It has been 20 years that Priyanka Chopra has been a part of the entertainment industry and she has had her highs and lows. She made her debut in Bollywood with ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy’ in 2003 and now she has done over 62 films in Hindi.
Our desi girl has also put India on the map in the entertainment world with showing women of colour can dominate in the West too. She has been instrumental to the change of how women have been portrayed on screen in India with films like Fashion, Mary Kom and 7 Khoon Maaf amongst the many others. Today on PC’s 38th birthday, let’s look back on a few controversies she has fallen prey to.
1- Her rumoured affair with Shah Rukh Khan
After working together in the superhit Don franchise, SRK and Priyanka were spotted together at every party and event. There were images of them exiting each other’s houses at odd hours and this stirred up many stories. Shah Rukh Khan was rumoured to have an extra-marital affair and it was said that Gauri Khan, wife of SRK, had fallouts with her husband because of the rumoured affair. Apparently, Gauri Khan’s close friend and producer Karan Johar confronted Priyanka at a party and on Twitter about these rumours. However, around the same time, Priyanka was flooded with Hollywood options and ABC entertainment gave her 26 scripts to choose from. Hence, to expand her career in the West, she decided to leave the town and fly to the USA, which made this controversy evaporate. Soon after, SRK was seen with his wife Gauri at many events and they looked extremely content.
2- Her fallout the Nirav Modi
Everyone knows about the scam involving Nirav Modi and Punjab National Bank, however, even PC had issues with Nirav Modi. Nirav Modi owned a jewellery brand and Priyanka was the brand ambassador. After the scam came out to the world, Priyanka’s team confirmed that she has terminated her contract with Nirav Modi as PC wants to be involved only with trustable brands. She later also sued Nirav Modi over non-payment of dues for an endorsement with Siddharth Malhotra.
3- Her catty comments about Kareena Kapoor Khan
Priyanka and Kareena had worked together in 2004 in a movie called ‘Aitraaz’ where Priyanka played the negative character. However, Kareena was extremely upset with it as PC got a lot of appreciation and awards for her role whereas Kareena received none. Fast-forwarded to 2010, Kareena asked Priyanka on Koffee with Karan “why does she have that accent?” To this Priyanka candidly said that “it is from the same place that her boyfriend gets it from,” pointing at her that time boyfriend and now husband Saif Ali Khan. However, they showed their friendship on the season finale of Koffee with Karan season 6 where they came together.
4- Her last-minute backing out of Salman Khan starrer ‘Bharat’
In 2018, there was a big announcement that Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra will be co-starring in Ali Abbas Zaffar’s next film ‘Bharat.’ However, after a few months, we got the news that she opted out of the project as she was going to get married to her singer boyfriend Nick Jonas. This had caused a rift between Salman and PC and Salman was angry as she opted out of such a big project. After this, we spotted Salman khan at her reception proving their cordial relationship.
5- Meeting PM Narendra Modi in a “short dress”
When Priyanka was promoting her big Hollywood film, Baywatch, she met the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event. She was clicked wearing a short dress and she got trolled mercilessly. People asked her if she forgot her ethics and culture and made her Indian fans angry. After a few days, PC’s mother Madhu Chopra cleared the air. She said that “the meeting was impromptu one and she didn’t have the time to change her clothes. She was going for her promotion event of Baywatch and just happened to meet Mr.Modi there.”