Being one of Bollywood’s most popular, dynamic and highly paid actresses, Priyanka Chopra has a lot to offer to her fans. PeeCee, as she is fondly called, was Miss India World 2000 and has won several awards for her impactful performances and other achievements, including the Padma Shri, the four highest civilian honour given by the Government of India. She is now making her mark in Hollywood. Priyanka has worked with Bollywood’s top directors and co-stars, and some of her Hindi movies have been top grossers. Here is a list of her top 10 Bollywood films:
1. Barfi (2012)
PC appeared as an autistic girl Jhilmil, opposite Ranbir Kapoor who played a mute and deaf boy in this film directed by Anurag Basu. While Ranbir was magnificent in his challenging role, Priyanka was also quite outstanding, and the film received a lot of critical acclaim.
2. Fashion (2008)
One of Priyanka’s earlier films, Fashion was directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Here she played a small-town girl who goes on to became a top supermodel but in the process also discovers the dark sides of the fashion world.
3. Don (2006 & 2011)
A remake of the 1978 action thriller with the same name, Don was directed by Farhan Akhtar and had a sequel. Priyanka appeared in both parts as Roma, a girl wants to avenge her brother’s murder and gets involved with Vijay (Shahrukh Khan), who resembles an international gangster. Both the films and Priyanka received a lot of positive reviews from critics.
4. Mary Kom (2014)
An Indian biographical sports film, directed by Omung Kumar, it was based on the fascinating life and struggles of Indian boxer Mary Kom. Priyanka played the titular role in the film.
5. 7 Khoon Maaf (2001)
This was an Indian black comedy by Vishal Bhardwaj, based on Susanna's Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond. PeeCee played Susanna, a woman who married several times but became widowed each time with the mysterious deaths of her husbands.
6. Kaminey (2009)
This was a caper action film by Vishal Bhardwaj, based on Mumbai’s underworld, which has achieved cult status. It featured Shahid Kapoor and Amol Gupte. Priyanka as Sweety caused a stir and her character, as the sister of a political goon, was described as “feisty and vivacious”.
7. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, this was a period drama based on the romance of a Maratha general, Bajirao I (Ranveer Singh) and Mastani (Deepika Padukone), princess of Bundelkhand. Priyanka appeared as Bajirao’s first wife, Kashibai. Though this was a supporting role, Priyanka but was widely praised for her performance and dancing skills.
8. Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
Zoya Akhtar’s comedy drama was the tale of the affluent Mehra family members, who need to find their way back to each other and make better life choices. Priyanka was impressive as Ayesha Mehra, the daughter of the family, an independent-minded young woman, who runs a successful tourism company but is stuck in an unhappy marriage with a controlling husband.
9. Dostana (2008)
In this romantic comedy by Tarun Mansukhani, Priyanka looked stunning as Neha, a modern woman who lives in Miami with two male roommates (Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham). We could see why both men, along with her boss Bobby Deol, fall in love with her and compete for her attention as the story unfolds.
10. Agneepath (2012)
While Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath — the new version of the 1990 film by the same — mostly belonged to the lead character Vijay (Hrithik Roshan), Priyanka as his love interest was seen in a small but different role, going for a simple and real look, as opposed to her usual glamorous roles.
Priyanka is now trying to make her mark in Hollywood. She has appeared in ABC thriller Quantico, becoming the first South Asian actress to be cast as the lead of an American show. She also appeared in the comedy film Baywatch. It however remains to be seen whether she will be able to achieve the same kind of star status as she enjoys back home and if she will be able to produce a similar body of work in Hollywood.