Person of the Week: Priyanka Chopra


Person of the Week: Priyanka Chopra

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


lmost every wedding in the next year or so has to account for two visitors who show up while the bride’s uncle is halfway through cleaning melted kulfi off his jacket. I am talking, of course, of the greatest East-meets-West mash-up since Bride and Prejudice, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Known to frequent observers as the “#Prick”, this new species of the “odd couple” family, has entertainment journalists coughing up blood in excitement, and Indian men planning their revenge against the White Man on YouTube.

Prick – or Joyanka, if you prefer Bengali-sounding hashtags – was last seen at the pre-engagement ceremony of one of the Ambani kids. The sighting was enough to create a furore: Priyanka’s flaming red saree was all it took for some to call to announce “Red Alert”. It was the kind of event a country like Rwanda would spend its entire GDP on, and movie stars wouldn’t dare catch themselves “dressed like that” at.