Priyanka Chopra: Truly, A Much Loved Woman Of Substance

Priyanka Chopra Movies

She is among India’s highest paid actors, a philanthropist, singer, film producer and winner of many prestigious awards.

In addition to that, she was named Miss World 2000 and Time and Forbes rated her among the 100 most powerful women in the world,

She is not only a glamour girl but one with brains too. She has won the Padma Shri from the Indian government. Her crossover to Hollywood has been a major success and she has now become a world-renowned actor.

Once she realised her acting potential, Priyanka widened her scope with a range of roles which brought her awards and accolades. Here are five of them:

Aitraaz (2004)

Aitraaz (2004)Cast: Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Anu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal
Directors: Abbas-Mustan

A shrewd woman Sonia (Priyanka) marries a rich man Ranjit Roy (Puri), who is chairman of a telecom company. Working there is a promising staff member Raj Malhotra (Akshay) who is married to Priya (Kareena) and they are expecting their child.

But things go wrong when Sonia’s earlier affair with Raj surfaces. They lived together and were expecting a child but Sonia opted for riches over her offspring. With her hubby unable to satisfy her sexually, she casts her eyes on Raj again. But will she succeed in her evil plans?

Fashion (2008)

Fashion (2008)Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugda Godse, Arjan Bajwa, Samir Soni, Arbaz Khan
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar

The world of fashion and the life and times of models are in focus in this Bhandarkar film through the eyes of Meghna (Priyanka), an aspiring model. She is friends with supermodel Shonali (Kangana) and another aspiring model Janet (Mugda). Life isn’t easy after Meghna comes to Mumbai.

She has to do lingerie ads and earn enough to make a portfolio with a top photographer. She moves in with a struggling model. Then, she is noticed by a top ad agency and becomes famous but having an affair with her superior affects her career eventually. Then tragedy strikes.

7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

7 Khoon Maaf (2011)Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Vivaan Shah, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Nasseruddin Shah, Annu Kapoor, Usha Uthup
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

This Ruskin Bond short story makes the plot of a film by Vishal Bhardwaj and focuses on the life of a femme fatale who finds faults in seven of her husbands and kills six of them. The story is related by a young pathologist Arun (Vivaan) who is love with the Anglo-Indian woman Susanna (Priyanka).

Her husbands include an Armyman, cop, singer, poet, Russian spy and a Bengali doctor. All of them do not seem to be what they are and one by one Susanna eliminates them without leaving a clue. Then a body is found and Arun is called to identify whether it is of Susanna or not.

Barfi (2012)

Barfi (2012)Cast: Ranbhir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Illeana D’Cruz, Roopa Ganguly, Jisshu Sengupta, Saurab Shukl, Asish Vidyarthi
Director: Anurag Basu

This tragi-comic love story deals with two women and a deaf young mischief maker. Barfi (Ranbhir) is deaf from childhood and is taken care of his father. He later falls in love with Shruti (Illeana) but she is forced by her parents to marry someone else.

Barfi’s father is in debt which forces him to take to crime. He decides to kidnap his childhood friend Jhilmil (Priyanka) but finds she is already kidnapped. Taking his chance, he collects the ransom and takes Jhilmil to his village but finds his father dead. He keeps running away with Jhilmil. Then Shruti once again enters his life to complicate matters.

Mary Kom (2014)

Mary Kom (2014)Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumaar, Sunil Thapa
Director: Omung Kumar

This sports biopic depicts the journey of India’s boxing legend Mary Kom, played by Priyanka Chopra, including her early days when she had not achieved fame. The struggles she faced as a young girl in Manipur, her accidental entry into a boxing gym while chasing a boy and finally revealing her ambition to be a boxer to the coach there are brought to screen.

Priyanka had to undergo three months of physical training to build muscles and had to learn Kom’s distinctive style of boxing to fit the role. She won tremendous praise from the critics for her role and won several awards for her acting and dedication.

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