In my column, I take a look at the rise and current state of superstar Priyanka Chopra. We also discuss her marriage with International star, Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra Jonas: The Videshi Star

Priyanka Chopra clocks a year of supremely blissful marriage. Congratulations are in order.  Girl, you’ve come a long way! While her life does have its lows (her brother Siddharth’s marriage was broken twice just before the wedding ceremonies) she really has no reason to complain.

She married into one of America’s most respected families of entertainers.  The Jonas brothers are not only popular they are also treated as a scandal-free exemplary celeb-family in their home land.

Respectability has always been high on Priyanka’s wish list. Roles may come roles may go, but no compromising on the swabhimaan front. I remember when she was just starting out this topnotch filmmaker whom I had introduced her to, ditched Priyanka in a costume drama for a much more popular and well-known actress.

It was by all yardsticks, an unethical blow. Priyanka kept quiet. She knows when to talk. The rest of the time she stays mum.  Priyanka is fiercely protective about her family. When her father was diagnosed with a serious illness she went to work  on the sets of Rohan Sippy’s Pocket  Maar, spent the whole day  shooting with Abhishek Bachchan.

No one got to know what she was going through. A few days later when I was speaking to Abhishek I brought up the subject of Priyanka’s ailing father. He was genuinely shocked.

“She didn’t say a thing!” Abhishek told me.

That’s Priyanka Chopra (now Jonas) for you. She doesn’t reveal much of what she feels. Though she feels a lot. She is not insecure, although a lot of star wives over the years have felt deeply insecure about her and banned their husbands from working with her. The move to the West was in fact a career necessity rather than an impulsive expression of broadened horizons.

That’s Priyanka Chopra (now Jonas) for you. She doesn’t reveal much of what she feels. Though she feels a lot. She is not insecure, although a lot of star wives over the years have felt deeply insecure about her and banned their husbands from working with her

I never thought her move to West would entail an American husband. Priyanka and I had spoken on this subject when she was dating poor Harman Baweja. Priyanka was sure she would marry him. “It has to be an Indian husband for me; I am a full-on desi girl in that sense.”

It may seem like a culturally polarized marriage but Priyanka has actually married into a family with values that seem discernibly Indian. Rare as it may seem in the West, Nick Jonas and his brothers are together as a family. A joint family is a rarity in America, the Jonas’ are that rarity.

Priyanka adores the spirit of kinship shared in the Jonas parivar. She also loves babies. And I know she won’t waste time in becoming a mother in the near future.  She has voluntarily cut down on her assignments. After The Sky Is Pink she hasn’t signed any films in Bollywood either. I have a feeling Priyanka will be a mother before the other two Bollywood brides (Sonam, Anushka) of 2017-18.

As for Nick, he is the best thing to have happened to Priyanka. Devoted, caring, attentive, and open to imbibing his Indian wife’s culture even if it means being heckled by his fans in America for being henpecked. Nick is okay with that. He loves his wife to distraction. And she tries to pay him back in his own coin. Though it’s hard. Since Priyanka, like all major actresses, loves herself more than anyone else. Even her pet dog Diana.

 

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