Priyanka Chopra has her very own comic book character!
"I like taking on projects that take me beyond the expected and forward as a person and professional. The comic book is one more endeavor in that direction." - Priyanka Chopra. Actress and singer Priyanka Chopra is respected for taking on a diverse range of roles, and is regarded for her versatility onscreen, especially with films like “What’s your Raashee” and “7 Khoon Maaf” where she is seen portraying multiple characters within the same film. The news of her recent tie-up with business tycoon Richard Branson, and a unique new avatar in the form of a crime-fighting superhero for his comic book company, Virgin comics, therefore, should come as no surprise. She is the first female actress from Bollywood to have her own superhero avatar.
The character is said to be a young woman who finds out that she is among a legion of princesses whose sole duty is to fight crime using their superpowers. The character is modeled on Chopra, and shares her name and physical features. Strong and beautiful, with a passion for justice, the female superhero will epitomize the modern, empowered woman and her struggles against patriarchy and other forms of oppression. Chopra herself is regarded as a role model by many women and appears to be a perfect fit for Virgin Comics, who see her as being one of the most influential women in the Bollywood entertainment industry.
The fact that Chopra is influential, with millions of fans around the world, and has extended her endeavors to include a thriving music career, is noteworthy, and a fact not lost on companies like Virgin, who are looking to expand and increase their business in India. She is a spokesperson for a number of brands, which specifically target women, from cosmetics to motorbikes, and her confident aura encourages potential customers to emulate her.
The collaboration between Branson/Virgin Comics, and Chopra has been discussed as being a good business move for both; for the latter it is a unique career boost, given that she is currently one of only 2 Bollywood stars to have her own comic book character; superstar Amitabh Bachchan is the first male actor to have his own avatar, and she is the first female. Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar too, has his own avatar. Priyanka therefore, could be considered as being the first Bollywood female superhero, a worthy feather in her cap.
As an influencer, Chopra is an ideal superhero; she is self-made, continuously re-inventing herself and discovering new talents, she is a shrewd businessperson who makes wise choices, and is also adept at being the simple and approachable girl next door. Much like existing female superheroes who have graced many a comic book cover, Chopra too, epitomizes the strong, powerful, and ambitious woman of today, who will fight for her rights and for the rights of others. In this day and age when women’s empowerment is needed and role models are few and far between, Priyanka Chopra, as a superhero will certainly inspire many to take the message of justice, peace, and empowerment forward to a diverse audience.