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Friday, Nov 15, 2019

5 happy stories from Priyanka Chopra’s life you did not know

Here are some anecdotes from the star’s life that will make you a prouder fan

brunch Updated: Jul 28, 2018 23:15 IST
Riya Dhankar
Riya Dhankar
Hindustan Times
Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star
Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star

Priyanka Chopra became a star twice: Once at home, in India, and then made it happen all over again by establishing herself in America. It is this very reason that fascinated and inspired author Aseem Chhabra to write a biography on the star. Having followed her life so closely and interviewed some of the most illustrious named in the industry, Aseem tells us five things about the Quantico star that you should know.

1. Becoming the GUESS girl

While sitting at the Heathrow airport once, Priyanka was flipping through a magazine when she saw a GUESS ad and she turned to her manager and said, “Make me a GUESS girl.” Before that, Naomi Campbell was the only woman of colour who had been featured as a GUESS girl. So her manager had informed her that it would be an extremely difficult thing to get. But she was determined. And when the then-CEO of GUESS Paul Marciano met her, he remarked as to how her personality fit so well with that of a GUESS girl. With that campaign, she became the first ever Asian woman to become a GUESS girl.

2. Sportsmanship over awards

One of Priyanka’s strongest performances is in the film Barfi (2012) and everybody expected her to win a lot of awards for it. But that was also the year Vidya Balan did Kahaani and sort of carried the film on her shoulders. Vidya kept winning awards after awards for her character(in Kahaani), which included winning a national award as well. When Priyanka went for the Filmfare awards that year, she found out that she was not going to win. She called up her father, who was in the hospital at that time, saying that if I’m not going to win why should I stay. But her father told her that she should stay for the spirit of sportsmanship, to support whoever wins, and not run away and give up just because she hasn’t won.

Priyanka Chopra became the first ever Asian woman to become a GUESS girl

3. The Quantico episode

During the making of Quantico in 2015, the scriptwriters of the show were sitting together and working late night, when suddenly a box of Indian sweets arrived. Everybody was puzzled with what it was and if they should eat it. But one of the scriptwriters, Sharbari Zohra Ahmed, was Bangladeshi understood the concept of Diwali, which is when she understood that Priyanka had sent the sweets. That was Priyanka’s way of appreciating all the hard work they were putting in for the show.

4. The girl within

Filmmaker Karan Johar once recalled the tale about how he was on this flight for Kolkata once and he noticed Priyanka Chopra sitting there. And despite the fact that she had just won a pageant (Miss World,2000) and had sort of arrived at the world stage and was all over television and newspapers. But on that flight, she had no starry attitude, and just sat there by herself, all shy and awkward.

5. Life must go on

Priyanka’s father Ashoka Chopra died a week before the second part of Mary Kom’s shooting was about to begin. But she still turned up for the shoot after completing all the rituals and said that she did so because her father would have still wanted her to go on with her work as usual. With a heavy heart but a strong mind, the girl kept going.

Entertainment journalist-columnist Aseem Chhabra’s book titled Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star narrates the Bareilly girl’s journey to becoming an international star.

From HT Brunch, July 29, 2018

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