CLAIM TO FAME
Chopra won the Miss World pageant in 2000, and became a Bollywood actor, like her compatriot, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The 31-year-old has 45 films to her credit. In 2010, she hosted a season of “Khatron ke khiladi” the Indian version of “Fear Factor.”
“For me success is about taking chances … pushing the envelope and giving it everything you have. It’s been a great year, and I am overwhelmed with the success of both “Barfi” and my music debut. I have just started work on my next film, (in which) I play the role of world champion (Indian boxer) and Olympic medalist Mary Kom, in a film inspired by her amazing journey.”
Chopra was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for child rights in 2010. Plus, she is involved with NGOs that deal with violence against women, and raises funds for causes that educate girls in India. In April, she won the actress prize at the Times of India Film Awards in Vancouver for her portrayal of an autistic woman in “Barfi.”
Chopra is in the voice cast of Disney’s “Planes,” set for an Aug. 9 release. “Barfi” was India’s entry in Oscar’s foreign-language film category last year. She is also a singer, signed with the Universal Music Group, and has recorded singles with Pitbull and will.i.am. Her music career is managed by the Atomic Music Group’s Troy Carter, who also manages Lady Gaga. CAA reps her international film career.
Chopra won India’s national film award for actress, playing a troubled ramp model in “Fashion.” Other roles include a woman who serially kills her husbands in “7 khoon maaf” and playing 12 characters from different Zodiac signs in “What’s Your Raashee?”
“Priyanka is that rare combination of superb acting talent, great looks, brave choices, incredible versatility and that indefinable star quality,” says Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of studios for Disney UTV. “She owns every role she inhabits, and can play pretty much anything. We have worked with her on five movies in the past five years, and in each one she has played such varied characters with such aplomb that we can’t wait to find the next great part to challenge her with.”