Priyanka Chopra Jonas dissects her life in memoir

LONDON • Indian actress and producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas (photo) says spending six months at home during the pandemic gave her time to "dissect" her life.

The former Miss World wrote the memoir Unfinished, choosing a title she says reflects what she still wants to do with her career.

Chopra Jonas, 38, told Reuters in an interview: "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 Tuesday, looks back on her childhood and teenage years in India and the United States respectively, and her return to her homeland where she won a national beauty contest. It was a pageant, she explains in her book, 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 on the way they look."

After success in Bollywood, Chopra Jonas, who is married to pop star Nick Jonas, 28, was cast in American television drama Quantico (2015 to 2018).

"I don't think it was conceptually normal for American film-makers 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 on screens 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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2021, with the headline 'Priyanka Chopra Jonas dissects her life in memoir'. Subscribe