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Internationally acclaimed Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who made heads turn with her chic lilac dress suit at actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding on Saturday, says the day will be remembered as it stood for change and hope.
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Los Angeles: Former Miss World and renowned Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has won Favourite Actress award at the People’s Choice Awards (PCA) 2016 here for her lead role in American TV thriller series “Quantico”.

The 33-year-old, who plays the role of an FBI agent named Alex Parish in the show, was competing against actresses like Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and Marcia Gay Harden in the category.

Hollywood actor Vin Diesel presented her the award on Wednesday evening who is said to be the first South Asian actress to win the title.

“Quantico” co-writer Sharbari Ahmed posted on Twitter: “Congratulations @priyankachopra ! the FIRST South Asian Actress to win a PCA”

The popular American awards show recognises the people and the work of popular culture, where votes are given by the general public. The show is currently in its 42nd edition.

Priyanka took to Twitter to thank all for supporting her in her debut TV series after winning the award.

“I am so fortunate! Thank you to everyone who voted for me at the #PCAs! My #PCManiacs- I am nothing without you! Big love,” she tweeted alongside a photograph of herself with the trophy.

Priyanka looked stunning at the awards gala in her glittering gold and silver dress designed by American fashion designer Vera Wang. Her makeup was done by Stephanie Barnes. She posted a photograph of Barnes’s makeup station on Twitter just before the show.

The National Award winning actress, best known for her roles in films like “Andaaz”, “Aitraaz”, “Krrish”, “Fashion” and “Mary Kom”, was last seen on the silver screen as Kashibai in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2015 film “Bajirao Mastani”.

Bollywood celebrities like Nimrat Kaur and Sunny Leone later congratulated Priyanka over making India proud again.

Nimrat, who played a pivotal role in American TV series “Homeland”, tweeted: “Brilliant and so incredibly well deserved! So so proud of this tigress! A first of many more to go @priyankachopra.”

Sunny wrote: “@priyankachopra wowy wow! Congrats! Party hard tonight!”

Priyanka will soon be seen onscreen in forthcoming Bollywood film “Jai Gangaajal”, which is slated to release on March 4.(IANS)

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Priyanka Chopra Wants To Play A Man, Act On Broadway

Her next Hollywood release will be "Isn't It Romantic?" and she is reportedly in talks to star with Chris Pratt in "Cowboy Ninja Viking". For now, she is in India to shoot Shonali Bose's "The Sky Is Pink", in which she will be seen as a mother of an 18-year-old girl.

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Priyanka Chopra Has Big Plans Set For Hollywood. Flickr
Priyanka Chopra Has Big Plans Set For Hollywood. Flickr

In a film career spanning over 15 years, Priyanka Chopra has essayed diverse roles and paved her way into Hollywood like no other Indian actress has. Now she says it’s her dream to play a man and she is eyeing Broadway too.

At an interactive session for Ficci FLO here on Monday, Priyanka spoke strongly about how her “Quantico” character Alex Parrish was unapologetic for choices — something that all women need to be.

“Alex to me is an unapologetic modern female who lives life on her terms. She is extremely flawed, she’s not perfect, she’s a loner, she doesn’t like people, she only uses people… So, she’s basically playing a man, which is awesome, because girls don’t get to play that… And I was like ‘Yes, we get to turn the tables’,” Priyanka said.

“It’s my dream to be able to play a man… That’s the next thing I want to do,” added the actress, who also expressed a desire to do Broadway as she loves watching theatrical productions when she is in New York.

Priyanka Chopra Talks About Being A Modern Women. who Values Herself.VOA
Priyanka Chopra Talks About Being A Modern Women. who Values Herself.VOA

You’re already playing characters which were written for men, aren’t you, asked the moderator alluding to Priyanka’s role as the villain in “Baywatch”?

“No… I am playing modern women… Alex Parrish is a modern woman. A modern woman is an empowered woman who wants to value herself.

“The only thing she asks for is ‘let me make my own decisions without being judged for it’. That’s the freedom that men have experienced for so many years… And that’s all the women want unapologetically,” Priyanka said to an applause from an audience full of women of diverse age groups.

When Priyanka landed a chance to play Alex, she broke barriers to become the first South Asian woman to headline an American network series.

“I’ve lived in America as a child, and my biggest pet peeve then was not seeing anyone on the television who looked like me. So whenever you saw Indians in global mainstream entertainment, you always saw them in a box of the nerds, the big fat Punjabi family wedding or the shopkeeper or Apu from The Simpsons…

“Why could we not go beyond that? Why did our ethnicity define the roles we played? So, the only thing I told the people was that don’t come to me with a show based on a big Punjabi wedding, I won’t do it… I don’t want to be put in a box and I don’t want my ethnicity to define the roles I take on.”

“Quantico” had her play a half Indian, and that had nothing to do with the story.

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Priyanka Chopra Is The First South Asian Women To Play A Lead In An American Network Series. Instagram

“That for me was my biggest win. I had dug my feet in and I said I will not compromise on what I see as the future of global entertainment for people like me and South Asians. I think that gave me the confidence to dig my feet further and demand the kind of parts that I want to do,” said Priyanka.

This has continued with “Baywatch” and her other new films abroad.

“I am playing characters which have nothing to do with my ethnicity and I feel it will open the door for Indian talent or South Asian talent to become mainstream… Why do we play the sidekicks? I want to play the leading lady and I am not going to compromise on it.”

Her next Hollywood release will be “Isn’t It Romantic?” and she is reportedly in talks to star with Chris Pratt in “Cowboy Ninja Viking”. For now, she is in India to shoot Shonali Bose’s “The Sky Is Pink”, in which she will be seen as a mother of an 18-year-old girl.

Also Read: Priyanka Chopra Hopes She Opened Doors for Women of Colour to Play Lead Roles

And she doesn’t care about ‘image woes’ that a lot of actors talk about if they are to play a parent on-screen.

“Nobody can take my glamour away,” said Priyanka confidently, reminding that she not only played a mother in “Pyaar Impossible” but also a 65-year-old in “7 Khoon Maaf”. (Bollywood Country)