A Book on Priyanka Chopra called The Dark Horse is out now.
A Book on Priyanka Chopra called The Dark Horse is out now which is written by Bharathi S. Pradhan and published by Om Books International.
About The Book:
Every time the odds were stacked against her, she beat them to keep emerging the winner. Turning every adversity into an adventure of triumph, Priyanka Chopra made her own rules, set a template for success.
The riveting inside story of a consistent winner, narrated by the best names in show business, The Dark Horse goes backstage to see how some of her finest works were filmed. And how an unknown girl from Bareilly went on to put India on the global entertainment map.
Her life is a Master Class in Winning.
A stimulating, compelling read by best-selling author Bharathi S Pradhan.
The world at her feet – After beginning as the underdog at the Miss India contest back home, Priyanka won the Miss World 2000 title at the Millennium Dome in London. “I won and my life completely changed. Arre, how did this happen?” she exclaimed. It was soon studios and shoots instead of studies and books
My time or yours? Aseem Merchant, her first steady boyfriend in Mumbai. He was with her when she went through the highs and sighs of the world beauty pageant. And she stood by him when he faced tragedy at home
The seductress at work – Priyanka took the risk of playing a man-stalking vamp in Mukta Arts’ Aitraaz which turned out to be a winner on all fronts. Apart from being a commercial success, it marked the arrival of a very competent actress who was unafraid to experiment with her roles. Aitraaz played a huge part in fetching her the lead role in Krrish, a plum assignment opposite heartthrob Hrithik Roshan. Interestingly, Aitraaz was directed by Abbas-Mustan who had once replaced Priyanka with Ameesha Patel in their film Humraaz
The ‘Desi Girl’ tag stuck to her after she did that swinging number in Dostana. ‘Desi Girl’ was her calling card when she went West with her single ‘Exotic’ with Pitbull
The 7 Lives of Susanna – Priyanka picked up the challenge of playing a woman who murders seven husbands in 7 Khoon Maaf, a film in which she aged and turned downright ugly too. “Every actor must work at least once with Vishal,” she enthused about her director
Her fearless foray into downplaying her glamour to be in character won her the admiration of co-star Neil Nitin Mukesh who played one of her seven husbands in the film
Me Marathi – After she lost her father to cancer, Priyanka and her mother Madhu set up a film production house, Purple Pebble Pictures, in Mumbai, with the actress calling the shots long distance from the US. Straddling two continents, she astonished her colleagues by backing small-budget regional cinema in a big way. She came up trumps with the Marathi film Ventilator which Rajesh Mapuskar wrote and directed for her company. Priyanka also had a coach in New York to teach her to pronounce the lyrics of ‘Baba’, a song she sang in Marathi and dedicated to her late father.
“Till you venture into the unknown, how do you arrive anywhere? Priyanka is that person who enjoys an opportunity, who gives her all to an opportunity, so they never stop coming to her, they keep coming to her”
-Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Director
“She, I assume, was taught by her parents to never allow herself to be seen as needy or dependent or weak… Priyanka has been unmistakably primed from her childhood to be where she is today”
-Hrithik Roshan, Actor
“Put Priyanka Chopra in any part of the world and she’ll survive, she’s a fighter”
-Madhur Bhandarkar, Director
“She always knows where she’s going. She talks to herself every day about where she’s headed”
-Anurag Basu, Director
About The Author:
Mumbai-based columnist, critic and author Bharathi S. Pradhan combines her insider knowledge with racy writing skills to bring authenticity, readability and credibility to her works.
Anything But Khamosh, her authorized biography of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha was an overnight best-seller, her debut novel Valentine Lover went into several reprints and her inspirational books Heartfelt A Real Life Story and Colas, Cars & Communal Harmony have fetched her rave reviews. She has also penned Mr. Bidi, the biography of a bidi king.
Bharathi has edited several magazines including Movie, Savvy (as Consulting Editor), Star & Style, Lehren and Showtime besides writing for a variety of publications like Femina, Reader’s Digest and Mid-day. She has served on the jury of many prestigious awards committees, ideated for Balaji Telefilms and been Chairperson of the National Awards for Best Writing On Cinema.
A popular panelist on TV debates, Bharathi currently reviews films for Lehren TV and other digital platforms and is a Sunday columnist with The Telegraph.
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