Priyanka Chopra's 5 most powerful roles

Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 3:40pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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Priyanka Chopra's much awaited film Mary Kom, a biopic on boxer and Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom, will release in theatres on September 5. Over the past few years, Priyanka has emerged as one of the most talented and versatile actresses in Bollywood. Her strong acting prowess definitely balances out her failures, and she has gifted us with some wonderful performances. dna compiles a list of the strongest characters Priyanka has played in her 11-year Bollywood career.

Take a look:

Jhilmil Chatterji from Barfi

The adept actress basked in wide critical acclaim in 2012 for playing the role of an autistic woman – Jhilmil Chatterji in Barfi. Did you know Priyanka went to several mental institutions to prepare for the role? Playing a differently abled character was not just difficult but also risky, given the challenges that come with it. But PC nailed it and made Jhilmil Chatterjee a character that will be remembered for decades.

Meghna Mathur from Fashion
Supermodel Meghna Mathur in Fashion spoke of Priyanka's inner confidence and bravado. Not underplaying or overplaying her character, Priyanka balanced her role well and infused life into her role. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, the film exposes the bitter truths of the Indian fashion industry. Essaying the role of an ambitious small town girl who makes it big in the fashion industry, Priyanka's Meghna Mathur has a strong resemblance to her own ambitions and determination. 

Sonia Roy from Aitraaz
At a time when Indian actresses stayed miles away from taking the 'grey' route, Priyanka took up the risk and simply aced it. Seductive and wickedly villainous, Priyanka's femme fatale avatar in Aitraaz brought her much needed recognition. For the powerful role, Priyanka was also nominated for two Filmfare Awards – Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in a Negative Role. The film, which was released in 2004, was directed by Abbas Mustan under the production of Subhash Ghai.

Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes from 7 Khoon Maaf
One of the most powerful female characters in the history of Bollywood would be Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes from 7 Khoon Maaf, who kills seven of her husbands. For this role, Priyanka garnered appreciation from both audiences as well as critics. Co-produced by Vishal Bharadwaj, this film adaptation of Ruskin Bond's novella Susanna's Seven Husbands left no doubt about Priyanka's versatility.

Roma from Don

Priyanka enacted the already famous character of sensuous Roma (played by Zeenat Aman) from yesteryear's Don. She even learnt martial arts to perfect her role in this remake by Farhan Akhtar. She delighted audiences with the poise she portrayed the character with. She played the same character in the sequel Don 2. And in a film that has Shah Rukh Khan taking most of the screen time, Priyanka's Roma managed to pack in the right punch!


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