Happy Birthday Priyanka Chopra: From Miss India to Quantico

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2015 20:02 IST

Priyanka Chopra was all of 18 when she became Miss World in 2000 and waltzed into a nation’s consciousness. Far from the conventional bombshell paradigm that India, and especially its men, is fascinated with, Priyanka was the typical dusky beauty.

The fact that the gawky girl didn’t have sharp features raised a lot of eyebrows. Her lips looked bee-stung, her nose was too wide, her smile too gummy and her figure was like Peter Pan! So how did the proverbial ugly duckling transform her into the ultimate Bollywood bombshell that she is today?

We revisit the journey of Piggy Chops on her 31st birthday from the girl next door to the glam diva of the film industry…



Priyanka Chopra plays a sultry vixen in her grand entry into Bollywood. Her character, a gold-digger with grand ambitions is both sexy and dangerous.



Piggy chops displays her action chops opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Don. Kicking butt while looking stunning at the same time is something we should all learn from Priyanka.


Her provocative performance in the item number Ram Chahe Leela raised quite a few eyebrows and ruffled several feathers. But it was bold and outrageous in an age that has become desensitised to both those things.



Her grand entry into the world of music. Priyanka is a star who just refuses to be contained. This was the first time global audiences caught a glimpse of her, and what a stunning glimpse it is.



Not only does she look amazing in Madhur Bhandarkar's film, she also delivers a great performance. Not playing the typical model, she adds depth to a character defined by her looks.



Priyanka plays a girl forced to sing for her supper as she falls in love with a cop. We've never seen her like this before. The perfect example of rustic beauty.

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Priyanka perfectly essayed the role of an entrepreneur stuck in a loveless marriage in Zoya Akhtar's film. Completely at ease playing a supporting role, Priyanka made it clear that she can steal scenes with her effortless beauty and grace despite minimal screentime.

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