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A Guide to Priyanka Chopra's Greatest Bollywood Hits

Priyanka Chopra first introduced herself to America as FBI agent-in-training Alex Parrish on ABC's Quantico. Before she was running around in surprisingly flattering khaki pants and a blue shirt as a NAT, however, she spent the better part of a decade as the reigning queen of Bollywood. To anyone who follows the Indian movie industry, Chopra appearing on a network show in the US is like Angelina Jolie suddenly announcing that she's going to star in a Mexican telenovela.


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Quantico has been a great opportunity for Chopra to properly buddy up with Hollywood — through a groundbreaking role as one of the few South Asian leads on US cable no less — but that shouldn't overshadow her work as a Bollywood star who's managed to act and dance her way into legend status. Since she first got her start in 2002, Chopra has starred in well over 40 films, which is approximately four (FOUR!) movies a year.

As Quantico heads into its midseason break, taking all of its sexy plot holes with it, it's a perfect time to get a weekly fix of Chopra through one of her many, many Bollywood films. You honestly haven't seen Priyanka Chopra at her most beautiful until you've seen her dancing in sari on a Swiss mountaintop with her perfect hair billowing perfectly in the wind. While five seasons of Quantico could air before you got through her entire Bollywood canon, here are eight to queue up before March 6th, when Chopra and her fellow NATs return to television screens for more makeout scenes with Booth (likely) and to finally reveal who the terrorist is for once and for all (unlikely).

Fashion (2008)

Fashion, which stars Chopra as a small-town-girl-turned-supermodel trying to not lose her way in the Indian fashion industry, basically solidified her place as one of Bollywood's top actresses. The female-centric film (still unfortunately not as common as it should be in Bollywood) helped Chopra win a Filmfare Award — €”Bollywood's Oscar equivalent —€” is really a story of friendships and finding oneself. If that doesn't sell you, watching the movie for the awful mid-aughts "high fashion" clothes is worth it alone. Where to watch: Netflix.

Dostana (2008)

As far as over-the-top romantic comedies go, this one takes the top spot. Chopra stars as the hot editor at a hip magazine that has three guys fighting over her, one of whom looks like this. Two of them happen to be her roommates, who are womanizing bachelors pretending be a gay couple so that they can still live with her while they each try to woo her. What could go wrong? Where to watch: Einthusan.

Mary Kom (2014)

Chopra is very good is playing female characters who kick a lot of ass. Essentially Bollywood's less depressing, more biographical version of Million Dollar Baby, this film stars Chopra as real life Indian boxer and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom who overcame an incredible number of hurdles to become an Olympian. Chopra trains hard in the film, making it great to watch if you're in need of any kind of motivation. Where to watch: Netflix.

Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)

While she plays the sister of the main character of the movie, Chopra's storyline is probably the most interesting. She has the smarts in the family! She owns her own successful travel business! She has the best closet! And she eventually drops her loser, dog-hating, controlling husband for a hot journalist. Girl power! Bonus: Most of the movie takes place on a cruise ship for added comedic value. Where to watch: Einthusan.

Gunday (2014)

Technically, Gunday is ranked as the worst movie on IMDb ”(even worse than Gigli), but don't let that fool you. The low rating is due to a social media campaign by a group of Bangladeshi nationalists unhappy with its representation of the country's history (read about the controversy here). But Chopra's turn as a badass cabaret dancer who takes no crap is phenomenal. It was one of last year's highest grossing Indian films, in part due to her ability to take a bullet while holding her own with a pair of gangsters in 1970s Calcutta. Where to watch: Netflix.

Barfi (2012)

Chopra's character Jhilmil Chatterjee —€” an autistic heiress — is perhaps the polar opposite of the sultry Alex Parrish, top recruit at the FBI academy. The movie is a touching story of love and friendship and experiencing life with disabilities. Even if you are a person who swears they don't cry during movies, it's probably best to keep a box of Kleenex within reaching distance. Where to watch: Netflix.

Don/Don 2 (2006/2011)

Chopra plays a woman hellbent on avenging her brother who was murdered by a drug lord. In both the original and sequel, Chopra knocks out a couple of great fight scenes and dance routines. There's also plenty of guns, attractive men, and international locales — all the makings of a great action film. Where to watch: Einthusan.

Bajirao Mastani (Coming December 18, 2015)

Arguably the biggest Bollywood release of the year, Chopra plays one of three lead characters in the historical romance film. The epic has a $22 million budget €— spendy for Bollywood — and is a period drama about a warrior and his two wives. Brace for unreal fight scenes, ridiculously ornate outfits, and Chopra sporting some serious nose jewelry. It hits select theaters on December 18th.

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