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Happy Birthday, Priyanka Chopra: Her Andaaz @35

July 18, 2017 07:45
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    One of Bollywood's most talented actresses, Priyanka Chopra has come a long way in her career. She has not just proved her mettle as an actor in Bollywood and Hollywood, but has also showed her talent in music. The actress gained immense popularity as FBI agent Alex Parrish in her first American TV show Quantico and this year, she debuted in Hollywood with Baywatch.

    Priyanka has walked the red carpet at prestigious award shows like the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes. She has also won top awards like the People's Choice Award.

    As Priyanka celebrates her 35th birthday, we take a look at her illustrious career in pictures.

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    Priyanka Chopra was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to physician parents Dr Ashok and Madhu Chopra. Her father died after a long battle with cancer in 2013. She also has a younger brother Siddharth.

    This image was posted on Instagram by priyankachopra

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    The daughter of an army officer, Priyanka had to change schools constantly. At 13, Priyanka moved to the US to study and lived with her aunt for three years. She eventually returned to India and completed the final year of her high school from Bareilly's Army Public School.

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    While in Bareilly, Priyanka won the May Queen beauty pageant organised by the army. There was no looking back after that and she went on to finish runner up at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000. She captured international attention when she became Miss World in 2000, the crown fetched her one-way ticket to Bollywood.

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    Priyanka debuted in Bollywood with 2003's Hero: Love Story of a Spy, opposite Sunny Deol. Unfortunately, the film was a colossal flop.

    However, her next film Andaaz, which released the same year got mixed reviews. She co-starred with Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta in the film.

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    Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), her second film with Akshay and her first with Salman Khan, was a huge success.

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    She followed it up with yet another blockbuster Aitraaz (2004), which bagged Priyanka two Filmfare nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for Best Villain, the latter of which she won. Only two years into her career and she was already an award-winning, A-list actress. Clearly, she was here to stay.

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    2005's Barsaat flopped miserably at the box office. However, Priyanka's other films which released that year - Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster, were, in ascending order, sizeable hits.

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    She opened 2006 with a special appearance in John Abraham's Taxi No 9211. Her next film Krrish, opposite Hrithik Roshan and Don: The Chase Begins Again, were both blockbusters of the highest order.

    Her performance in both films was appreciated, especially in Don, where she took over the role originally played by Zeenat Aman.

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    The following year, Priyanka appeared opposite Salman Khan in Salaam-e-Ishq. This multi-star cast film created quite a buzz for its music and star cast. The film was panned all over, but Priyanka and Salman's story arc was considered one of the stronger ones. Her only other release of Big Brother, once again opposite Sunny Deol, sank without a trace.

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    Priyanka kicked off 2008 with Harman Baweja's debut film Love Story 2050, directed by his father. Rumour had it that Harman and Priyanka were a couple and the film's promos, which promised a never-seen-before sci-fi spectacle, managed to snag a great opening.

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    After that she starred as Chamku, her second role opposite Bobby Deol. The film, based on the Naxal violence, once again threw Priyanka's career into a shadow.

    Drona, her next release of 2008, was supposed to take the superhero genre forward, but proved to be another step backwards for her. Priyanka played the titular character's female bodyguard, a role no one found convincing. In Drona she featured opposite Abhishek Bachchan.

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    And then, the slump repaired itself with a film called Fashion (2008). With Madhur Bhandarkar's gritty take on the world of glamour, Priyanka won her first National Award for Best Actress, as well as another Filmfare award, this time for Best Actress.

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    She ended the year with the Karan Johar-produced Dostana, opposite John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan. The film was a blockbuster for various reasons - the peppy soundtrack, the chemistry between John and Abhishek, Bobby Deol's cameo.

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    Vishal Bhardwaj's 2009 film Kaminey, in which she Priyanka was paired opposite Shahid Kapoor, was one of the major releases of the year. Her dressed-down look was complimented and very well received, as was her stellar performance.

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    After Kaminey's stupendous success, she was seen in Ashutosh Gowariker's What's Your Raashee? (2009), opposite ex-beau Harman Baweja. The film marked a record of sorts, since it had Priyanka play twelve roles, one for each house of the zodiac. Priyanka's roles were highly praised. However, the film was a huge flop.

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    With 2010's Anjaana Anjaani, she signed her first role opposite Ranbir Kapoor. The film was a flop despite an impressive star cast.

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    Priyanka kicked off 2011 with Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Ruskin Bond's Susanna's Seven Husbands, titled 7 Khoon Maaf. Priyanka played the role of Susanna, an enigmatic woman, 'wronged' seven times over by seven different men.

    In the same year, she starred in Don 2. Priyanka reprised her role as Roma opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

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    2012's Agneepath, in which she played Hrithik Roshan's love interest, broke Bollywood's highest opening-day record.

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    Her final release of 2012 was Barfi!, a blockbuster. Priyanka received rave reviews for her performance as an autistic girl who falls in love with a hearing and speech impaired local Ranbir Kapoor.

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    In 2012, Priyanka launched her musical career with her first single In My City, featuring American rapper will.i.am. She followed it up with Exotic, this time collaborating with rapper Pitbull.
    br> Priyanka released her third single I Can't Make You Love Me in which she romanced Hollywood star Milo Ventimiglia.

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    In 2013, Priyanka did her first special song sequence Babli Badmaash Hai from the movie Shootout At Wadala.

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    Zanjeer and Krrish 3 were Priyanka's 2013 films. Krrish 3 broke many records at the box office.

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    Action-thriller Gunday, which released in 2014, co-starred Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor with Priyanka. Gunday crossed the Rs 100-crore mark at the box office.

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    In 2014, Priyanka also received critical acclaim for her role as boxer MC Mary Kom in the biopic Mary Kom directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film bagged the Best Popular Film at the 62nd National Film Awards.

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    2015 started on a good note for Priyanka, who featured in Zoya Akhtar's ensemble film Dil Dhadakne Do and next seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani as Kashibai, the first wife of Peshwa Bajirao I (Ranveer Singh).

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    Prakash Jha's Jai Gangaajal (2016), a sequel of sorts of Gangaajal, was also a hit. It is Priyanka's last Hindi film as she is currently busy with Hollywood projects.

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    Priyanka Chopra received the Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2016.

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    Priyanka started her television career with America crime drama series Quantico and won rave reviews for the portrayal of Alex Parrish. Priyanka has so far won two Peoples' Choice Awards.

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    In 2016, Priyanka walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards as presenter. At the red carpet (L) Priyanka looked gorgeous in Zuhair Murad couture. For the Oscars' Vanity Fair party later (R) she picked a Jenny Packham gown.

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    Her first Hollywood film Baywatch released this year in May.

    This image was posted on Instagram by Priyanka Chopra

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    Earlier this year, Priyanka attended the Oscars for the second time. She wore a strapless silver Ralph and Russo ensemble.

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    Priyanka rocked up to the Met Gala earlier in May this year in a Ralph Lauren trench coat-style ball gown.

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    Priyanka has now signed two more Hollywood films - A Kid Like Jake and Isn't It Romantic. She hasn't announced any Hindi films as of yet.

    This image was posted on Instagram by priyankachopra

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    Ventilator, her first film as a producer, won three National Awards this year.

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    Priyanka, who returned to India from New York last week, is currently holidaying with mother Madhu Chopra and brother Siddharth.

    Here's wishing Priyanka a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

    This image was posted on Instagram by priyankachopra

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