Actor Priyanka Chopra says she picks contentment over competition. “Every person needs to be content with the work they are doing. I am in competition with myself and not with the world,” says the 32-year-old actor, who feels that being in the showbiz was her destiny.
“I was studying to be an engineer. But I now know that this (the film industry) was my destiny, and this is my calling. I feel like a child in a china shop,” says Priyanka, who has also turned a producer.
She says this is a good time to be in films. “This is an interesting time to be in the industry. As a woman, I feel great about the fact that scripts are being written for me, characters are being sketched keeping me in mind and I am getting amazing work. Girls aren’t a prop anymore,” says the actor whose woman-centric film, Mary Kom, crossed the `100-crore mark.
And at a time when saying ‘awards don’t matter to me’ has become the ‘it’ thing in the film industry, PeeCee feels otherwise. “How you feel about awards is an individual thing. In my opinion, these are a token of appreciation for the good work that we do. I see awards as encouragement and motivation to do better than what we are doing, and as a mark of people’s faith in our work,” says Priyanka, who has also been declared the sexiest Asian woman of 2014 according to a British newspaper poll.
This is not the first time that she has won the title — she has won it earlier, too, but she says that does not take away the excitement. “It’s extremely flattering to have been voted so. For a few seconds, it made me feel wonderful about the support and faith I have from people,” says a grateful PeeCee, who has also earned many new fans through her international music stint.