Priyanka Chopra Jonas dissects her life in memoir Unfinished

LONDON – Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says spending six months at home during the pandemic gave her time to “dissect” her life.

The Hollywood and Bollywood star wrote memoir Unfinished, choosing a title she says reflects what she still wants to do with her career.

“It was more sort of introspective for me and looking at my journey now at this point in life – where I’m content and I’m confident and I’m not insecure about my past,” Chopra Jonas said.

“I was ready to sort of dissect my life with having the time during quarantine... A lot of us constantly strive to be... the best versions of ourselves and trying is all we can do. We are all in different forms of unfinished and work in progress.” 

Unfinished, out on Thursday, looks back on Chopra Jonas’ childhood and teenage years in India and the US respectively, her return to her homeland where she won Miss World India, which was a pageant her brother convinced their mother to enter her into.

She went on to be crowned Miss World in 2000, a win that launched her acting career.

“My pageants were a springboard for me, not just for my career, but as a woman,” she said.

“But at the same time, I’m also someone who believes that women shouldn’t be judged predominantly or on the way they look... And I don’t think I would do it again.” 

After success in Bollywood, Chopra Jonas, who is married to US singer-actor Nick Jonas, was cast in US television drama Quantico.

“I don’t think it was conceptually normal for American filmmakers of movies or TV shows to think that the lead of a mainstream show... could be Indian,” she said.

“So it really became my quest to sort of create those opportunities for myself and other people that looked like me.” 

Chopra Jonas, who will star in The Matrix 4, is currently in the Netflix movie The White Tiger, about the aspirations of a poor Indian driver. She also executive produced the film based on the Man Booker Prize-winning book.

“It’s really exciting for me as a producer to be able to tell stories that I want to see honestly and to tell stories that create a larger table in... Hollywood,” she said. - REUTERS