Priyanka Chopra celebrates 16 years of Aitraaz:



  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ Diwali 2004 release, Aitraaz completes 16 years of its release today
  • Directed by Abbas-Mustan, the movie featured Priyanka Chopra in a negative role and also starred Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead
  • Celebrating the film’s 16-year anniversary, Priyanka took to social media and called it the boldest role she had taken that early in her career

On this day in 2004, three notable films found themselves in a three-way clash during Diwali festivities. These three films were Yash Chopra’s romantic saga Veer-Zaara starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji, Abbas-Mustan’s thriller Aitraaz starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Ram Gopal Varma’s dance-drama Naach starring Abhishek Bachchan, Antara Mali and Riteish Deshmukh.

While Veer-Zaara was a big success, Aitraaz too found some love coming its way but Naach turned out to be a disaster at the box office. In Aitraaz, Priyanka Chopra Jonas played the main antagonist and won Filmfare Award for Best Actor in Negative Role. She was only the second actress in the history of Indian cinema to win the said award after Kajol for Gupt.

As the movie completed 16 years of its release, Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram and shared a video from the film along with caption where she called it one of her boldest roles.

Tagging Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Abbas Mustan and late Amrish Puri, PeeCee wrote, “2004, one year into being an actor, I played Sonia Roy in the Abbas-Mustan thriller Aitraaz. It was by far the boldest part I had taken on, which was a big risk at the time since I was very new in the film business. I must admit I was scared as hell but the artist inside me was crying for a chance to do something interesting and Sonia was exactly that… wicked, predatory, complicated and self-serving for the most part, but also surprisingly vulnerable and emotional. I will forever be grateful to the dynamic director duo of Abbas-Mustan, not only for trusting such a relative newcomer like me for this role, but for also understanding my inhibitions and pushing me to deliver a performance to be proud of. Today, 16 years later, as I look back, Aitraaz was a game changer for me. It taught me to play my characters with conviction and not judgement. #20in2020 @kareenakapoorkhan @akshaykumar Late #AmrishPuri #AbbasMustan @muktaartsltd”.

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