September 26, 2016 7:53:17 pm
In 2012, when Priyanka Chopra crooned In my city, her single with American rapper will.i.am, critics back home cringed. They slammed the dull number, and judged her for trying too hard, after all she didn’t have that “international swag”. Four years later, Chopra’s “swag” is all over – it rules American TV, red-carpet galas, talk shows, magazine covers and newspaper double spreads, international fashion weeks and Instagram. India’s most popular international export as of now, she is back with season two of ABC’s Quantico, exactly a year later.
Not the first and definitely not the last Indian talent to hit foreign shores, Chopra’s appeal is different from that of an Aishwarya Rai, for instance. Unlike Rai who makes her presence felt just at Cannes film festival when all of the country’s media decodes the silhouettes of her gowns and the shade of her lipstick, Chopra plays the formidable Alex Parish in Quantico. She kicks butt (literally, she picked up gloves for Mary Kom way before this show though), speaks the language in their accent, has a wild make-out session in the car, and fits the bill of the half-Indian half-American with ease. Watch the show closely, and you realise she is more American than Indian in the show, something that seems to have surprised her newfound audience in the West.
At the Emmy’s, she twirled in a red gown, chatted current favourite bachelor Tom Hiddleston; on Instagram, she poses with rapper/heartthrob Usher, another post with Hollywood star Hugh Jackman and pouts her way through New York Fashion Week; on TV, she is funny, nerdy, and goofy on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Almost like our very own Jennifer Lawrence.
Since her American TV stint, suddenly Chopra is a lot more relatable. It’s clever, the way she engages with an international audience. She leaves her Bollywood diva tag behind and approaches TV like a newbie – excited, fidgety, sassy, stylish and badass. She is all oomph on the cover of W magazine this month, a part of the 100 most influential people list of TIME magazine, and has an incredibly fun double spread in New York Post. Vanity Fair did a piece on her last year, and talk show hosts can’t have enough of her.
Also read: Quantico Season 2 Episode 1 review: Priyanka Chopra’s show is looking for answers
Quantico opened more doors for her. Have you seen the sassy photos from the sets of Baywatch, where she is the bad girl? At the same time, Chopra is producing her first-ever Marathi film, Ventilator. Is there anything she isn’t doing? Chopra’s strategy is simple (clue: work, work, work by Rihanna) and her one-line intro on Instagram says it as beautifully as possible: Nowhere to go but everywhere to be.
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