In her fear of failure, Priyanka Chopra has got addicted to success. By Karan Bhardwaj
So the whole world is pouring in good wishes for Priyanka Chopra. After all, she has become the first south Asian to win the ‘favourite actress’ award at the People’s Choice Awards in the US for her show Quantico. For us back home, it is a great deal of revelry too as Priyanka happens to be the first Indian star to penetrate in the mainstream entertainment space in the West like never before. There have been case studies in the past, especially Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, if we consider Indian popular faces making it big abroad but Priyanka Chopra is just taking the game to whole new level. Post her adventurous music singles like Exotic featuring Pitbull and I can’t Make You Love Me, the success of Quantico simply tells us that an Indian can not only be the poster face of a global show but can also also cross seas of stardom without hiccups.
I have no hesitation in sharing that once I used to be a relentless critic of Priyanka who would see everything wrong in her way of life to appearances to choice of films. In college banters, I used to wonder what the hell she was doing in Bollywood and believed that her career would only be remembered for the fact that she had once clinched the title of Miss World. But as they say, true achievers are those who conquer critics. Today, I admire her not only for her extraordinary feat that features in domestic and international entertainment but also for her never-say-die mantra that gets her going under the toughest circumstances.
She was at work in less than 72 hours after her father’s demise. Those who have followed her personal life through media know that she was closed to her dad. That was the first time when I began to respect her for the person that she is. Workwise, she had already impressed me since Fashion.
In films, or any other field, your success depends on your ability to seize opportunities and hone your skills with each passing shot. You cannot whip yourself for criticism and should not get overwhelmed by success either. What I personally like about Priyanka Chopra is her acknowledgement of her talent and yet the strive to outshine herself. In her several interviews, she has confessed her fear of failure. That’s not fear baby, that’s call the addiction to success.
Your success in the West is just the beginning of a whole era. May there be more Priyankas in India.
Watch Priyanka Chopra’s acceptance speech next to Full House actor John Stamos (who won ‘Favourite Actor In A New TV Series’ for his new show Grandfathered) at PCA here: