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Priyanka Chopra
  Hindi,Marathi,Bhojpuri Film     Producer, Main Lead, Supporting Actor, Director, Music Director, Singer, Guest    18 Jul 1982

Priyanka considers her first role as an Antagonist in the film,  'Aitraaz' as the biggest learning experience of her career.   
Born on Priyanka Chopra born on 18th July 1982 in Jamshedpur
Parents Ashok and Madhu Chopra
Siblings Priyanka is the eldest daughter and has a brother Siddharth.  Actress Parineeti Chopra and Meera Chopra and Mannara are her cousins
Early Life Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur , in Bihar now Jharkhand to Ashok and Madhu Chopra who were both physicians in the Indian Army.  Her father is a Punjabi and mother is from Jharkhand.  Due to her parents occupation the family has relocated several times and to a number of places in India. She has been raised in Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Ladakh, Lucknow and Bareilly and Pune. Therefore had attended schools  La Martiniere Girls School in Lucknow and St. Maria Goretti College in Bareilly . She enjoyed travelling regularly and changing schools and welcomed it as a new experience and was happy to discover the multicultural societies she came across from an young age.  Among the many places she lived she has fond memories of her childhood in Leh in Indian Desert of Jammu and Kashmir.   She however considers Bareilly her home town and feels strong connections with the city.   At the age of 13 Priyanka moved to the United States to study, living with her aunt and attending school in Newton Massachusetts and Cedar Rapids, Lowa after a stop in Queen's New York, as her aunt's family also moved homes frequently.   While in Massachusetts she participated in several theatre productions and studied the Western classical music, Choral singing and learnt Kathak dance.   After living abroad for three years she returned to India to finish her final year at her high school education at the Army Public School in Bareilly.   During this period she won the ' May Queen' Beauty Pageant after which she was pursued by admirers,  Her mother then entered her the Femina Miss India Contest of 2000 . Winning the crown at the Femina Miss India World title, Chopra went on to participate in the Miss World pageant where she was crowned Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental at the Millennium Dome in London in 2000.   Priyanka was the fifth Indian contestant to win Miss World . She had enrolled herself in college for higher studies but after winning the Miss World pageant, Priyanka Chopra started receiving offers for film roles. She is very close to her family including her younger brother Siddharth and in lives in an apartment on the same floor as her family. She was especially very attached to her father who died in June 2013 leaving Priyanka heartbroken for a few months. In 2012 she had got a tattoo reading' Daddy's Lil Girl in his handwriting.  Having not come from a film background she sees herself as a Self-made Woman.  Her mother a well established gynecologist in Bareilly gave up her practice to support Priyanka as she embarked upon her film career and is today one of the highest paid actress in the World and one of India's most popular celebrities.  Priyanka gained popularity not just for her roles in the films but also for her sense of style . She has received numerous awards and in 2016 Time Named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the World.  Although Priyanka Chopra aspired to study Engineering or Psychiatry , she accepted offers to join the Indian Film History which came to her after she won in the Pageant making her debut in the film, ' The Hero' in 2003.
Career After winning Miss India World, Priyanka  Chopra was cast as the female lead in Abbas-Mustan's romantic thriller film, ' HumRaaz' in 2002 which fell through for various reasons . She went on to do a film in Tamil, ' Thamizhan' and later she signed her debut film ,  'The Hero' in 2003 she played the leading lady in the Box office hits,'Andaaz' in 2003 and ' Mujhse Shaadi Karogi' in 2004 and earned praises for her breakout role in 2004 thriller 'Aitraaz'.  In 2006, Priyanka Choptra established herself as the Leading actress of Indian Cinema starring the in the top grossing films like 'Krish' and 'Don'.   Following a brief setback in her career, she  played the role of a troubled Model in the film ' Fashion' in 2008 which won her the National Film Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress  and subsequently she won recognition for her versatility in portraying a range of unconventional characters .  To name a few for her roles in Kaminey , 7 Khoon Maaf, Barfi, Mary Kom, Dil Dhadkne Do and Bajirao Mastani.all of which she received the Critical acclaim and several accolades .   In 2015 she starred as Alex Parrish on the ABC Thriller series Quantico becoming the first Asian Woman to headline on American Network Series. Priyanka considers her first role as an Antagonist in the film,  'Aitraaz' as the biggest learning experience of her career.  The film was critical and gained commercial success and her performance received acclaim . Her role as the Sonya Roy gave birth to juicy articles by the Review Writers as she chews up every scene in this film with her magnetic performance on screen .  She won the Filmfare Awards for Best Performance in a Negative Role and received nominations in Best Supporting Actress. Some of her best films were Waqt the Race Against time , Yakeen, Barsaat, Bluffmaster, Krissh, Koi Mil Gaya, Aap Ki Khatir, Salaam-e-Ishq, Kaminey,  Big Brother,God Tussi Great Ho, Dostana, What's your Raashi,  Chamku,Drona, Don,  to name a few.  
Other works and Philanthropy In addition to her being an established film actress of the Indian Cinema, Priyanka Chopra is noted for her philanthropic work and was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Right in 2010.  She promotes various causes such as environment , health and education and women's rights and is particularly vocal about Gender equality. She has also released three singles as a Singer and is the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures. Priyanka Chopra walked on the ramp for Mijwan charity fashion show in 2012 and supports various causes related to the girl child through her foundation,  "The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education which works towards providing support to unprivileged children across the country in the areas of Education and Health. She donates ten percent of her earnings to fund the foundations' operations and pays for educational and medical expenses for seventy children in India,fifty among who are girls. She is a speaker on Women's Issues, Female Infanticide and is in support of Education of Girls. A strong believer in Feminism, she has been vocal about Women's Rights, Gender Equality and Gender Pay. In 2006, a "Day with Chopra" was auctioned on eBay; the proceeds were donated to an NGO, Nanhi Kali, which helps educate girls in India.   She has made appearances in support of other charities, such as the 2005 HELP! Telethon Concert to raise funds for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake . In 2009 she shot a documentary film for the Organizational Alert India to increase understanding of Leprosy.  She modelled for designer Manish Malhotra and Shaina NC's Charity Fashion Show to raise funds for the Cancer Patient Aid Association  (CPAA). In 2010 Chopra was one of several celebrities who created promotional messages for Pearls Wave Trust, which campaigns against violence and abuse of women and girls. Priyanka Chopra also launched the "Save the Girl Child" campaign, which aims to change the attitudes of Indians towards girls She has worked with UNICEF since 2008 recording public-service announcements and participating in media panel discussions promoting children's rights and the education of girls, and participated in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  She was appointed as the UNICEF GoodWill Ambassador for Child Rights . Chopra is a supporter of environmental charities and is brand ambassador for the NDTV Greenathon an initiative to support eco-friendliness and provide solar power to rural villages without electricity supplies . She appeared with children in an animated video to support the cause to clear the rubbish from the banks of Yamuna River in Agra to increase the awareness of environmental issues.  She has adopted a tigress in 2011 and a lioness in 2012 at the Birsa Biological Park paying for both the animals upkeep for a year.  To promote organ donations, Chopra has pledged her own organs after death. Priyanka has donated Rs 5 million to Nanavati Hospital to build a Cancer Ward. The ward which is named after her late father.  The same year she provided her voice over in English and HIndi for the documentary film, Girl Rising for the Organization of the same name.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi selected Priyanka Chopra as one of his nine nominees calls ' Navratna' in 2014 for his "Swachh Bharath Abhiyan' a national cleanliness campaign by the Government of India urging people to maintain the cleanliness. In 2015, she voiced People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for PETA  to educate kids about elephants and captivity, and to urge people to boycott circuses  
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Awards Priyanka Chopra has received numerous Film Awards including Five Filmfare Awards and was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Civilian award by the Government of India in 2016. Time named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the World. Priyanka Chopra's final film of the year was the film Dostana   the film was a financial success with worldwide revenues of over ₹860 million in which her performance and look in the film were much acclaimed The following year Chopra played a feisty Maharashtrian Woman in the film, ' Kaminey'  The film received critical acclaim and became successful at the box-office with the worldwide gross earnings of ₹710 million. Her role earned her several awards and nominations, including a second consecutive Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role after Fashion and Best Actress at the Filmfare, Screen, and IIFA Awards, She also got nominated for her performance in the film, Whats your Raashee? based on the novel Kimball Ravenswood by Madhu Rye.   She received the screen Best Actress Award nomination for her performance in this film.  She was also considered for inclusion in the Guinness World Record Book to be the first Film Actress to portray 12 distinct characters in one film . At an young age, Priyanka Chopra has achieved it all with filming of several films, travelling for endorsements, performing at live shows her involvement for social cause and from her embark as the Beauty Pageant, she has only seen success at every step. Priyanka's major turning point in her career as a transformation from a simple girl from Chandigarh to an ambitious Supermodel is beyond imagination. Her performance in the films, Fashion World her awards for Best Actress, she has emerged as a commercially success Woman of this generation.
Footnotes Priyanka Chopra  is an incredible singer . Her father helped her in developing her interest in singing.  She had recorded her first vocal talent in her early pageantry career, for the song, ' Ullathai Killathe in the Tamil film, Thamizhan in 2002. She got offers for singing too but she had declined her offers and decided to concentrate on her acting career. Her first song as a playback singer in Bollywood was "Chaoro" from Mary Kom in 2014. Priyanka Chopra has promoted' In My City' at the Reliance Digital Store in Mumbai and became the first Bollywood Star signed by Creative Artists Agency an entertainment and Sports Agency based in Los Angeles.  She travelled to United States to work on her album in collaboration with Sam Watters, Matthew Koma and Jay Sean.  The album was produced by RedOne.  Her first single ' In My City, debut in the US in a TV Spot for the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football., the song was used to open each show of the season . The song was inspired by her unsettled Childhood and her journey from a small town girl to a celebrity. and trended on Number one on Twitter after its release.   The song received mixed reviews from critics, and was a commercial success in India; it sold more than 130,000 copies in its first week, topped the Hindi pop chart and was certified Triple Platinum.    In July 2013, Priyanka Chopra released her second single  "Exotic' featuring American Rapper Pitbull along with its music video .She was 16 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital songs chart. The single also entered at Number 74 on the Canadian Hot 100 Chart. and Number 44 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.  Her third single cover , ' I cant Make you Love Me. was released in 2014 and is peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart.  
Footnotes Her film Don was showcased at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech in Morocco. Her very brave role as Jhilmil ,  an autistic woman in the film ' Barfi' opposite to a dumb and deaf man played by Ranbir Kapoor received unanimous praise for her portrayal she was nominated for the Best Actress Awards.    To prepare for this role she had visited several mental institutions and spent time with the autistic people. The film is said to have earned Rs. 1.75 Billions worldwide.The film was chosen as India's entry for the 85th Academy Awards after Don 2  and Agneepath and Barfi ranked among the highest grossing Bollywood films of the year. Priyanka Chopra besides a flourishing career as a lead role in her films she also appeared in an Item Number in the film, 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in which she has executed a flawless contemporary mujra that incorporated complicated dance steps which shows her grace and poise. A sequel of film on Krish with Hrithik Roshan, the film earned positive reviews . The film became a box office success . Priyanka Chopra to prepare for her role in Mary Kom, spent time with Kom and received four months of Boxing training. The film premiered at 2015 Toronot International Film Festival and received positive reviews from the Critics. her performance received acclaim worldwide. She won the Screen Awards for Best Actress for her role. and nomination for Filmfare Award. Chopra began writing an opinion column, "The Priyanka Chopra Column", for the Hindustan Times in 2009. She wrote a total of fifty columns for the newspaper.


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