Priyanka Chopra - The diva with a dual career!
One of the most successful and glamorous leading ladies of Bollywood in current times, Priyanka Chopra has surely proved her mettle, and how! Though she hails from a completely non-filmi background, she has made her mark as an actress to reckon with, and that justifies her description of herself as a self-made woman. Having been crowned as the Miss World 2000, she soon made her foray into Bollywood. Ever since then, there has been no looking back for her. One film after the other, she continued to climb the ladder of fame, success and glory. Her critics noted it early on that she had all the qualities to be a star. Of course, one is bound to encounter both highs and lows in career, and that is even more inevitable when it comes to the film industry, but Chopra never let her setbacks discourage her in any way. She continued experimenting with the diversity of roles that she was offered, and delivered well-acclaimed performances in Don, Fashion, Dostana, Kaminey, 7 Khoon Maaf, Barfi and so on. She even managed to garner appreciation and acceptance for her acting prowess in movies which otherwise did not do very well financially. Her recent item song in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, “Ram Chahe Leela”, also gained immense popularity, and won her accolades for bringing in such sensuality through the contemporary mujra she executed, incorporating come complicated dance steps. Her latest release, Gunday, which hit the screens in February 2014, saw her in essaying the role of a gorgeous cabaret dancer in the 70’s era in Calcutta. The movie did not only prove to be a box-office success, but Chopra herself also managed to earn positive reviews for her portrayal of Nandita. What sets her apart from other Bolly beauties however, is the fact that she is not just an actress but a singer of repute! With her father as the main source of inspiration and influence behind her flair for music, she used this talent of hers quite early in her pageantry career. However, she first came to the limelight as a singer after she became the first Bollywood star to be signed by Creative Artists Agency, which is an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles. She soon travelled to the United States to work on her album, which culminated in her first single, “In My City”. It debuted in the US in September 2012, and though it received mixed reviews from critics, it soon topped the chartbusters, and also won her the Best International Debut Award at the People’s Choice Awards India as well as a few nominations at the World Music Awards. Her next single, “Exotic”, which came out in April 2013, featured American rapper Pitbull, and that too went on to be number one on iTunes India. Thus, with such an illustrious career as an actor, and now even as a singer, she is bound to be riding high on cloud nine. And why not? Not only does she have a huge fan following, but also a strong family support to keep her at it. She is sure to flourish even more in the years to come in both the spheres, and that will definitely give her admirers more reasons to bask. Let’s hope that she strikes a great balance between acting and singing and holistically, as an entertainer, make us admire her even more.