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Since her in­ter­na­tional act­ing de­but with Quan­tico in Septem­ber 2015, Priyanka Cho­pra has con­tin­ued to break new ground world­wide. This year, she signed with Ni­rav Modi, rep­re­sent­ing the brand along­side Rosie Hunt­ing­tonWhitely and starred in Bay­watch with Dwayne ‘the Rock’ John­son and Zac Efron. But take a mo­ment to re­call her singing ca­reer, such as it is—which is what brought her to the at­ten­tion of beer-drink­ing Amer­i­cans, when ‘In My City’ was cho­sen as the theme song for the Na­tional Foot­ball League’s Thurs­day Night Foot­ball broad­cast. As far as cross­over per­for­mances go, that tune ranked a smidge closer to Ed­die Mur­phy’s 1985 turkey, ‘Party All the Time’, than J.Lo’s ‘Jenny from the Block’. But let’s be hon­est: that was mostly down to the song­writer. The mar­ket­ing whizzes at GAP ap­par­ently agree, since they chose Priyanka to sing Boney M’s ‘Sunny’ with the likes of Wiz Khal­ifa, Christie Brink­ley, and Yara Shahidi in the brand’s lat­est ad cam­paign. Her chat show cir­cuit charm en­sures that she can es­sen­tially do no wrong in the eyes of Amer­i­cans, of course. But here at in­dia to­day, we still think her cross­over ap­peal is more Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe than Mar­cia Bar­rett—as long as her ren­di­tion of ‘Happy Birth­day’ isn’t ad­dressed to Don­ald Trump.

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