Priyanka Chopra’s long-awaited memoir, “Unfinished,” was finally published last week and received a great response from everywhere. Interestingly, the book begins with a hilarious episode in her life where she reveals why the idea for her showbiz career sprouted. And it’s sure to make everyone laugh!
As we all know, Priyanka Chopra is today a global icon. Over the past 6-7 years, she has made her mark in the West with her TV show “Quantico” and also several other films. Previously, she made it big in Bollywood. Her film career began after winning the Femina Miss India pageant followed by Miss World in 2000. What no one knew until now was that it was Priyanka’s brother Siddharth Chopra who had thought send Priyanka’s photo for submission to Femina magazine.
Priyanka reveals that one day, Siddharth told her mother, Madhu Chopra, that “didi” is 17 years old and is five foot seven. And she is pretty too. Therefore, she is eligible to participate in the Miss India Pageant, according to the criteria listed in Femina magazine. Luckily, Priyanka Chopra had just been clicked on professional photographs for a scholarship program she was about to apply for. Yet her mother relented. But Siddharth, then 10, persisted, so her mother took a chance, not expecting much.
A month and a half later, in November 1999, Priyanka Chopra received a call from a lady in Femina magazine. She was told that she had been shortlisted for the Miss India pageant and was due to be in Delhi the day after tomorrow at 8 a.m. sharp. She was told to write down the address and asked to bring her own swimsuit and heels.
Priyanka Chopra, naturally, was stunned. She had entered a local beauty pageant at the Bareilly Club and won the May Queen. She thought Femina had discovered this victory and that’s why they contacted her! It wasn’t until her mother explained the situation that she knew the real story. Priyanka eventually entered, and winning the Femina Miss India pageant was her first stepping stone to success in cinema.
However, there is more to this story. Priyanka Chopra reveals in the book that Siddharth pushed her mother to send in the nomination because Priyanka had taken her room! The actress was away in the United States for a few years for her studies. Once back, Siddharth had “been kicked out of his room.” His parents made him a makeshift room in the hallway between his parents’ rooms and hers. But that didn’t impress him. “And that’s apparently why he told mom to enter the Miss India pageant. He wanted his room back and it was a way to get me out of the house. Perfectly logical, my brother Siddharth, ”remarks Priyanka Chopra.
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