When an 18-year-old girl became the fifth Indian to win the Miss World title in 2000, people expected another hit and miss story of an aspiring actress. With an upper-middle-class background, Priyanka Chopra never had the celebrity backing to help her jump-start her career. Apart from Aitraaz in 2004, most of her early films fetched moderate reviews from the critics. Gutsy as she was, Priyanka never lost hope, clawing back to the limelight with Krissh and Don and cementing her place as the leading Bollywood lady with Fashion, Barfi! And Mark Kom. Her performances received rave reviews from critics and the audience. People were simply left drooling in the wake of her elegance and beauty.
Her class and talent were the reasons why Hollywood came calling. After playing the lead and winning over hearts as Alex Parish in Quantico, the diva entered Hollywood cinema with Baywatch opposite Dwayne Johnson. Priyanka Chopra is the ambassador of Indian cinema in the West. It’s not just her stunning looks and considerable acting talent which makes her a role model. Her witty replies and intelligence make her even more charming and suitable for the role of globalizing Indian cinema.
Numerous offers from Hollywood films are in her kitty now, and maybe that’s why she could easily refuse the offer to star in a Salman Khan film, Bharat. Starring opposite Chris Pratt in the action comedy, Cowboy Ninja Viking is a far more lucrative option. She will appear in Todd Strauss-Schulson’s rom-com, ‘Isn’t it romantic’, which is slated to hit the screens on 2019 Valentine’s Day. Along with Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka will appear in Shonali Bose’s biographical drama, ‘The Sky is Pink’. She has also signed the contract to essay the role of the lawyer Vanita Gupta in Tulia. With other regional films in the list, her schedule over the next 10-12 months looks pretty busy.
With the B-Queen becoming an A-bride, there is much to look out for. 2018 saw two high-profile celebrity marriages, and there might just be time for another. It remains to be seen if this international marriage beats the rest with panache and grandeur. America and India are coming together with style. What could be better than that?