all su­perduper hits. Within a span of five years, Priyanka Cho­pra had taken over Bol­ly­wood; such was the writ­ing on the wall and she had man­aged to do it with­out com­ing from a film fam­ily, mar­ry­ing a film ac­tor or any other back­ing.

Branch­ing Out and Global Suc­cess

Priyanka Cho­pra made an at­tempt at be­com­ing a global singing sen­sa­tion. That did not work out well. But she got to col­lab­o­rate with artists like Jay Sean, Re­dOne and Her sin­gles, In My City and Ex­otic, were heav­ily aired around the world mak­ing her a known 'face'. All of this cul­mi­nated into Priyanka Cho­pra grab­bing the lead role in Quan­tico, the TV se­ries, and that be­came a hit. Priyanka Cho­pra has sin­gle-hand­edly, just with her tal­ent, achieved the sky, the moon, and a lit­tle more. And now, Priyanka Cho­pra is branch­ing out as a pro­ducer of mul­ti­ple re­gion­al­lan­guage films, one of which, the Marathi film Ven­ti­la­tor was a box­of­fice suc­cess and won three Na­tional Awards this year. Bay­watch is just a mere mile­stone for Priyanka Cho­pra whose ca­reer can be traced with the nu­mer­ous mile­stones she has laid over the years. Bay­watch is not the limit. It is just the be­gin­ning.

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