After winning Miss World in 2000, Priyanka Chopra Jonas had numerous film offers. The actress, however, had no intention of working in the movie business.
In Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a well-known actress. She has established herself in Hollywood as well, but she is best known for her work in Hindi films like Barfi, Andaaz, Fashion, and Bajirao Mastani, among others. Priyanka’s mother, Madhu Chopra, revealed that she initially had little interest in acting in films.
The fifth Miss World and the second Indian winner in a row, Priyanka was crowned Miss World in 2000. The actress had taken a break from her studies at the time to compete in the pageant, but films had never been on her agenda. Priyanka began working on her debut film at her parents’ advice.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ introduction to the film industry was described by Madhu Chopra. “Wo Mumbai aayi to obvious next course is film waale aane lage offers le kar, but she was completely against films that ‘nahi ye sab mujhe karna nahi hai, I want to study‘. So we said such opportunities don’t come by every day. ‘You have taken a gap here, give it a shot for two months, do one film, if you don’t like it, if it’s not for you, you can always go back and study. They are not going to take you away.’ So that’s what she did.”
Madhu Chopra added, “You won’t believe it, the first contract she signed had big blotches of teardrops on it. She said, ‘I am only doing it because you are telling me to do it’. But then she went in front of the camera, it shifted. She loved it, and then she decided that she wants to continue.” For the unversed, Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s first acting project was the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan opposite Thalapathy Vijay. She later made her Bollywood debut with the 2003 film Hero: The Love Story of a Spy.
The late Ashok Chopra, Madhu and Priyanka’s father, had a great deal of confidence in the capability and potential of their daughter. In fact, during one of her first public appearances after winning Miss World, her parents realised she wasn’t cut out for a traditional career.