‘Desi Girl’ Priyanka Chopra turns 31!

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Priyanka Chopra – who has earned worldwide acclaim with her beauty and brains – turned a year older on Thursday.

Undoubtedly one of the most famous celebrities in India, Priyanka first made her mark after winning the coveted Miss World title in the year 2000.

Known for her svelte figure, superb acting prowess and singing talent, Priyanka was born to Ashok and Madhu Chopra - both physicians in the Indian Army – on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur.

The 31-year-old forayed into the Hindi film industry with ‘Andaaz’ in 2002. However, the film failed to create ripples at the Box Office. After a number of failed attempts, Priyanka gained success with Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Don’.

This fame, too, was short lived as she had to bear with a string of unsuccessful films in her kitty. The beauty queen got a major break with Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’ in which she played an over ambitious model Meghna Mathur. Her performance in the movie was appreciated by one and all, thereby, earning her the coveted Nation Film Award for the role.

The actress – who performed an item number ‘Babli Badmaash’ in ‘Shootout at Wadala’- was last seen in Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi!’. Portraying the character of an autistic girl Jhilmil to perfection, Priyanka won the hearts of one and all. The film was even nominated at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category.

At the moment, the busy starlet – who recently launched her latest single ‘Exotic’ that even features Pitbull – has highly anticipated movies like ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Krrish 3’ and ‘Gunday’ in her kitty.

Here’s wishing the sexy and talented Priyanka Chopra a very Happy Birthday!

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