From bagging her first award for her American TV show to being one of the Padma Award winners, actor Priyanka Chopra says she is living a dream and the national honour is a result of her hardwork.
“From Dil Dhadakane Do to Bajirao Mastani to getting People’s Choice award for Quantico and now Padma Shri...I can’t explain in words what emotions I am going through. I think I am living my dream,” said Priyanka, who is currently in Montreal, over phone.
“I think it’s all the benefit of working hard. I don’t take my job for granted,” she said.
Priyanka will be conferred with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour. She became the first South Asian actor to win People’s Choice Awards (Favourite actor) for her American TV show Quantico earlier this month.
“I am happy... excited that this honour came my way. It has been a good year for me. The start has been great. I am grateful to people who have acknowledged my work. Being the daughter of an army officer, this honour makes it more special,” Priyanka said.
The 33-year-old actor said she was elated to be among the illustrious personalities from films, arts and culture field who have receive the national honour. “I am excited and happy to be in the illustrious list of people and getting the award,” she said. The actor-singer said awards are acknowledgement of an artists’ work and with honours comes responsibility to do better work.
“I think with award comes encouragement to do better and good work. There is responsibility to perform better. I am happy (that) I am acknowledged for the work that I have done,” she said.
In her career spanning over a decade now, Priyanka has given some memorable performances in films like Fashion, Kaminey, 7 khoon Maaf, Barfi!, Mary Kom and Bajirao Mastani.