5 Indian Females Who Proved To Be Global Citizens In 2016
As India rises to being a superpower with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs, the women of India too have left no stone unturned to put India on the global map. Today we take a look at five women who have become global citizens with their fine performances in different fields.
Priyanka Chopra: One of the most talked-about actresses this year, Priyanka Chopra is known for constantly reinventing herself with every role she takes up. She is the voice behind the popular single In My City, in which she paired up with rapper will.i.am to create a rocking party number. The single broke records by selling over 130,000 copies in India itself within its first week of release. The Miss World 2000, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights since 2010, added another IIFA to her kitty for her spectacular performance as Kashibai in her latest outing, Bajirao Mastani. The hardworking and multi-talented actress also starred in the popular American television series Quantico, which saw her play an FBI Agent. For her role in the series, she earned the People’s Choice Awards this year, making her the first South Asian actress to win the award.
Deepika Padukone: The Bangalore beauty, who began her career in 2007 with Om Shanti Om opposite Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan, has been a part of some wonderful films in the last year alone, such as Piku, Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani, all of which earned her accolades for her brilliant performances. She received several awards for Piku and nominations for her last film Bajirao Mastani in which she played Mastani, the stunning second wife of historical figure Peshwa Bajirao I. Now Deepika is all set to dazzle the world with her latest venture, her first Hollywood film xXx: Return of Xander Cage in which she plays the female lead opposite Vin Diesel. She is also preparing for her third venture with noted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali in a period film titled Padmavati.
Gauri Shinde: The curly-haired writer and filmmaker who tasted commercial success with her first directorial venture English Vinglish, won a number of awards for Best Debut Director, including IIFA, TOIFA, Filmfare and Zee Cine Awards. The film, which was showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for the Oscars as well, was based on Gauri’s mother, who ran a pickle business, but spoke only Marathi. Her mother’s lack of knowledge of English was seen as a constant source of embarrassment to Gauri when she was a child, who made the film as an apology to her mother. Her second and latest film Dear Zindagi which released this November, also became a huge hit and is purported to have crossed the 55 crore-mark within the first 5 days of its release. The story of a girl who suffers from depression, insomnia and other mental disorders has been breaking many stereotypes about mental illnesses and is grabbing eyeballs all over the world.
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PV Sindhu: The 21-year-old professional badminton player really hit it hard at this year’s Summer Olympics and became the first Indian female participant to win an Olympic silver medal. The young player beat top world players such as World No. 3 Nozomi Okuhara and World No. 2 Wang Yihan to play the final against World No. 1 Carolina Marín. Currently ranked World No. 10, PV Sindhu has been gearing up for the upcoming Premier Badminton League (PBL), which is to be held in early January 2017.
Deepa Malik: Another Indian woman who has been making waves at the International Olympics is Deepa Malik, who is the first Indian woman to win a medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The Indian player won the silver medal in short put and is currently ranked World No. 2 in short put and World No. 3 in discus and javelin. Besides being a motor sports enthusiast, she is also an avid swimmer and has won all three national records in S-1 Swimming Category (Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Free Style).