PRIYANKA –The 100 Most Influential People in the World
Priyanka Chopra (born 18 July 1982) is an Indian actress, singer, film producer, philanthropist, and the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. One of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities, Chopra has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards. In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
This Jamshedpuri was initially aspired to study aeronautical engineering, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which came as a result of her pageant wins, making her Bollywood debut in The Hero (2003). This was followed by the box office hit musical Andaaz, the same year, and a critically acclaimed performance in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz. Starring roles in the highly successful productions Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Krrish (2006) and Don (2006) established her as a leading actress of Indian cinema.
Talking about her Achievements & Awards, In 2008, she won the National Film Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for playing a troubled model in the drama Fashion. Chopra subsequently gained widespread recognition for portraying a wide range of characters in the films Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), Barfi! (2012), Mary Kom (2014), Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Bajirao Mastani (2015), all of which garnered her several Best Actress awards and nominations. In 2015, she began starring as Alex Parrish on the ABC thriller series Quantico, becoming the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series. In 2016, she produced the acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator.
In addition to her acting career, Chopra is noted for her philanthropic work. She has worked with UNICEF for the last ten years and was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes various causes such as environment, health and education, and women’s rights and is particularly vocal about gender equality and feminism. Chopra’s off-screen life is the subject of substantial media coverage. As a recording artist, she has released three singles. She is also the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures.
PRIYANKA’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS – UNICEF
Ms Chopra is also known for her contribution to social causes, particularly those involving children. She has been associated with a number of NGOs to raise awareness about ways to improve the condition of the girl child in India.
She has also been a part of the UN’s global “Girl Up” campaign, which envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. For these reasons, Ms Chopra is an ideal voice to support UNICEF’s work in India.
Priyanka has now been associated with UNICEF for almost a decade. In 2010, she was appointed a UNICEF National Ambassador, tasked specifically with promoting child rights and adolescence. She has partnered with UNICEF to feature in videos and advertisements aimed at building awareness for child rights and the need to create healthy environments for children, filled with opportunities to blossom.
Among the key UNICEF campaigns that Ms Chopra has been associated with is ‘Deepshikha”, campaign. The campaign aims at strengthening adolescent and young women’s groups through imparting to members life skills, enterprise skills and networking skill training.
The “Deepshikha” campaign has helped 65,000 girls and young women in the state of Maharashtra develop entrepreneurial skills and build self-confidence through financial education and leadership training.
Ms Chopra has also been actively associated with the “Awaaz Do”, campaign, advocating the cause of every child’s entitlement to free schooling through the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act. Launched in 2010, the digital campaign “Awaaz Do” generated an overwhelming response with more than 200,000 people signing up in less than three months. Ms Chopra supported it by creating a video message urging people to join and signing up herself.
Ms Chopra has also helped to publicise the “Dare to Care” campaign, which urges supporters to get actively involved and demand the rights for adolescent girls across the country especially those who are excluded and marginalised.
She has also given her voice to the “End Violence against Children” campaign, which aims at raising awareness about different forms of violence, including physical, emotional and sexual, and child marriage.
Ms Chopra says of her support for children’s causes: “Children are the future of our country and ensuring a safe and healthy environment along with appropriate opportunities to blossom is key to a brighter future for these children as well as our country. I am glad to be associated with UNICEF and its various programmes that aim at empowering the children and adolescents. I strongly advocate that we need to give these children more opportunities to grow in their life. I personally feel that our regular efforts in empowering the adolescent girls will contribute to the growth of our country.”
Ms Chopra has helped create awareness around a wide range of children’s issues and encouraged parents, caregivers, policymakers and other prominent members of society to take notice of the issues and work towards combating them. UNICEF is very grateful to her for her support over many years.
Priyanka from a normal girl to a global icon. Who stands as a symbol of success also has set a great example that women can do anything.