Priyanka Chopra, who would not have heard of this name? Her success and persona have imprinted her name not only in India but all over the World. She is not only one of the highest-paid actresses but also one of the most popular celebrities across the world. She made a red carpet debut at the 88th Academy Awards and soon after Google announced that she is the second most searched celebrity after Leonardo DiCaprio which put India among the top 10 markets for searches related to Oscars. She made history as the first South Asian to get a leading role on a prime-time American TV-show, Quantico for which she consequently won People Choice’s Award in a new TV series. Not only that, she debut in Hollywood in The Rock’s Baywatch. She is a diva and carries her own style statements. Whatever she wears turns into a topic of debate for everyone. She has bagged Best Dressed Celebrity Awards many times. She has also proved her acting skills in many films like Barfi, Fashion, Mary Kom, Bajirao Mastani and in a lot more. The list of her achievements is enormous and I can keep on writing about them the whole night. But, today, I want to write about her journey-the obstacles and criticism she had faced in the beginning of her career. Let’s dig deep and see what kept her going in spite of so many failures and criticism?
A small town girl who never looked back after winning Miss World Pageant in 2000 has also faced a lot of criticism in her career. Who knows, she had faced racial issues during her school days in Baston, just at the age of 13. Her school mates used to bully her for her dark complexion and called her Browny. The bullying turned into a fight one day for which she got suspended for three days. “I was a teenager who did not even know how to wear heels but I learned. From Bareily, I went to study in the US. I didn’t know how to fit in. Also, I faced some racial issues. I was bullied for and some students called me Browny, they also pointed fingers at me for being Indian, but I survived,” Priyanka told the crowd. This high school experiences taught her to be confident in life. Addressing the students in a summit, Priyanka encouraged them to be imperfect as possible and asked them to flaunt on their flaws as “as long as you are being yourself.” “I was a gawky kid, had low self-esteem, came from a modest middle-class background, had white marks on my legs, but the only thing I knew was to work hard and learn. I didn’t know how to act or win a beauty pageant,” she said, adding “But I was damn hard working. Today, my legs sell 12 brands.” “Today I have the courage to do a commercial, mainstream film like “Barfi!”, when half of India doesn’t even know what autism is. But I have the courage to take that chance,” PTI quoted her as saying.
To become a Bollywood star was never a choice for her as she wanted to become a criminal physiatrist after high school. She accepted offers from the Bollywood just to give it a try as everything thing else was happening to her by chance, not by choice. In the beginning of her Bollywood Career, most of the movies she had signed got shelved and the few which got released didn’t work well in the box office and put her career in danger. Many people criticized her for her dark complexion, lips and some for her acting skills. It is her fear to lose which kept her going. She believes in hard work and she says there is no substitute for hard work especially when it comes to become successful. In spite so many failures and criticism, she made herself globally acceptable. No Bollywood star has reached to this peak of success where she is today. Yet she says she has a long way to go and she doesn’t mind to work even 20 hours a day to meet her commitments. She superbly fits in the adage where there is a will, there is always a way.