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Priyanka Chopra was born on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur, to Ashok Chopra and Madhu Akhauri, both physicians by profession in the Indian Army. She also has a brother, Siddharth, who is seven years younger than her. Her cousin Parineeti Chopra is also an actress. She studied at La Martiniere Girls' School in Lucknow as a young girl. She subsequently re-located to the U.S. where she studied in Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts and then in John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She returned to India and finished her high school at Army Public School in Bareilly. She registered for her college studies at Jai Hind College in Mumbai.
Priyanka Chopra made her debut in the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan .She also sang playback in the film, singing "Ullathai Killadhe". In 2003, she appeared in her first Bollywood film, opposite Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta in the Anil Sharma film The Hero: Love Story of a Spy. Later that year she appeared in Raj Kanwar's Andaaz. The film was a success at the box office, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. Her next few films released in 2004 Plan opposite Sanjay Dutt, Kismat opposite Bobby Deol and Asambhav opposite Arjun Rampal performed poorly at the box office. Later that year she appeared in David Dhawan's romantic comedy Mujhse Shaadi Karogi along with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. The film turned out to be the third-highest grossing film of that year. She next starred in Abbas-Mustan's thriller Aitraaz alongside Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. It was her first negative role and her performance was critically acclaimed. She earned a Filmfare Best Villain Award. She also received a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for the role.
In 2005, she starred in six films. Four of them, Blackmail, Karam, Yakeen and Barsaat failed to do well.However, her performance in Yakeen garnered mostly good reviews from critics. Her other two 2005 releases, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Bluffmaster! were moderately successful at the box office. In 2006, She starred in Rakesh Roshan's Krrish which was a sequel to the 2004 sci-fi film Koi... Mil Gaya. She shared the screen with Hrithik Roshan and Rekha. The film was declared a blockbuster and was one of the highest grossing films of the year. She also appeared in Aap Ki Khatir opposite Akshaye Khanna and Dino Morea. Her last release was Farhan Akhtar's Don, alongside Shahrukh Khan. In 2007, she appeared in Nikhil Advani's ensemble piece Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. Despite a promising opening, the movie was a financial failure. Her next release, the much-delayed Big Brother, also underperformed at the box-office. In 2008, Chopra acted in six films. Her first four films, Love Story 2050, God Tussi Great Ho, Chamku and Drona, were critically and commercially unsuccessful. After a series of flops, Chopra was cast in Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion (2008). Her performance in the film was appreciated and earned her several awards for Best Actress including the National Film Award for Best Actress, as well as the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Chopra's final release of the year was Tarun Mansukhani's romantic comedy Dostana alongside Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. The film was a financial success and went on to become the eight-highest grossing film at the Indian box office in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in Vishal Bhardwaj's caper thriller Kaminey alongside Shahid Kapoor, The film was a critical and commercial success. In 2010, Chopra appeared in Jugal Hansraj's Pyaar Impossible! opposite Uday Chopra The film was a commercial and critical failure. Her next release, Siddharth Anand's Anjaana Anjaani alongside Ranbir Kapoor, got a good initial response at the box office. Her next release was Farhan Akhtar's Don 2 alongside Shahrukh Khan. The film was a sequel to the 2006 action thriller Don. Upon release, while Indian critics gave positive to mixed reviews, overseas film critics praised it. In early 2012, Her first release of the year was Karan Johar's Agneepath alongside Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor. The film was a remake of the 1990 classic of the same name. Upon release, the film broke the highest opening day collections record and became a critical and commercial success. Her next release was Kunal Kohli's Teri Meri Kahaani, a love story set in three different eras. The film opened to mixed reactions from critics, however Chopra's performance and her chemistry with co-star Shahid Kapoor received good reviews.