Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra: Priyanka Chopra is yet another beauty queen who has entered films. A former Miss World, she is one of the most popular actresses in the Hindi film industry scenario today starring in some of the biggest films made over the last couple of years. Though she still has some way to go as an actress, there is no doubt she is an absolute stunner in the looks and body department.

Debut Film: She debuted with a Tamil film, Thamizhan (2002). However, her Bollywood debut was with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2002).

Major Impact: Aitraaz (2003).

Successful Films: The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2002), Andaaz (2003), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2003), Aitraaz (2003), Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), Bluffmaster (2005), Don (2006), Krrish (2006), Fashion (2008), Dostana (2008)

Awards: Winner of the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Fashion (2008).

Films of Priyanka Chopra

  1. Alibaba and the 41 Thieves (2010)
  2. Chamki Chameli (2010)
  3. Happy New Year (2010)
  4. Kismat Talkies (2010) – Special appearance
  5. Anjaana Anjaani (2010) – Kiara
  6. Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (2010) – Guest Appearance
  7. Pyaar Impossible (2010) – Alisha
  8. Whats Your Raashee (2009) – Anjali/Bhavna/Jhankhana/Mallika/Kajal/Chandrika/Sanjana/Nandini/Hansa/Pooja/Rajni/Vishakha
  9. Kaminey (2009) – Sweety
  10. Billu Barber (2009) – Special Appearance
  11. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) – Special Appearance
  12. Dostana (2008) – Neha
  13. Fashion (2008) – Meghna Mathur
  14. Drona (2008) – Sonia
  15. Chamku (2008) – Shubhi
  16. God Tussi Great Ho (2008) – Alia Kapoor
  17. Love Story 2050 (2008) – Zeisha (double role)
  18. Om Shanti Om (2007) – special appearance
  19. Big Brother (2007) – Aarti
  20. Salaam-E-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007) – Kkamini
  21. Don (2006) – Roma
  22. Aap Ki Khatir (2006) – Anu
  23. 36 China Town (2006) – special appearance
  24. Alag (2006) – Special Appearance (Song)
  25. Bluff Master (2006) – Simran “Simmi” Ahuja
  26. Ek Haseena Ek Deewana (2006)
  27. Krrish (2006) – Priya (Journalist)
  28. Taxi Number 9211 (2006) – Special appearance
  29. Barsaat (2005) – Kajal
  30. Blackmail (2005) – Mrs. Rathod
  31. Karam (2005) – Shalini (John’s wife)
  32. Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005) – Pooja ‘Mitali’
  33. Yakeen (2005) – Simar
  34. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) – Rani Singh
  35. Aitraaz (2004) – Mrs. Sonia Roy
  36. Asambhav (2004) – Alisha
  37. Kismat (2004) – Sapna Gosai
  38. Plan (2004) – Rani (Mussa’s girlfriend)
  39. Andaaz (2003) – Jiya
  40. The Hero (2003) – Shaheen Zakaria
  41. Thamizhan (2002) – Priya

Facts we didn’t know:

Her dad is Punjabi-speaking, while her mom is from Bihar. As a child, she suffered from Asthma and was very close to her dad. Her family affectionately called her Mimi.

While she was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, she also spent her childhood in Rae Barreilly, in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Lucknow, where she was enrolled in the La Martiniere Girls’ School. These frequent re-locations took place as Ashok was a doctor in the Indian Army. She subsequently re-located to the U.S. where she studied in Newton’s Newton North High School and then in Cedar Rapid’s John F. Kennedy High School in Massachusetts and Iowa respectively.

In 2000 she returned to India and enrolled in Jai Hind College and Basant Singh Institute of Science in Churchgate, Bombay, but had to leave abruptly as she was crowned Miss India. She was subsequently crowned Miss World in the same year – a year which proved to be a year for Indian Beauty Queens – as Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza were also crowned Miss Universe and Miss Asia Pacific respectively. Ironically, beauty pageants are banned in India’s conservative state, Uttar Pradesh.

While shooting the song “Do Me A Favor, Let’s Play Holi” in the movie Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), she stepped on a live wire and received a shock. She was hospitalized for a day.

Did her schooling from La Martinière in Lucknow. She completed tenth grade in Boston and wanted to become a software engineer or a criminal psychologist.

Turned down the lead in Umrao Jaan (2006) to work in Bluffmaster! (2005).

Listed as number 2 of ‘Top Bollywood Actresses’ of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25-2006)

Turned down a part in London Dreams (2009) because she could not provide the shooting dates as she was busy with other films.

Listed #1 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of “Asia’s Sexiest Women” (Sept/2006).

Appeared on the cover of the premiere issue of Maxim magazine, Indian version, released in 2006.

Priyanka’s passion for Anjaana Anjaani

Quite excited about gathering knowledge about the nitty-gritty when it came to framing a shot and also learning other technical aspects of cinema, Priyanka Chopra was involved with the making of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Anjaana Anjaani right from scripting to the final day of shoot.

“This is the reason why she went on to do a lot more than just prepare for the role of Kiara who meets a complete stranger Akash (played by Ranbir Kapoor)”, says Siddharth Anand, the director of Anjaana Anjaani, “She worked in tandem to flesh out the character, work around on all the intricacies and also bring her wide range of experience to sets the when it came to actual shooting.”

Priyanka’s passion about the making of the film pleasantly surprised the makers here as she was curious about everything from lighting to set design to locations to the mood of the scene to costumes and even the conduct of people who were walking in the background. Though any experienced actor is expected to be involved in her characterisation, Priyanka was inclined towards playing a much bigger role.

“She ensured though that her involvement didn’t come across as interference. There is a thin line between that and many have burnt their hands when their over enthusiastic approach and inquisitive nature have turned out to be counter productive for an actor-director relationship. Priyanka made her point, in fact even had healthy discussions at places and was basically in learning rather than dictating mode. Anjaana Anjaaniwas basically a platform for her to learn the ropes on the job and Priyanka was glad that no one minded that”, smiles Siddharth.

Though elements of her inclination towards being in the know-how of most minute details of direction were visible in her earlier attempts as well, it is pretty apparent that they were pretty much on fore during the shooting ofAnjaana Anjaani. Guess Priyanka is fast making progress to move into a bigger role and picking up bigger responsibilities pretty soon!

Anjaana Anjaani Preview

Anjaana Anjaani is a romantic comedy film. Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) is based in San Francisco, while Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) is a New York City boy. Both are trying to find luck in their lives after several failed attempts to be successful in their careers and in love. Fed up, they both decide to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. However, both land up on the same bridge at the same time. Akash stops Kiara from jumping and tells her to travel with him to Vegas to make it big.

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