An actress par excellence, a diva that sets the paparazzi going click, click, a fashionista that the world admires and a human being with inspirational sensitivities, Priyanka Chopra is a darling of sorts. Her tweets are fun, but she is even more fun to be with. You spend two minutes with this leggy model and you know you are in for a wonderful joyride!

She is one hard working soul, who has traversed the global distance today with her latest single Exotic featuring rap icon Pitbull, has never had it easy. But her funda to success is what carves her identity, she exclaims! “ It has to be always hard work that has helped me be who I am today. I was in school, just 17 when I was conferred upon with the pageant and in one manner, my journey started there. But that was just the beginning of the struggle. Suddenly when I am 19, I am doing something which I hardly knew with people who I hardly have met ever. I have fought my own battles and maybe this was also one of the many battles that I have come across. I am fighter and I never wanted to lose. That’s what my parents always taught me”

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra

Considering that she debuted at an age where Models were considered mere showpieces without an adept ability to emote on screen, she profusely refused to agree to it, shining with all the sheen, shutting all her critics up and how. “I think that is a phrase that people should throw out of the window now! There have been too many models who have proved that they can act! There was Juhi Chawla, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita, Lara and then Katrina too. Even Katrina was a model! So many people have done that. They have proved their mettle and made other aspiring models proud. So I feel it is not right to say that! I think acting is a very individual thing. Either you know it or you don’t! So connecting it to your modeling career or your theatre influences is something not correct.”

From the very naïve days of her debut film Andaaz to today, Priyanka has shown an immense metamorphosis in strength, flair and fashion. Ask her and she would brush it off with her sparkling smile. “At the end of the day, you have to grow, right? I think because I was so young, I grew up in films. My glamour world or showbiz has been who I am! I guess, I don’t know anything else. The only thing I knew was that I don’t want to be fit into a box. I don’t want to be just another heroine!”

Though celebrations might not be welcome for our loving Piggy Chops this year, we wish this Daddy’s li’l girl to shine with all the glitterati and prosper in all her future endeavors. Take India to new heights woman and make your father proud, ‘coz we know you’re worth it! Happy Birthday.

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