Priyanka Chopra Jonas overcame sexism and racism to become India's first global icon, and here's everything you need to know about the actress and entrepreneur!
She is a model, actress, and singer from India. Chopra, the Miss World 2000 winner, is one of India's highest-paid actresses. She has won several awards, including two National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards. In 2016, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Shri, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Forbes named her one of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women two years later.
Despite her desire to study aeronautical engineering, Chopra accepted offers to work in the Indian film industry as a result of her pageant victories. In the Tamil film Thamizhan, she made her acting debut (2002). Following that, she made her Bollywood debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003). She starred in the box office hits Andaaz (2003) and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), and she received critical acclaim for her breakthrough performance in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz.
Chopra rose to prominence with leading roles in the top-grossing films Krrish and Don (both 2006), which she later reprised in their sequels. Following a brief setback, Chopra rose to prominence in 2008 for her roles as a troubled model in Fashion, for which she received the National Film Award for Best Actress, and as a glamorous journalist in Dostana.
Chopra rose to prominence after playing a variety of characters in the films Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), and Barfi! Mary Kom (2012), Dil Dhadakne Do (2014), and Bajirao Mastani (2015) (2015). She starred as Alex Parrish in the ABC thriller series Quantico from 2015 to 2018, and she returned to Hindi cinema with the biopic The Sky Is Pink (2019). Chopra has also appeared in several Hollywood films, including Baywatch (2017), The White Tiger (2021), and The Matrix Resurrections (2021).
Chopra advocates for social causes such as the environment and women's rights, and she is outspoken about issues such as gender equality, the gender pay gap, and feminism. She has been with UNICEF since 2006, and in 2010 and 2016, she was named the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights. Her foundation for health and education, which bears her name, helps underprivileged Indian children.
Chopra has released three singles as a recording artist and has provided vocals for several of her film songs. She is also the founder of Purple Pebble Pictures, through which she has produced several regional Indian films, including the critically acclaimed Marathi film Ventilator (2016). Despite her desire for privacy, Chopra's personal life, including her marriage to American singer and actor Nick Jonas, has received extensive media attention. Unfinished, her memoir, was published in 2021 and reached the New York Times Best Seller list.