Priyanka Chopra : Breaking the mould

Salil Panchal
Published: Mar 8, 2017 08:50:44 AM IST
Updated: Mar 14, 2017 05:20:05 PM IST

Life is not a template and neither is mine. Like several who have worked as journalists, I am a generalist in my over two decade experience across print, global news wires and dotcom firms. But there has been one underlying theme in each phase; life gave me the chance to observe and tell a story -- from early days tracking a securities scam to terror attacks and some of India's most significant court trials. Besides writing, I have jumped fences to become an entrepreneur, as an investment advisor -- and also taught the finer aspects of business journalism to young minds. At Forbes India, I also keep an eye on some of its proprietary specials like the Rich list, GenNext and Celebrity lists. An alumnus of Xavier Institute of Communications and H.R College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, I have worked for organisations such as Agence France-Presse, Business Standard, The Financial Express and The Times of India prior to this.

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At 34, it might seem that Priyanka Chopra has little left to achieve. After winning the Miss World pageant in 2000, she began a successful career in Bollywood, winning awards for her negative role in Aitraaz (2005). This was followed by the National Award for Best Actress for Fashion (2008), and the Padma Shri in 2016.

But the last couple of years have been particularly defining for Chopra, having created a significant place for herself in Hollywood, and not just as the token exotic South Asian woman. She is mainstream Hollywood now, through her TV series Quantico and her turn as villain in the soon-to-be-released Baywatch. In 2012-13, she also released two singles by collaborating with will.i.am (‘In my city’) and Pitbull (‘Exotic’). She has also has won the People’s Choice Awards for Quantico in 2016 and 2017, and presented awards at the Emmys and Oscars in 2016.

Her celebrity, though, has not overtaken her craft. “Priyanka has always been a go-getter. She has been an inspiration to the youth,” says Omung Kumar, who directed Chopra in Mary Kom in 2014. “She was amazing, right from bulking up to training and learning a new sport like boxing.”

On her Twitter profile, she describes herself as a ‘dreamer and achiever’. So far, she’s living up to both the labels.

Priyanka has always been a go-getter... an inspiration to youth.

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(This story appears in the 17 March, 2017 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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