Miss World 2000 Priyanka Chopra, the fifth Indian to win the coveted crown was born on 18th July 1982 in Mumbai to Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra.
Her upbringing in a family belonging to the army made her travel widely all over the country and exposed her to the multi cultural Indian society. Priyanka was a resident student of La Martiniere Girls College in Lucknow and studied for a short while at Maria Goretti College in Bareilly. Having completed class 10th from Boston USA her ambition was to become a software Engineer or a Criminal Psychologist.
Priyanka's interest in modeling implanted in her a desire to win the Miss World beauty pageant, a dream she claims to have held for six years. Back in India from US she participated in the Femina miss India contest and then the World pageant which changed her life drastically. Her family, especially her mother has been her sole inspiration.
Priyanka is a genuine, selfless, down to earth, warm and loving personality. She has a penchant for Indian music and dance, a flair for writing poetry and short stories, enjoys reading and theatre, and has worked for several social welfare programmes. Priyanka who believes that her power with words as one of her strongest personality traits, was a topper in English language and has won prizes for Extempore Speech and also for singing and dancing. Priyanka was the only Indian from her class in US to have been selected at state level for the National opus Honour choir.
Priyanka did a three month acting course in Mumbai and entered the film industry. She debuted in a Tamil movie titled 'Thamizhan' (2002), opposite Tamil superstar Vijay. And her debut Hindi film was the big budget 'The Hero: Love Story of a Spy' (2003) which was a flop. She became more known from her next film 'Andaaz' (2003), for which she won her first Filmfare Award. Her other notable films are 'Aitraaz' and 'Mujse Shaadi Karoge' which established her as one of Bollywood's top actresses.
In 2005, she had many releases, though most were average, 'Waqt: The Race Against Time' and 'Bluffmaster' did above-average and consolidated her position as a good actress. In 2006, she worked in the two biggest films of the year, 'Krrish' and 'Don - The Chase Begins Again', both have done extremely well at the box office and have become super-hits.
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