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Priyanka Chopra: I don't know how I will live up to it..

Priyanka Chopra

By HT

Mumbai, Jan. 28 -- Priyanka Chopra was recently chosen as one of the recipients of the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

The actor, who literally woke up to the news in Canada, says she was shocked. "It feels amazing," says the 33-year-old, who is not only a household name in India, but has also come into her own in the US.

Apart from becoming a Padma award recipient, Priyanka also bagged the People's Choice Award in the US earlier this month. She has been getting other film awards in India as well, and she is also speculated to become the new face of the Incredible India campaign.

Apart from that, she has several other international announcements lined up. "It's been quite a wonderful January. I don't know how I'll live up to it," she says, adding, "I have a few interesting things planned. I'm doing a lot of work in India and America. As soon as they get figured out, I'll be able to announce what I am doing next. At the moment, a lot of things are being figured out."

The Bollywood actor largely owes her international success to her ongoing TV series. Ask her what her opinion of Indian television is, and she says, "Indian TV had its phase just a little while ago when so many TV serials and shows started doing so well. Then reality TV shows came in; Indian television has also had its moments. American television wasn't always like this. TV goes through phases," says Priyanka, adding, "I think that it's a process of what the consumer wants to watch, and television provides exactly what is in demand. I am sure the process will be figured out by people who do their jobs the best. American television is going through its golden phase right now. I am happy to be part of it."

For Priyanka Chopra, managing work in India and America has been nothing short of a crazy experience. "I'm grateful that I have been able to manage it. It is very difficult. It involves a lot of sleepless nights, crazy schedules and many other things. I've got to give credit to my teams in both the countries for handling this," she says.

While the actor literally lives out of a suitcase most of the time, ask her if she gets any time for herself in the midst of her busy schedule, and she says, "When I do, I just lie down on my bed and watch movies with my mum. She came [to the US] for the People's Choice Awards, and then stayed back because so many things kept happening. So, we just watch movies together whenever I get a weekend off, which is rare; it's good to have her here."

Interestingly, the actor says she hasn't noticed a world of a difference in the working styles of both Indian and American entertainment industries. "I have seen the same chaos in film-making everywhere, whether it's in India or America. The chaos is still the same. To me, the difference lies mainly in the language. There's so much love and affection that goes into making a film in both these places. Culturally, of course, both the countries are different, but to me, if you know your job, whether it's in India or America, you're given a lot of encouragement. And I've only experienced that. Of course, there are trials and tribulations in everything you do, but it has been a wholesome experience for me," she says.