Indian Idol is, of course, the hugely popular reality show on Sony Entertainment Television.
She was studying for her HSC exam, which started on March 2, when this correspondent met her at the family's suburban Mumbai home. She was relaxed and did not look disappointed that she had missed such a huge showbiz opportunity.
She agreed she had a good chance of becoming the Indian Idol.
"I had no other option," she admits candidly, "and I would be lying if I said I did not feel sad. I was disappointed at this turn in my life, at that unfortunate time."
Priyanka with parents Ravi and Geeta, and younger sister Sneha (extreme left).
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