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A mega event will be organised at India Gate here on Saturday evening to mark the completion of two years of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most of his ministerial colleagues are expected to attend the event. Besides this, the government has launched a series of events to highlight its achievements.

The highlight of the celebrations will be a mega show at India Gate titled ‘Ek Nayi Subah’ or ‘A New Dawn’ beginning 5 p.m. onwards.

A number of film stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Anupam Kher, Anil Kapur and Prasun Joshi, are expected to attend the event.


It took her 22 hours to fly from Mumbai to Los Angeles, where she had a fitting with her stylist, dined with friends, then headed to the People’s Choice Awards in a dazzling, sequined Vera Wang number, looking like a million rupees.

After being named Favorite Actress in a New Series, she hit the afterparty with her mom and celebrated till midnight. The next day brought meetings, interviews and a photo shoot, followed by more interviews, more meetings, a team dinner, a BAFTA tea, an appearance for ABC at a TV Critics Association press conference, then a flight to Montreal so she could get back to work.

Welcome to the world of Priyanka Chopra — one of India’s most celebrated Bollywood actresses, an international recording artist and the sultry star of ABC’s twisty first-season suspense series, Quantico. She plays Alex Parrish, a beautiful FBI recruit who’s haunted by personal demons and has been framed as the perpetrator of the worst terrorist attack since 9/11.

Juggling a rigorous production schedule (she’s in nearly every scene) with global travel and nonstop commitments that might crush your average human, but Chopra remains unfazed.

“I don’t know if my body is used to it,” says the actress, who did find some fleeting solitude on the beaches of Phuket, Thailand, over the year-end holidays. “But my mind is used to it. I mean, it’s not a big deal for me… but physically it’s exhausting.”

Not since Salma Hayek’s early Hollywood heyday 20 years ago has a young actress had the international allure of Chopra — or Pee Cee, as she is known in India (she’s Pree, or just P, to friends, while family calls her Mimi).

Thanks to her film cred in India and her new profile on ABC, she was asked to be a presenter at this year’s Oscars, where she made a splash in a strapless white-silk mermaid gown by Zuhair Murad.

But Chopra is less a globetrotting glamour girl and more an intensely focused multi-tasker with a lot on her plate. This fall, while adjusting to the grind of a new TV drama — she is the first Indian-born actress to topline an American series — she also spent weekends flying between Montreal (where Quantico has been shooting) and Mumbai to complete two Bollywood films.

“She really doesn’t stop,” says Johanna Braddy, who plays Quantico’s poor little rich girl, Shelby Wyatt. “I don’t even know if she’d like it if she had nothing to do. That’s how she’s learned to live. And she’s really good at it.”

From the series’ start, Chopra bonded with Braddy and Yasmine Al Massri, the Lebanese actress who plays identical twins Nimah and Raina Amin. They became their own little chick clique on and off the set in Montreal. Like most of the cast, Braddy didn’t know who Chopra was when she signed to the series last year. She became especially curious after the Indian star showed up the first day shadowed by a pair of assistants.

A quick check on IMDB showed her that Chopra is no novice; with 50-plus Bollywood films to her credit, she shoots between two and six movies a year. But, even then, Braddy says, “I couldn’t quite understand the magnitude — how massive she actually is.”

Here’s how massive she actually is: at 18, Chopra was named Miss World 2000. Thanks to that title, she made her Bollywood debut in 2003’s The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. In 2004 she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, in 2003’s Andaaz. She appeared in five films in 2004, including the thriller Aitraaz, which featured her breakout performance as a seductress.

By 2006 she was an established star of Hindi cinema, tackling genres from melodrama and rom-coms to sci-fi and action.

In 2008 she played an ambitious supermodel in the drama Fashion, which brought her the National Film Award and launched a trend in female-centric “shero” (female hero) stories. After she won the People’s Choice Award in January, one of her more than 13 million Twitter followers tweeted: “Can anyone now say you’re not a ‘shero’ #DoingTheCountryProud #NobodyCanStopHer.”

In 2012 Chopra became the first Bollywood star to sign with CAA. She also released her first studio album, on Interscope Records in North America; her first single, “In My City” — featuring rapper — topped the Hindi pop chart, went triple platinum and was nominated for three World Music Awards. The next year, Chopra released her second single, “Exotic,” featuring Pitbull.

Along the way, she has found time to serve as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, promoting children’s rights; to work for environmental, health and education causes; and to speak out about women’s issues. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award. She has also been a columnist for Elle and written an op-ed about girls’ education for The New York Times.

“She is a force of nature,” says Patrick Moran, executive vice-president of ABC Studios, which produces the show. His former casting head, Keli Lee (who now works for ABC in London), had met Chopra at a party in Santa Monica in 2012 and was captivated by her star power. Two years later, Lee flew to Mumbai to woo Chopra to the network.

“Priyanka’s very self-possessed, in a great way,” says Moran, who met with her at Lee’s urging that fall in L.A. “We’ve done such a great job presenting strong, complex iconic women, whether Kerry Washington or Viola Davis, and now Marcia Gay Harden in Code Black, Joan Allen [in The Family] and Mireille Enos [in The Catch]. We explained to her that this is what we do here.”

Intrigued, Chopra signed a holding deal with ABC for pilot season last year. “I love American television,” she says. “I think it’s going through its golden phase right now — I watch Grey’s [Anatomy], Homeland, Castle, Jane the Virgin, CSI, Criminal Minds. I’m starting Narcos now. I binge-watch when I’m doing hair and makeup or before I go to bed.”

So in early 2015, Chopra came to L.A. for a month, read dozens of scripts and chose three shows she liked, including Quantico. “I wanted to do a drama,” she says. “It’s what I do best, I think.” The others didn’t get picked up, but Quantico did. Which meant Chopra had to do her first-ever audition.

Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl, Smash) — creator, executive producer and showrunner — hadn’t written the role of Alex Parrish for a woman of any certain ethnicity. Though he took the character’s first name from the two-fisted FBI agent played by Debra Winger in Bob Rafelson’s 1987 thriller, Black Widow, he had no one in mind for his Quantico lead when Chopra walked in.

“Even though I found out later on that Priyanka had a deal with ABC — they were smart enough not to tell me that beforehand — she walked through the door the first day of auditions for that character, and I was immediately like, ‘Who is this celebrity walking in?’ Because she was incredibly polished, immaculately dressed, her hair was blown out and perfect. And she was gorgeous and smelled amazing.

“She was not what you think of as someone waiting outside in a line of actors. I even thought, ‘Did this person walk into the wrong room?’ She was clearly a superstar, but I did not know who she was.”

His only real concern was her accent. Growing up in India, the daughter of two physicians in the Indian army and attending boarding school, Chopra learned the Queen’s English and speaks it with an earthy Indian lilt. Meanwhile, Alex hails from Oakland, California. But within 24 hours, the actress showed Safran that she could camouflage her continental sound.

“I speak three languages now: Hindi, English and ‘Amurican,'” she jokes, To meet her partway, Safran made the character half Indian, a first-generation American who spent a decade in Mumbai — which has made Alex even more complex (as if it weren’t enough that she is haunted by the childhood secret that she killed her father to protect her mother).

Chopra understands the lasting scars of teen torment; that’s part of what makes her so relatable in Quantico. Though she and her brother, Siddarth, grew up comfortably, moving often with their parents before settling in suburban Bareilly outside Mumbai, she describes her younger self as a gawky kid with low self-esteem.

Maybe that’s because she is prone to setting the bar so high. “[I was] head of the class, teacher’s pet, always knew the answers, always in honors classes,” Chopra says. “My parents never treated me like a child. They made me make my own decisions, told me to think about the pros and cons. I grew up having my own opinions and knowing what that meant.

“But I was always really conscious of the way I looked, and high school is hard for anyone.”

It didn’t help that she had to wear a uniform to school in India — which she hated. “It’s very British,” she explains. While visiting relatives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with her mom and brother, she attended school with her cousin and was invited to become a student there, “I just loved the fact that they didn’t wear uniforms,” she says.

So she convinced her mom that she should stay. “I attracted a lot of attention. Nobody looked like me in my school. I was skinny with crazy, frizzy hair. It was like Mean Girls.” After most of a year there, she moved to Queens, New York, with her relatives, then to Newton, Massachusetts, where she encountered enough racism to send her packing.

“There was one girl who was just super evil. She kept calling me Brownie, and saying, ‘Go back to your country, you smell like curry’ — and I didn’t, by the way. She was so mean to me. And she wasn’t even white. She was black. In retrospect, it was the weirdest thing.”

Back in India to finish high school, she had her photo taken for a college scholarship application. The photographer, impressed by her emerging beauty, asked to take extra shots. While she was studying for final exams, her mother submitted the photos to the Miss India competition without telling her — and she was selected.

“I went on a whim because I wanted a break from studying — and I won,” she says. She was 17 when she became Miss India. The next year, she won Miss World, and … “Life just took over. I was literally out of a school uniform into stilettos standing in front of global media talking about the economy of Uganda. It was bizarre. I didn’t have time to gain perspective on my life, because it was a whirlwind. I never thought it would become my career.”


A year ago, Priyanka Chopra was being trotted out on stage at ABC’s upfront presentation alongside the network’s biggest stars — Shondaland’s Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington. It was the first step in a long journey the Bollywood star and former Miss World 2000 took in her efforts to continue her global rise to stardom as the star of an American TV series.

In the year since, ABC’s Quantico became one of the breakout freshman dramas of the 2015-16 broadcast season, with Chopra’s image plastered across the country on billboards and busses. Today, Chopra is spending her hiatus from Quantico on the set of Baywatch, where she’s co-starring opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron.

After detailing her incredible journey to last year’s upfronts — from series pickup to hitting the ABC afterparties, Chopra returns to write a follow-up guest column for THR in which she details the seven biggest lessons she learned in the past year.

As the curtains came down on season one of Quantico on Sunday, it was a culmination of an incredible journey that began almost a year ago. I’m no clairvoyant, which is evident by the fact that I could not have predicted the outcome to this particular journey … not by a long-shot! There is no way I could have predicted the amazing reception and support that Quantico has received this season or even the way that I have been welcomed into the fold here in America.

I started out with just a desire to try something new lodged in my head; with hope of making new connections, building in my heart and a fist full of determination, carried in my hands! That’s all I packed for on this trip to a new tomorrow.

It’s been, as clichéd as it sounds, a rollercoaster ride. It’s not the gentle little thrill you find at your local county fair … but a knock-your-socks-off, screaming-for-your-life ride of a lifetime. Every turn, every stomach-churning drop and every steep climb on those tracks thought me a new lesson, each of which has been seared into my memory.

Here are a few of my most important lessons.
• Don’t restrict the “view” for yourself. Be focused but not myopic … think about the bigger picture.

• The world is smaller than you think. Since I came from another part of the world, I expected many differences in the way things worked but at the end of the day, there actually were more similarities between the American and Indian entertainment industry. The same chaos, creativity, passion and genius all around. The most obvious distinction being the language with which I delivered my lines.

• Familiarity and comfort can sometimes weigh you down. Being very far away from anything familiar is very difficult and to be able to start from scratch was very hard for me but at the same time it gave me a new perspective on many things. I think it made me more aware and actually helped with my performance.

• TV is brutal. I’m a film girl. We have specific time frames and we take our time to create; we breathe! TV is frenetic more so because of the sheer amount of content that needs to be created for every episode times 22! The hours are killer, the pace nonstop. No one sent me the memo.

• Every week is judgment day. With feature films, it’s a one-time judgment once your film is premiered. Reviews, box office and then you move on to the next project. With TV, you are being rated and judged weekly for an eight-month stretch.

• Trust in yourself. Any transition is easier if you believe in yourself and your talent.

• Hard work and perseverance. Take it everywhere you go!

Has it been worth it? Hell yeah! I miss home. I miss being back on set for a film back in India. I miss my friends. I miss my dog. But I’ve also created a new home (one that fits into a suitcase). I’ve made new friends. Shot for a feature film here (playing Baywatch’s bad girl) and made many of my friends’ pets my own. I know now that I can balance between my two worlds. It’s not easy but I’ve found my way.

Quantico has been renewed for a second season and that in itself is a special feeling. It’s the ultimate stamp of approval from the audience and the network powers that be. We created something special and we get to do it all over again. What more can a girl ask for?


What’s coming up in the Quantico finale? — Michele
EP Josh Safran wants viewers to pay attention to a key scene between Alex and another character we’ve met many times, who will be “the tie between season 1 and season 2,” he says. In other words, it won’t just be Alex acting as the bridge into next year.


Actor Priyanka Chopra has been lucky so far; fashion critics all over the world have given her thumbs up for all her looks on the red carpet. But the actor reveals that she doesn’t take the red carpet too seriously and lets her mood dictate her clothes.

Though she has her stylist helping her to a large extent, Priyanka prefers to wear clothes that aren’t too “fashion forward”. “I rely on my stylist completely to procure the clothes, but I finally decide which outfit to go with. I always decide my outfit depending on my mood and that has been a big reason why my red carpet appearances aren’t majorly fashion forward. I don’t consider myself a fashionista but I like to be the best version of myself. So I have to wear what I feel best in. I always have three options ready because I change my mind all the time and that is my birth right as a woman. You have to be on the red carpet feeling most special because as soon as you pretend to be something you are not, people see through it and then you end up looking stiff. I need to enjoy myself on the red carpet and that is very important,” she says.

Priyanka is extremely grateful for what she has achieved and wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. But at the same time, though she enjoys being in the limelight since she started acting, there are moments she wishes to live a normal life.

“There are times when I would like to be just another person. I am not saying I don’t want to be Priyanka Chopra. But personally, when there is a crisis to deal with, I feel like I am just another girl with usual problems. So, sometimes, it gets overwhelming to not be able to explain to the world when I walk out about how I am actually feeling. You are expected to have a pleasant demeanour and you always have to be the star that people expect you to be. That can sometimes get taxing,” Priyanka says.


Mumbai, May 6 () Priyanka Chopra might be flying high with her Hollywood projects but back home her mother Madhu believes the actress would be equally willing to star in regional cinema.
The “Bajirao Mastani” star has produced a Bhojpuri film along with her mother titled “Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi”.

The film is produced under their banner Purple Pebble Pictures.

When asked if she would like Priyanka to star in a Bhojpuri film, Madhu told reporters, “If someone comes up with a good project, she has nothing against regional cinema. She has done Tamil and Telugu films. But some story should come to her which will turn into a good product.”

Madhu said Priyanka believes in good work irrespective of the region or boundaries.

“She anyway has said that ‘I do not belong to any particular region.’ Whether it’s anywhere in the world or India, she will do good projects.”

The 33-year-old actress starred in the American TV series “Quantico” and is filming the Hollywood movie “Baywatch”.

Madhu says she is extremely proud of her daughter, who was recently honoured with the Padma Shri.

“As her mother I am very proud of her. She has worked so hard and got recognition not only for herself, or her family but for the entire country. Everyone looks at her as a representative of India, that people like her are in the country. I am extremely proud of her.”

“Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi” features Bhojpuri star Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua as the main lead.


When the call came asking acclaimed Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, 33, to star as an FBI recruit in ABC’s Quantico, she couldn’t resist.

“I’m a big American TV fan,” she says. “I watch Narcos, Fargo, Mr. Robot… Plus, Quantico is such a cool show, and my character is such an independent woman—it’s great to be able to play a role like that.”

Despite having never worked in television before, Chopra—who has more than 50 Bollywood films to her credit—is certainly familiar with the pace. She makes up to four movies a year, shooting in India as well as faraway locations like Australia and the U.K. And that’s on top of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and occasional newspaper columnist. “I don’t really believe in taking vacations,” she jokes.

She’s not kidding. In addition to wrapping Season 1 of Quantico—which has become a huge hit for the network—she’s signed on for a major part in the upcoming Baywatch film, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Luckily, she doesn’t foresee any problems wearing one of the franchise’s trademark red bikinis.

“In India, you can wear anything and be sexy,” she says. “A sari or a swimsuit will work as long as it’s mysterious.”

Men’s Fitness caught up with Chopra between takes of Quantico to get the latest on her sense of individuality, what it means to be sexy, and how she brings her Indian background to American primetime.

Your character on Quantico certainly stands out among American broadcast dramas. What’s that like for you?
It’s a very relevant show because it embraces diversity in a huge way, and, at the same time, feminism. I play an Indian-American girl. The Yasmin character is a Hijabi FBI agent. The characters are very progressive—that’s the best form of television. It’s not the kind of show that is ‘Art’ but it doesn’t take television for granted.

I’m an artist. I speak Indian and English, and so art is never restricted by borders or language. As long as you’re an artist you can conform to being anyone. I’m an Indian woman but I’m playing an American woman. If something interesting comes along, of course I’ll do it. I’m looking at doing two films this year.

You’re a veteran of film. What has the jump to TV been like for you?
Features are a little more languid, whereas TV is like a factory. It’s crazy hours. Beside that, that the chaos of film making is the same everywhere. It’s all the same everywhere.

You must be extraordinarily busy.
Let’s just say I’m in the process of figuring out a bunch of things right now, whether Indian movies or American. Because of the extension of Quantico, my scheduling is a nightmare.

Acting is what I do most and what I’ve known more than half of my life. But I’m a creative person and creativity can never be boxed. Besides acting, I’m producing films in India. I just produced a mobile web series in India. I write blogs. I try and express myself in the best ways I can.

Your Quantico character is serious, but also exudes a sense of sexuality. What does that mean for you? How do you achieve that as an actress?
Sexy is what sexy does. Sexy doesn’t have anything to do with how many clothes you wear or how you walk. Sexy is about confidence and style. Which inherently anyone can teach themselves, It’s walking with a sense of yourself. And that turns heads in a room. I’m a very individual person. I’ve never followed a particular style in the past. I’m just comfortable being me.

I do come from the land of kama sutra. In India, the idea of sexy is more about how you feel. That’s what I was taught living in India. And that applies to the movies we do as well. There’s always an appreciation of the female form. It’s something every culture has of its own. It’s understated but at the same time it’s extremely seductive.


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