Actor Priyanka Chopra has been teasing her followers on social media, dropping hints about #thechopravacation — a picture of passports, one in the plane with mom Madhu and brother Siddharth (inset), and another one on a sandy shore. “Mermaid under the stars… #birthdayfeels,” read one Instagram caption by PeeCee, who will be celebrating her 35th birthday on July 18 at an undisclosed, faraway “sea destination”.

A little birdie, however, tells us that Priyanka is in Maldives, and set off for this holiday at the behest of her mom. The actor’s past few birthdays were spent shooting for a film or American TV show, Quantico. “Her mother said to her, ‘You should enjoy your success and it’s good to be working, but you need time to savour it, too.’ Priyanka took that tip [seriously],” a source tells us.

While most of Bollywood headed to New York City for the glitzy International Indian Films Academy (IIFA) awards, PeeCee flew down [from the US] to India on July 13, for the launch of her Marathi production venture, Kay Re Rascala. After a brief interaction with the media the following day, the Baywatch actor took off for a secret vacation with family. “Priyanka was supposed to go to New York after the event, but got some time off and planned this week-long holiday. She will be back on July 22,” adds the source.

After she returns to Mumbai and before she jets off to NYC again, is there a birthday bash planned in Mumbai, too? “She was around for two days and she met everyone, including her team. She even went for dinners and luncheons with friends. So, not sure if there’ll be a party. If at all that happens, it’s going to be a last minute plan,” shares the source, adding that PeeCee’s resolution for this year seems to be to catch up with friends and family.

Besides being busy shooting for Quantico overseas, the actor made her Hollywood debut with Baywatch in May this year. “Just before leaving for NYC in January this year, she went to Goa with friends. Now, with this birthday trip with family, she’s catching up on all that she missed,” adds the source.

As for the brief period that PeeCee was in Mumbai, she apparently got very nostalgic. “We were waiting in the lobby before the screening of the Marathi film [that Priyanka is producing] and the moment the song, Galti se Mistake, was played, she was like ‘Oh my God, I miss all of this so much.’ So yeah, she’s still a desi girl at heart,” says the source.

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