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Priyanka Chopra Bio
Priyanka Chopra (born July 18, 1982) is an Indian film actress and singer, and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000. Through her film career, Chopra has become one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular and high-profile celebrities in India. She has received numerous accolades, including a National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four categories.
Chopra was born in Jamshedpur to parents who were both physicians in the Indian Army, causing the family to move frequently during her childhood, but she considers Bareilly her real home. As a teenager she lived for some years with an aunt in the United States. In 2000, her mother entered her into the Femina Miss India contest, in which she finished second and took the Miss India World title.She was then entered into the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty—Asia & Oceania, becoming the fifth Indian to win the competition.
Although Chopra at one time aspired to study engineering or psychiatry, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her acting debut in the Tamil film Thamizhan in 2002. The following year, she starred in The Hero, her first Hindi film release, and followed it with the box-office hits Andaaz and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. She subsequently earned wide critical praise for the role of a seductress in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz. By 2006, Chopra had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with starring roles in the highly successful films Krrish and Don. After a series of unsuccessful films, she received critical acclaim for the role of a troubled model in the 2008 drama Fashion, which marked a significant turning point in her career. She later gained recognition for her versatility in portraying a range of unconventional characters, including a feisty Marathi woman in the 2009 caper thriller Kaminey, a serial killer in the 2011 neo-noir 7 Khoon Maaf, an autistic woman in the 2012 romantic comedy Barfi!, and a boxer in the 2014 biographical sports drama Mary Kom.
In addition to acting in films, she participates in stage shows, has hosted the third season of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, and has written columns for newspapers. She released her first single “In My City” in 2012. Her second single “Exotic” debuted in 2013, and charted in countries such as the United States and Canada. Chopra is noted for her philanthropic activities, and was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010. She promotes various causes such as environment, girls education, women empowerment and women’s rights, and is particularly vocal about women’s issues, including safety, and gender equality. Though she is reticent to discuss her personal life in public, her off-screen life is the subject of substantial media coverage in India.
Debut and breakthrough (2002–04)
After winning Miss India World, Chopra was cast as the female lead in Abbas-Mustan‘s romantic thriller Humraaz (2002), in which she was to make her film debut. However, this fell through for various reasons: she stated the production conflicted with her schedule, while the producers said they re-cast because Chopra took on various other commitments. Her screen debut occurred in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan as the love interest of the protagonist, played by Vijay. The film was praised for its wit and dialogue, although Chopra’s character was seen as lacking in depth; Indian news and entertainment portal Rediff.com asserted that she showed “no promise”.
In 2003, Chopra made her Bollywood film debut as the second female lead opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in Anil Sharma‘s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. Set against the backdrop of the Indian Army in Kashmir, the film tells the story of an agent and his fight against terrorism. The Hero was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films that year, but received mixed reviews from critics. Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar‘s box-office success Andaaz with Akshay Kumar, again sharing the female lead (this time with the debuting Lara Dutta). Chopra played a vivacious young girl who falls in love with Kumar’s character. Her performance earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (along with Dutta) and a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. The Hindustan Times noted the glamour that she brought to the role; Kunal Shah of Sify praised her and stated she had “all the qualities to be a star.”
Chopra’s first three releases in 2004—Plan, Kismat, and Asambhav—performed poorly at the box-office. Chopra was typically cast during this earlier period as a “glamour quotient”, in roles that were considered “forgettable” by film critic Joginder Tuteja. Later that year she starred with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar in David Dhawan‘s romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, which became the third-highest-grossing film of the year in India and emerged as a commercial success earning ₹570 million (US$9 million) globally. In late 2004, she starred opposite Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in Abbas-Mustan’s thriller Aitraaz. Chopra considers her first role as an antagonist, portraying Soniya Roy, an ambitious woman who accuses her employee of sexual harassment, as the “biggest learning experience of her career.” The film was moderately successful at the Indian box-office, and Chopra’s performance was critically acclaimed. Author Rini Bhattacharya credited her for bringing back the seductress to the silver screen. The Hindustan Times cited it as the film that changed her career significantly. A reviewer writing for the BBC said, “Aitraaz is Priyanka Chopra’s film. As the deliciously wicked, gold digging, scheming seductress, she chews up every scene she is in with her magnetic screen presence.” She earned a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role (also known as the Best Villain Award), becoming the second and final actress to win the award after Kajol (the category was discontinued in 2008). Chopra also received another nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance.
Early success and setbacks (2005–08)
In 2005, Chopra appeared in six films. Three of them—Blackmail, Karam and Yakeen—were commercially unsuccessful. Shilpa Bharatan-Iyer of Rediff.com considered Blackmail to be a very predictable film and believed that her role as a police commissioner’s wife was very limited from an acting viewpoint. On her performance in Yakeen, Taran Adarsh wrote that Chopra “is bound to win laurels yet again … the actor is emerging as one of the finest talents in these fast-changing times”. Chopra played the wife of Akshay Kumar in Vipul Amrutlal Shah‘s family drama Waqt: The Race Against Time, the story of a small businessman (played by Amitabh Bachchan) who, hiding his illness, wants to teach his irresponsible son some lessons before he dies. During production, Chopra revisited Leh, a favourite childhood haunt, for the shooting of the song “Subah Hogi”. She suffered an accident during the filming for the song “Do Me A Favour Let’s Play Holi” when she electrocuted herself, spending a day recovering in hospital. The film was a moderate box-office success. Her next release was Suneel Darshan‘s romance Barsaat, co-starring Bobby Deol and Bipasha Basu. The film was a critical and commercial failure in India but fared better in the overseas market. Chopra’s performance received mixed reviews, with Taran Adarsh describing it as “mechanical”. However, Rediff.com considered Chopra to be an “epitome of calm intelligence, who underplayed her role to perfection”. Later that year, Rohan Sippy cast her with Abhishek Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh and Nana Patekar in the comedy Bluffmaster! Chopra played independent working woman Simran Saxena (Bachchan’s love interest). According to critic Subhash K. Jha, “Chopra has little to do. But she does it with eye-catching aplomb.”
After starting 2006 with special appearances in three films, Chopra starred in Rakesh Roshan‘s superhero film Krrish (a sequel to the 2003 science-fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya). Co-starring with Hrithik Roshan, Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah, Chopra played a young television journalist who schemes to take advantage of an innocent young man with remarkable physical abilities, but eventually falls in love with him. The film was the second-highest-grossing film of the year in India and grossed over ₹1.17 billion (US$18 million) worldwide attaining a blockbuster status. Her next film was Dharmesh Darshan‘s romantic comedy Aap Ki Khatir, co-starring Akshaye Khanna, Ameesha Patel and Dino Morea. Neither the film nor Chopra’s performance were well received. Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com stated that Chopra’s portrayal of Anu was “erratically sketched” and that her character was never consistent: “first flaky, then cool, and later, sensitive”.
Chopra’s final release of 2006 was Farhan Akhtar‘s action-thriller Don (a remake of the 1978 film of the same name), with Shah Rukh Khan. Chopra portrayed Roma (played by Zeenat Aman in the original film), who joins the underworld to avenge Don for killing her brother. Chopra received martial-arts training for her role in the movie, and performed her own stunts. The film was declared a box-office success in India and overseas, with revenues of ₹1.05 billion (US$16 million). Raja Sen of Rediff.com believed that Chopra convincingly portrayed Roma, “looking every bit the competent woman of action”.
In 2007, Chopra had two leading roles. Her first film was Nikhil Advani‘s Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, a romantic comedy in six chapters with an ensemble cast. She was featured opposite Salman Khan in the first chapter as Kamini, an item girl and aspiring actress who tries to land the lead role in a Karan Johar film with a publicity gimmick. Film critic Sukanya Verma praised her flair for comedy, especially her impressions of Meena Kumari, Nargis and Madhubala. Both Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love and her next film, Big Brother, proved unsuccessful at the domestic box-office.
In 2008, Chopra starred opposite Harman Baweja in his father’s Love Story 2050. Chopra played a double role, so she coloured her hair twice; once red to portray the girl from the future and then black for the girl of the past. Her performance was poorly received; Rajeev Masand was unimpressed with Chopra’s chemistry with her co-star, remarking that her character “fails to inspire either affection or sympathy”. She next appeared in the comedy God Tussi Great Ho, portraying a TV anchor opposite Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. The film was generally perceived to be plagiarised from the Hollywood comedy Bruce Almighty, although writer and director Rumi Jaffrey claimed it to be “a village folk tale about a Brahmin”. Chopra next starred as a kindergarten teacher in Chamku opposite Bobby Deol and Irrfan Khan, and played the role of Sonia in Goldie Behl‘s fantasy superhero film Drona opposite Abhishek Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. Drona, widely criticised for its extensive use of special effects, marked Chopra’s sixth film in succession which had failed at both the box-office and critically, although Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com stated that Chopra displayed convincing action heroine skills. Critics generally perceived at this time that her career was over.
Critical acclaim (2008–11)
The string of poorly received films ended when Chopra starred in Madhur Bhandarkar‘s Fashion, a drama about the Indian fashion industry which followed the lives and careers of several fashion models. She portrayed the ambitious supermodel Meghna Mathur, a role which she initially thought was out of her depth, but after six months’ consideration she accepted the role, inspired by Bhandarkar’s confidence in her. For the role, Chopra had to gain 6 kilograms (13 lb) and steadily shed the weight during the production as the character progressed in the film. Both the film and her performance received critical acclaim, becoming a major turning point in her career. Rajeev Masand wrote, “Priyanka Chopra turns in a respectable performance, one that will inevitably go down as her best.” Kriti Verma from Headlines India noted “Priyanka Chopra simply rocked. Her transformation from a simple Chandigarh girl to an ambitious super model to an apologizing girl is excellent and beyond imagination.” Her performance won Chopra several awards, including the National Film Award, the Filmfare Award, the IIFA Award, the Screen Award, and the Star Guild Award for Best Actress. With a worldwide revenue of ₹600 million (US$9 million), Fashion emerged as a commercial success, and was listed by Subhash K. Jha as one of the best films of the decade with women protagonists. It was noted for being commercially successful despite being a women-centric film with no male lead. She said in retrospect, “I think actually Fashion kick started … the process of female dominated films. Today you have so many other films which have done well with female leads.”
Chopra’s final film of the year was Tarun Mansukhani‘s romantic comedy Dostana, with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. Set in Miami, the film tells the story of a friendship between her character and two men who pretend to be gay to share an apartment with her. Chopra played a stylish young fashion-magazine editor Neha, who is trying to deal with professional pressures in her life. Produced by Dharma Productions, the film was a financial success with worldwide revenues of over ₹860 million (US$13 million). Chopra’s performance and look in the film were praised.
The following year Chopra played a feisty Marathi woman named Sweety in Vishal Bhardwaj‘s caper thriller Kaminey (co-starring Shahid Kapoor), about twin brothers and the journey in their life in a span of 24 hours linked with the underworld. Although she appeared in only eight scenes, her role earned her several awards and nominations, including a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination and an Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (her second consecutive win in that category after Fashion). The film received critical acclaim and became successful at the box-office with the worldwide gross earnings of ₹710 million (US$11 million). Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India thought that Chopra’s role completely reinvented her, and Rajeev Masand wrote: “Springing a delightful surprise in a smaller part is [Chopra], who sprinkles her lines with a smattering of fluent Marathi and emerges one of the film’s most lovable characters.” Chopra subsequently appeared in Ashutosh Gowariker‘s romantic comedy What’s Your Raashee?, based on the novel Kimball Ravenswood by Madhu Rye. The film depicts the story of a US-based Gujrati NRI in search of his soulmate among 12 girls (all played by Chopra) associated with the 12 zodiac signs. She was considered for inclusion in the Guinness World Records book for being the first film actress to portray 12 distinct characters in one film. Chopra’s heavy workload—filming for several productions, travelling for endorsements and performing at live shows (including the Miss India pageant)—took its toll; she fainted during filming, and was admitted to hospital.
In 2010, Chopra starred with Uday Chopra in Jugal Hansraj‘s unremarkable romantic comedy Pyaar Impossible! as Alisha, a beautiful college girl (and later a working mother) who falls in love with a nerdy boy. Later that year, she co-starred with Ranbir Kapoor in Siddharth Anand‘s romantic comedy Anjaana Anjaani. The film, set in New York and Las Vegas, follows the story of two strangers, both trying to commit suicide, who eventually fall in love with each other. The film was a moderate commercial success, and her performance received mixed reviews from critics. Sarita Tanwar of Mid Day wrote, “Priyanka Chopra is at her casual and spontaneous best. She embraces the character completely and makes it totally believable”, while Anupama Chopra dismissed her acting as “artificial”.
She starred as a femme fatale in her first film of 2011, Vishal Bhardwaj’s black comedy 7 Khoon Maaf. Based on the short story “Susanna’s Seven Husbands” by Ruskin Bond, 7 Khoon Maaf centres on Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, an Anglo-Indian woman (played by Chopra) who murders her seven husbands in an unending quest for love. The film and her performance received acclaim from critics. Chopra’s performance earned her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a third Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination at the 57th Filmfare Awards. Nikhat Kazmi remarked, “7 Khoon Maaf would undoubtedly end up as a milestone in Priyanka Chopra’s career graph. The actor displays exquisite command over a complex character that is definitely a first in Indian cinema.” Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis wrote: “Priyanka Chopra takes on a character that most of her contemporaries would shy away from and enacts it in a way that only she possibly can. For a woman with as many shades as Susanna, Chopra gets a crack at a role of a lifetime and she sparkles like never before.”
Commercial success (2011–13)
Chopra’s final release of the year saw her reprising her role as Roma in the second part of the Don film series, Don 2. Although the film received mixed reviews, Chopra’s performance earned positive feedback from critics. According to The Express Tribune, “Chopra … seems to be the perfect choice for an action heroine. As you watch her effortlessly beat up some thugs in the movie, you come to the realisation that she may be the first proper female action hero in Bollywood.” Don 2 was a major success in India and overseas, earning over ₹2.06 billion (US$31 million) worldwide. Don 2 was showcased at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and (with Don) at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech, in Morocco.
Chopra’s first film of 2012 was Karan Malhotra‘s action drama Agneepath, in which she starred with Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor. Produced by Karan Johar, the film is a remake of his father’s 1990 production of the same name. In one of several accidents to happen during production, Chopra’s lehenga (a traditional skirt) caught fire while filming a sequence for an elaborate Ganpati festival song. She featured as Kaali Gawde, Roshan’s loquacious love interest in the film. Mayank Shekhar noted how much Chopra stood out in the male-dominated film. Agneepath broke Bollywood’s highest opening-day earnings record, and had a worldwide gross of ₹1.93 billion (US$29 million). Chopra next co-starred with Shahid Kapoor in Kunal Kohli‘s romance, Teri Meri Kahaani. The film relates the stories of three unconnected couples (each played by Kapoor and Chopra), born in different eras. The film opened to mixed reactions from critics, but Chopra’s performance was generally well received.
Anurag Basu‘s Barfi!, with Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz, was her final appearance of 2012. Set in the 1970s, the film tells the story of three people, two of whom are physically disabled. Chopra played Jhilmil Chatterjee, an autistic woman who falls in love with a deaf, mute man (Kapoor). Rituparno Ghosh, an acclaimed director, considered it a “very, very brave” role to accept given how demanding it is for an actor to convincingly portray a woman with autism. To prepare for the role, Chopra visited several mental institutions and spent time with autistic people. The film received rave reviews from film critics and was a major commercial success, earning ₹1.75 billion (US$26 million) worldwide. Chopra received unanimous praise for her portrayal, which several reviewers regarded as her best performance to date. The Indo-Asian News Service review said, “Priyanka Chopra as the autistic Jhilmil steals the show from Ranbir, if that’s possible. Her inherent glamorous personality simply disappears into her character. We don’t see the actress on screen at all! We see only Jhilmil who reminds us in a very pleasant way of Sridevi in Sadma. This is one of the most flawless interpretations of a physical-psychological disability seen on celluloid.” Pratim D. Gupta of The Telegraph noted Ranbir and Priyanka turn in two of the finest performances seen on the Indian screen. Chopra received another nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. The film was screened at the Busan and Marrakech International Film Festivals, and was chosen as India’s entry for the 85th Academy Awards. Don 2, Agneepath and Barfi! rank among the highest grossing Bollywood films of all time.
Chopra’s first release of 2013 was K. C. Bokadia‘s much-delayed Deewana Main Deewana, which had been filmed nearly a decade earlier. It received lacklustre reviews, primarily due to its aged look and feel. She agreed to a special appearance in Shootout at Wadala in a song called “Babli Badmaash Hai”, which was her first item number. Music composer Anu Malik and director Sanjay Gupta thought Chopra would be able to “recreate the magic of Zeenat Aman or Parveen Babi“; Chopra, however, was reluctant to do so, agreeing only after six months of persuasion. In choosing her first item song, Chopra was strict over the lyrics and footage, in that she frowned against the use of vulgar words or skin on show, and rejected the songs of various composers before deciding upon an appropriate number.
She next lent her voice to the character of Ishani, the reigning Pan-Asian champion from India and the love interest of the main protagonist in the Disney Animation Studios‘s film Planes, a spinoff of Pixar‘s Cars franchise. Chopra, a fan of Disney films, had fun voicing the character saying “The closest I could come to being a Disney princess, I think, was Ishani”. The film garnered commercial success, grossing approximately US$220 million worldwide. She played an NRI girl in the Apoorva Lakhia‘s bilingual action drama Zanjeer (Thoofan in Telugu), a remake of the 1973 Hindi film of the same name, which met with poor reactions from critics and was unsuccessful at the box office. Chopra next reprised her role of Priya in Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3—a sequel to the 2006 superhero film Krrish—with Hrithik Roshan, Vivek Oberoi and Kangana Ranaut. The film earned positive reviews though critics opined that Chopra’s role in the film was small. Writing for Daily News and Analysis, Sarita A Tanwar commented that “Priyanka is saddled with a role that doesn’t do her justice. She deserved a meatier role.” The feature became a box office success, earning over ₹3 billion (US$45 million) worldwide, to become Chopra’s biggest commercial success till date and her fourth major hit in the last two years. She also appeared in an item number titled “Ram Chahe Leela” for Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. The song, which took four days to rehearse, saw Chopra execute a contemporary mujra, that incorporated complicated dance steps.
In 2014, Chopra played the lead female role in Yash Raj Films‘s romantic action drama Gunday directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, alongside Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. She portrayed Nandita, a cabaret dancer in Calcutta. Set in the 1970s, the film tells the story of two best friends, who fall in love with Chopra’s character. Gunday proved to be a box-office success, grossing over ₹1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide. She next featured in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali- Viacom 18 Motion Pictures produced Mary Kom, a biographical film of the five time world boxing champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom. To prepare for the role, she spent time with Kom and received four months of boxing training. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, received positive reviews from critics, and Chopra’s performance was praised. Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times felt that Chopra’s performance helped empower the film, and CNN-IBN’s Rajeev Masand wrote that “she transforms herself physically, and also skillfully conveys both the rage and vulnerability that the part required.” Mary Kom was a commercial success. Chopra won the Screen Award, the Star Guild Award for Best Actress, and received another nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film.
The following year, Chopra starred in Zoya Akhtar‘s Dil Dhadakne Do, an ensemble comedy-drama alongside Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar. The film tells the story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family (the Mehras), who invite their family and friends on a cruise trip to celebrate the parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. She portrayed the role of Ayesha Mehra, a successful entrepreneur and the eldest child. Pratim D. Gupta from The Calcutta Telegraph considered Chopra to be one of the winners of the film and wrote “From the propah body language to the measured speech […] shows the kind of depth she is able to bring to her lines and characters these days. Rajiv Vijayakar of India-West wrote “Her tiny expressions and nuances, as well as her vocal inflections truly bring her character alive.”
Chopra signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios and in February 2015 was cast in the television pilot Quantico, which was picked to series. The series premiered on 27 September 2015 on ABC, making Chopra the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. Based at the FBI Academy, Quantico follows a group of young FBI recruits, each having a specific reason for joining, one of whom will be responsible for blowing the Grand Central Terminal in the future. Chopra plays the role of an FBI recruit, Alex Parrish, who is suspected of engineering the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil since the September 11 attacks.
Chopra has several projects at the various stages of production. As of October 2015, she is filming Bhansali’s period romance Bajirao Mastani, co-starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, in which she plays the role of Kashibai. She will star as a policewoman in Prakash Jha‘s Jai Gangaajal, a sequel to the 2003 political thriller Gangaajal, and feature alongside Fawad Khan in Reema Kagti‘s romance Mr. Chaloo. In addition, she will play a dancer-turned-politician in Madamji, a political drama from Madhur Bhandarkar, which will also mark her production debut.
Chopra’s main vocal influence was her father, who she said was “an incredible singer”, and helped develop her interest in singing. She used her vocal talent early in her pageantry career. Her first recording, the song “Ullathai Killathe” in the Tamil film Thamizhan (2002), was made at the urging of her director and co-star, Vijay (who had noticed her singing on the set). She declined to sing playback for “Tinka Tinka” in her film Karam (2005), preferring to concentrate on her acting career, but later sang the song live on the television programme Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Chopra recorded an unreleased song for Bluffmaster! (2005). In August 2011, Universal Music Group signed Chopra to a worldwide recording agreement with DesiHits. The deal indicated that her first studio album would be released by Interscope Records in North America and by Island Records elsewhere. Her first song as a playback singer in Bollywood was “Chaoro” from Mary Kom (2014).
In July 2012, Chopra became the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles. Travelling to the United States to work on her album, Chopra collaborated with Sam Watters, Matthew Koma and Jay Sean. The album will be produced by RedOne. Her first single, “In My City“, debuted in the US on 13 September 2012 in a TV spot for the NFL Network‘s Thursday Night Football, 12 hours after the full song debuted in India; a shortened version of the song was used to open each show of the season. “In My City” features rapper will.i.am; according to Chopra, a co-writer, the song was inspired by her unsettled childhood and her journey from a small-town girl to a celebrity. “In My City” trended at number one on Twitter several minutes after release. The song received mixed reviews from critics, and was a commercial success in India; it sold more than 130,000 copies in its first week, topped the Hindi pop chart and was certified triple platinum. In the United States the single was unsuccessful, with 5,000 digital downloads in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, and did not receive radio play. In October 2012, the single won her the Best International Debut award at the People’s Choice Awards India. In December 2012, she received three nominations: Best Female Artist, Best Song and Best Video (for “In My City”) at the World Music Awards. She also received the Trailblazer Award from the South Asian Media, Marketing and Entertainment Association for becoming the first Bollywood actor to win a major record deal in the U.S. Chopra was also a featured artist on “Erase”, an EDM song produced by the American DJ and producer duo The Chainsmokers.
In July 2013, Chopra released her second single “Exotic” featuring American rapper Pitbull, along with its music video. “Exotic” debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs and number 11 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart in 27 July 2013 issue. The single also entered at number 74 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. “Exotic” debuted at number 44 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and peaked at number 12. Her third single, a cover of Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was released in April 2014. The song’s accompanying video was released around the same time. The song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Chopra also lent her voice for a music video of John Lennon‘s “Imagine“. The video was created as part of a global campaign by UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and features other singers, including Katy Perry, Idris Elba, Nicole Scherzinger, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am and Rumer Willis.
Television and stage performances
In 2007, Chopra was on the judges’ panel of the Miss India pageant. She stated, “Miss India will always remain special. That’s where it all started for me. And maybe that’s where it would’ve ended if I hadn’t won the crown.” She also performed at Miss India in 2009 and 2013, and was a judge at Miss World 2009. In 2010, she hosted the third season of the reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi on the Colors channel, taking over from previous host Akshay Kumar. According to contestants, in hosting the series, Chopra had “transformed into quite a whip-wielding dictator”, relentlessly pushing the contestants to work. She performed most of her own stunts, adamant to prove that she could rival Akshay Kumar, who had hosted the previous two seasons. The opening ratings of the show topped those of the two previous seasons. The show was praised by critics, and earned the Indian Telly Award for Most Impactful Debut on Television. She visited Jawan troops in Tenga, in eastern India, for a special episode of the NDTV show Jai Jawan celebrating the 60th anniversary of India’s independence.
Chopra has participated in a number of concerts and award ceremonies. She took part in a world concert tour, “Temptations 2004”, and performed with other Bollywood actors (including Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Arjun Rampal) in 19 stage shows. In 2011, she participated (with Shahid Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan) in a concert in Durban, South Africa celebrating 150 years of India–South Africa friendship. In 2012, she performed at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai in the opening ceremony of the fifth season of cricket’s Indian Premier League with Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and international pop star Katy Perry. Chopra also performed with other Bollywood divas in the opening ceremony for a new IPL franchise at the Sahara Stadium. In late 2012, she delivered a tribute to late filmmaker Yash Chopra at the People’s Choice Awards India, and performed at Dubai Festival City‘s Ahlan Bollywood Concert with Salman Khan, Zarine Khan, Sophie Choudry, Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sohail Khan
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