Jamshedpur, Jharkand, India, July 18, 1982
2001 – present
Filmfare Awards; Best Female Debut, Andaaz (2004), Best Villain, Aitraaz (2005)
Chopra studied at St. Maria Goretti in Bareilly, as a young girl and later came to the United States, where she was a student at Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts and North Delta Senior Secondary School in North Delta before returning to India to complete high school at Army School (Bareilly). She began college at Jai Hind College in Mumbai but left after winning the Miss World pageant.
Beauty contest winner
Chopra was crowned Miss India World and later Miss World in 2000. In the same year, Lara Dutta and Diya Mirza, both from India, won the Miss Universe and Miss Asia Pacific crowns, in a rare triple.
When she won the Miss World crown, she became the fifth Indian woman to win the title, and the fourth Indian woman to win in a span of seven years.
After winning the Miss World title, Chopra became an actress. She first acted in a Tamil film Thamizhan (2002) and then moved on to Bollywood. In 2003, her first Bollywood film, The Hero: Love Story of a Spy released and won her good reviews. Despite being given a below average status, the film went on to become one of the highest grossing films of that year. Her next film, Andaaz opposite Akshay Kumar was a success, earning her a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.
Her next few films failed to do well at the box office. In 2004, her film, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi released and became the third highest grossing film of that year. Her first negative role in her next release, Aitraaz, a Hindi remake of the Demi Moore-starrer Disclosure won her critical acclaim and earned a Filmfare Best Villain Award. Her role also got her a second nomination for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. In the same year, she participated in a world tour aptly titled Temptations 2004 with Bollywood's leading stars, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji and Arjun Rampal.
In 2005, she had many releases, though most did not do well at the box office. In 2006, Chopra starred in two of the most successful films of the year - Krrish and Don - The Chase Begins Again.
Nikhil Advani's multi-starrer, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love was her first release in 2007. The move failed to do well at the box office. Her most recent release, Big Brother also failed to do well.
Born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to Ashok Chopra and Madhu Akhauri, both of whom are doctors, Chopra spent parts of her childhood in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Newton, Massachusetts and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her mother, a Tamil-Malayali-Kannada-Telugu from Tamil Nadu, comes from a Kayastha Bihari family settled in Jamshedpur, while her father, a Punjabi-Bengali-Marathi, comes from a family of Punjabi origin, settled in Baraeilly. She also has a brother, Siddharth, who is eight years younger than her. Since her father was in the Army, her family frequently moved.
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