Priyanka Chopra debuted in Bollywood in 2003 with Hero: Love Story of a Spy which also starred Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta. Today, she has become an international superstar. After appearing as the lead in the American TV series Quantico, she has established herself as a talented actor in the West too.
The upcoming biography on Chopra, titled Priyanka Chopra: The Dark Horse, reveals that she lost out on many roles before bagging her first Bollywood project. One such film was Vijay Galani’s untitled film which was to be directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and co-star Bobby Deol. The film ended up being shelved.
At the celebration of the first shoot of the film, Chopra’s then manager Prakash Jaju convinced producer Galani to meet her in her makeup van. Galani reveals in the book, “Priyanka had just had some nasal surgery done in London where the bridge of her nose had collapsed. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I had a little bit of shooting here in Film City and then a long schedule planned in London. How could we shoot with the heroine’s nose looking the way it did?”
Galani recounts that Chopra was unfazed by it and remained confident that her nose would heal in under a month’s time, well before they planned to shoot in London. However, a month passed and her nose was still a problem. Deol seemed to be uncomfortable with Priyanka’s look and opted out of the film too. Mahesh Manjrekar’s market value too crashed owing to a series of box office flops. Galani was forced to shelve the film.
A makeup artist revealed that around this time Chopra lost out on seven to eight films for the same reason. Director Anil Sharma was also planning to replace her in Hero: Love Story of a Spy. Only after Jaju pleaded with him did Sharma agree to sign her as the second lead.