Priyanka Chopra was chosen to play the female lead in Abbas-romantic Mustan's drama Humraaz (2002), where she would make her acting debut after winning Miss India World. This didn't work out, though, for a number of reasons. She said the filming interfered with her schedule, while the producers claimed they had to recast since Priyanka Chopra accepted a number of other commitments. Her first acting role was as the love interest of Vijay's protagonist in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. The film's wit and dialogue were praised in a review that appeared in The Hindu, although the reviewer believed that Chopra's acting opportunities were restricted.
The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy (2003)
In Anil Sharma's The Hero: Love Story of a Spy from 2003, Priyanka Chopra made her Bollywood debut as the second female lead opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta. The movie depicts the struggle of a RAW agent against terrorism against the backdrop of the Indian Army in Kashmir. Even though The Hero was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies that year, critics weren't unanimous in their praise. Mega-looker Chopra makes a solid cinematic debut, according to Derek Elley of Variety.
Later the same year, she co-starred with debutante Lara Dutta in Raj Kanwar's financially successful film Andaaz, which also starred Akshay Kumar. In her role as a vibrant young woman who falls in love with Kumar's persona, Priyanka Chopra. She received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut (alongside Dutta) and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, which was noted by The Hindustan Times for the glamour she brought to the role and praised by Kunal Shah of Sify who said she had all the qualities to be a star.
Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Dino Morea, and Sameera Reddy star in the action-thriller Plan, an Indian production in the Hindi language from 2004. The movie, which was produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Hriday Shetty, was a hit and did incredibly well on Indian single screens while also doing well in multiplex theatres. The movie received an average overall rating and currently ranks as the twenty-seventh top grossing Hindi film of 2004. This 2004 movie, which debuted on January 9th, is partially based on the Hollywood comedy Suicide Kings from 1997.
Rajiv Rai and Gulshan Rai's 2004 Indian Hindi action thriller Asambhav was released by the Trimurti Films label. Arjun Rampal, Naseeruddin Shah, and Priyanka Chopra starred in the film, which was released on July 23, 2004, with Dipannita Sharma, Tom Alter, Milind Gunaji, and Sharat Saxena among others playing supporting roles. The entire movie was filmed in Switzerland.
It had mixed to favorable reviews upon release, although it only made an average amount of money. Film critic Joginder Tuteja noted that Priyanka Chopra was frequently cast in this earlier era as a glamour quotient in forgettable roles.
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004)
Priyanka Chopra then appeared in David Dhawan's romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi later that same year with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, which marks their second collaboration together following the popular love musical Andaaz (2003). Amrish Puri, Kader Khan, Satish Shah, and Rajpal Yadav make up the supporting cast. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, which is mostly set in Goa, recounts the exploits of two men (Khan and Kumar) as they attempt to capture the heart of a woman (Chopra). The movie debuted to positive reviews and finished the year as India's third-highest-grossing movie.
In the thriller Aitraaz, directed by Abbas-Mustan, she acted with Kumar and Kareena Kapoor in late 2004. The ambitious woman Soniya Roy, who accuses her employee of sexual harassment, is Chopra's first antagonistic character, and she views it as the greatest learning experience of her career. Chopra's performance in the movie garnered praise from critics and was a financial and critical triumph. According to The Hindustan Times, it was the movie that fundamentally altered her career.
According to a reviewer for the BBC, Priyanka Chopra's movie is Aitraaz. She chews up every scene she is in as the delectably wicked, gold-digging, cunning seductress thanks to her alluring screen presence. Priyanka Chopra, the second and final actress to get the honor after Kajol, earned a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Chopra was nominated for both the Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005)
In the family drama Waqt: The Race Against Time, directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and starring Amitabh Bachchan as a tiny businessman who tries to teach his careless son some lessons before he passes away, Chopra plays Akshay Kumar's wife. When filming the song Subah Hogi, Chopra returned to Leh, a favourite childhood destination. Priyanka Chopra accidentally electrocuted herself while filming the song Do Me A Favour Lets Play Holi, spending a day in the hospital to recover. The movie was popular with audiences and garnered favourable reviews from reviewers.
Next, Priyanka Chopra played a possessive lover opposite Arjun Rampal in the romantic mystery thriller Yakeen. The screenplay for the movie was written by Vikram Bhatt. The 1991 Hollywood film Shattered served as a loose inspiration for the plot of this movie. The main character of the movie has amnesia after being in an accident, and as he begins to put together his past, he begins to suspect something is wrong. Yakeen was a financial failure.
Although the film garnered mixed reviews, her acting was praised. Chopra is bound to win honors yet again the actor is developing as one of the finest talents in these fast-changing times, according to Taran Adarsh's writing.
Chopra starred in Rakesh Roshan's superhero movie Krrish in the second half of 2006 after making brief cameos in three other movies (a sequel to the 2003 science-fiction film Koi... Mil Gaya). With Hrithik Roshan, Rekha, and Naseeruddin Shah as his co-stars, Chopra played a young television journalist who plots to take advantage of a defenseless young guy with exceptional physical attributes but ends up falling in love with him. The movie earned over US$15 million globally and over 1.17 billion ($15 million) in India, where it was the second-highest-grossing movie of the year. It was dubbed a blockbuster.
At the 52nd Filmfare Awards, Krrish received 8 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor for Roshan, and Best Supporting Actress for Rekha. It won three awards, including Best Special Effects. The movie was nominated for nine 2007 IIFA Awards, and Roshan won three of them, including Best Actor. The National Film Award for Best Special Effects was also given to it. Krrish 3—the third movie in the series—was made available in 2013.
The action-thriller Don, directed by Farhan Akhtar and starring Shah Rukh Khan, was Priyanka Chopra's last movie of 2006. Chopra as Roma, who joins the underworld to exact revenge on Don for killing her brother (Zeenat Aman played Roma in the original movie). For her part in the movie, Priyanka Chopra trained in martial arts, and she also pulled off her own stunts. With revenues of 1.05 billion (US$14 million), the movie was hailed as a triumph both domestically and abroad. Chopra was described by Raja Sen of Rediff.com as the great surprise of the movie; he said she represented Roma convincingly, looking every inch the skilled lady of action, and noted that Chopra has genuine potential for screen magic. Not to mention a great smile. At the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Don won Best Asian Film. At the 52nd Filmfare Awards, the movie garnered nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Actor for Khan. Don 2 is a follow-up that was released on 23rd December 2011.
Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love (2007)
Priyanka Chopra played two prominent parts in 2007. Her debut feature was the ensemble cast romantic comedy Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, directed by Nikhil Advani. An ensemble cast including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Govinda, Shannon Esra, Sohail Khan, and Isha Koppikar played the lead roles in the 2007 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama Salaam-e-Ishq, which was directed by Nikkhil Advani.
Love Story 2050 (2008)
In Harry Baweja's movie Love Story 2050, Priyanka Chopra co-starred with Harman Baweja in 2008. In order to play two roles, Priyanka Chopra dyed her hair twice: once red to represent the girl from the future and once black to represent the girl from the past.The movie has a number of similarities to the 1991 Telugu film Aditya 369, however Love Story 2050 is solely about travelling to Mumbai in the year 2050, a utopian future metropolis. Aditya 369 dealt with time travel to both the past and a terrible post-apocalyptic future. It is Bollywood's first film on utopian time travel. Rajeev Masand was unhappy with Chopra's chemistry with her co-star and stated that her character fails to inspire either compassion or sympathy after watching Chopra's performance. Alongside Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, and Amitabh Bachchan, she portrayed a TV anchor in the comedy God Tussi Great Ho.
Dostana, a romantic comedy directed by Tarun Mansukhani and starring Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham, was Priyanka Chopra's final movie of the year. The movie, which is set in Miami, centres on a friendship between her character and two men who pretend to be gay in order to live with her in an apartment. Neha, a fashionable young fashion magazine editor who is attempting to manage the rigours of her job, was portrayed by Chopra. The movie, which was made by Dharma Productions, made over 860 million (US$11 million) in worldwide box office receipts. Chopra's appearance and acting in the movie received high accolades. She shared the Stardust Award for Actor of the Year- Female for her roles in Fashion and Dostana.
In Vishal Bhardwaj's caper film Kaminey, about twin brothers and the journey in their lives tied to the underworld, Priyanka Chopra played a fiery Marathi woman named Sweety opposite Shahid Kapoor 2009. The movie was well-received by critics and was a financial success with a global gross of 710 million (US$9 million). Priyanka Chopra's portrayal entirely altered her, according to Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India, and Rajeev Masand wrote: One of the most endearing characters in the movie surprises in a tiny role and sprinkles her words with a little of fluent Marathi. Chopra's performance was recognised as the best by an actress Raja Sen of Rediff.com. Chopra received numerous nominations and accolades for her performance, including the Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the second time in a row following Fashion and Best Actress nods at the Filmfare, Screen, and IIFA awards.
Kaminey earned a lot of positive reviews, and it was named the best movie of the year by a number of critics and media outlets. The movie has gained cult status since its debut. At ceremonies held all over India, it was nominated for and won a number of accolades. It garnered ten nominations for the 55th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. It also won the Best Special Effects prize. Kaminey received two prizes at the 57th National Film Awards: Best Audiography for Subash Sahoo and Special Jury Award for A. Sreekar Prasad's editing.
What’s Your Raashee?(2009)
Following that, Priyanka Chopra made an appearance in Ashutosh Gowariker's romantic comedy What's Your Raashee?, which is based on Madhu Rye's Kimball Ravenswood. The movie tells the tale of a Gujrati NRI living in the US who is looking for his soul mate among 12 girls (all played by Chopra) representing the 12 zodiac signs. For her work in the movie, Priyanka Chopra was nominated for the Screen Best Actress Award. Chopra was a candidate for the Guinness World Records book since she was the first actress to play 12 different characters in a single movie.
7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
Then, in her first movie of 2011, Vishal Bhardwaj's black comedy 7 Khoon Maaf, Priyanka Chopra played the femme fatale. 7 Khoon Maaf, which is based on the Ruskin Bond short tale Susanna's Seven Husbands, concentrates on Chopra's Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, an Anglo-Indian lady who murders her husbands in an endless search for love. Critics praised both the movie and her performance.
Nikhat Kazmi praised Priyanka Chopra's exquisite command over a complex character, which is unquestionably a first in Indian cinema, calling the movie a milestone in Priyanka Chopra's career graph. According to Rachel Saltz of the New York Times, Chopra, while delightful as always, can't make her cohere, and that Susanna was more of a gimmick than a character. Chopra won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and a nomination for the Filmfare Award, IIFA Award, Producers Guild Film Award, and Screen Award for Best Actress.
Agneepath, an action drama directed by Karan Malhotra, starring Rishi Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, and Sanjay Dutt, was Chopra's first movie of 2012. The movie, which Karan Johar produced, is a remake of the same-named 1990 work by his father. Chopra's lehenga, a traditional skirt, caught fire while filming a scene for an elaborate Ganpati holiday song, one of many mishaps that occurred throughout the production. In the movie, she played Kaali Gawde, Roshan's chatty love interest. Mayank Shekhar remarked on how Chopra stood out so much in the predominantly masculine movie. Agneepath had a global total of 1.93 billion (US$25 million), breaking the record for biggest opening-day earnings in Bollywood.
Priyanka Chopra then appeared in Anurag Basu's Barfi!, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz, in 2012. The movie, which takes place in the 1970s, follows the lives of three characters, two of whom have physical disabilities. As Jhilmil Chatterjee, played by Chopra, a deaf and mute man falls in love with an autistic woman (Kapoor). Given how difficult it is for an actor to represent a woman with autism successfully, director Rituparno Ghosh thought it was a very, very brave assignment to accept. Chopra spent time with autistic persons and visited numerous mental hospitals to get ready for the part.
The movie was well-received by critics and a huge financial hit, grossing 1.75 billion (US$23 million) globally. According to Rachit Gupta of Filmfare, Chopra was the surprise package of the movie, and her portrayal of the condition was the best representation of [autism] on Indian celluloid. The Telegraph's Pratim D. Gupta gave Chopra and Kapoor high acclaim, but he thought that she was a tad flashy in the role. Chopra was nominated for Best Actress at the Producers Guild, Filmfare, Screen, IIFA, and awards. The movie was selected as India's 85th Academy Awards submission. Among the highest-grossing Bollywood movies up to that moment were Agneepath and Barfi!
Priyanka Chopra co-starred with Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan in the 2014 Yash Raj Films romantic action film Gunday under the direction of Ali Abbas Zafar. She played Nandita, a Calcutta cabaret dancer. The narrative of two closest friends who fall in love with Nandita is told in this movie, which is set in the 1970s. With nearly 1 billion (US$13 million) in worldwide box office receipts, Gunday was a box office hit. The movie was nominated for Best Choreography for the song Tune Maari Entriyaan and won Best Action at the 60th Filmfare Awards.
Mary Kom (2014)
Priyanka Chopra portrayed Mary Kom, a five-time world boxing champion and Olympic bronze medalist, in the biographical movie Mary Kom. She spent time with Mary Kom and trained in boxing for four months in order to be ready for the part. Her performance gained praise for it, and the movie had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. While criticising the storyline of the movie, Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu lauded Chopra for her knockout performance, saying that the spirited actress rises above the material and makes us invest in her and does complete justice to the spirit of the boxer. The actress expressed every shade of the role with a pitch-perfect boldness, according to the Indo-Asian News Service evaluation. With box office receipts of 1.04 billion (US$14 million), Mary Kom became a commercial triumph. Chopra was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and went on to win the Screen Award for Best Actress as well as the Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
In Zoya Akhtar's 2015 ensemble comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do, Chopra co-starred with Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, and Farhan Akhtar. In order to celebrate the parents' 30th wedding anniversary, the Mehras, a dysfunctional Punjabi family, invite their family and friends on a cruise. Priyanka Chopra played Ayesha Mehra, the eldest kid, and a wealthy entrepreneur. In addition to Chopra being nominated for a Producers Guild Film Award, an IIFA Award, and a Screen Award, the ensemble of Dil Dhadakne Do won the Screen Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
Following the signing of a talent holding agreement with ABC Studios, Chopra was chosen to play Alex Parrish in the American thriller series Quantico. Priyanka Chopra became the first South Asian to serve as the series' lead in an American network drama series when the show made its debut on ABC on September 27, 2015. Television critics gave the show favourable reviews, and Priyanka Chopra's performance was appreciated. James Poniewozik of The New York Times called Chopra the strongest human asset of the show and noted that she is immediately captivating and authoritative. Rob Lowman of the Los Angeles Daily News praised her dynamic screen presence. For her work in Quantico, Priyanka Chopra won the People's Choice Award for Favourite Actress in a New TV Series, making history as the first South Asian actress to do so. Chopra earned a second People's Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress the following year.
Bajirao Mastani (2015)
The role of Kashibai, the first wife of Maratha general Peshwa Bajirao I, was next played by Priyanka Chopra in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's epic historical romance film Bajirao Mastani. Positive reviews for the film's debut were given to Chopra, who was praised for her portrayal, which some critics called her best work to date. Written by Rajeev Masand Priyanka Chopra's Kashibai adds a great touch of silliness and fun to the movie. Chopra gives the character grace and almost single-handedly saves the movie.
Despite not playing the lead, according to movie critic Raja Sen, Chopra possessed the movie, and he said, Chopra's fantastic in the part, her smart expressive eyes expressing volumes and her no-nonsense Marathi cadence bang-on. Bajirao Mastani was a huge commercial hit and one of the highest-grossing Indian movies of all time with box office receipts of 3.5 billion (US$46 million). She was recognized for her work with the Filmfare Award, IIFA Award, Screen Award, and nomination for the Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
With Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as her co-stars, Priyanka Chopra made her live-action Hollywood debut as Victoria Leeds in Seth Gordon's action comedy Baywatch. Negative reviews were given to the feature. Chopra was hailed by IGN as the movie's high point, stating that she outshines pretty much anybody she's in a scene with and that she is the only character that talks with any kind of distinctive cadence.
Priyanka Chopra has fun playing the baddie, but she stays in the background until the end of the movie and really only gets one huge moment at the end of the picture, Scott Mendelson of Forbes noted. Although Baywatch did not have much success at the box office in North America, it did well elsewhere, earning around $178 million at the worldwide box office.
We Can Be Heroes (2020)
The Netflix children's superhero movie We Can Be Heroes, which was helmed by Robert Rodriguez, was Priyanka Chopra's only release of 2020. She played Ms. Granada, the head of Heroics, an organisation that supports superheroes. Critics praised the movie's intellectual ideas with heart and ardent originality and gave it mostly favourable reviews. The actress was complimented for livening up the proceedings as the prim and proper Ms. Granada by Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Ian Freer of Empire magazine thought she played the kids' film acting to the hilt.
The White Tiger (2021)
The White Tiger, directed by Ramin Bahrani and based on the same-titled satirical novel by Aravind Adiga, was Chopra's first movie of 2021. Along with Adarsh Gourav and Rajkummar Rao, she played the part of Pinky Madam in this Netflix production, and she also served as the executive producer. The movie received favorable reviews, as well as her performance. The Times film writer Kevin Maher called Chopra's performance outstanding, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the actress for adding emotional depth to her part. At the 93rd Academy Awards, the movie was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. She appeared in The Matrix Resurrections, a science fiction movie, later that year in a minor role.