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Priyanka has received awards in 2009
Priyanka Chopra honoured at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival with ĎJin Jue Awardí

Filmfare Awards: Best Actor in a Leading role (Female): Priyanka Chopra for Fashion

Priyanka Chopra Wins Stardust Award2009

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Filmfare Awards

2004: Filmfare Best Female Debut Award; Andaaz
2005: Filmfare Best Villain Award; Aitraaz

2004: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award; Andaaz
2005: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award; Aitraaz
She is the first actress who was nominated both for the Best Villain and Best 
Supporting Actress in a single year at the Filmfare Awards in 2005.

Star Screen Awards
Best Actress 2008 Priyanka win Star Screen Awards

2005: Star Screen Award Best Villain; Aitraaz

2004: Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female; Andaaz
2005: Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1, along with Akshay Kumar; Aitraaz

Zee Cine Awards

2004: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut; The Hero: Love Story of a Spy & Andaaz
2005: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role; Aitraaz

International Indian Film Academy Awards

2004: IIFA Star Debut; Andaaz 
2005: IIFA Best Villain Award; Aitraaz 

Stardust Awards

2004: Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award; The Hero: Love Story of a Spy 
2005: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female; Mujhse Shaadi Karogi 

2006: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female; Waqt: The Race Against Time 

Global Indian Film Awards

2007: GIFA Awards, Windows Live Search & Movie Talkies Most Searched Actress

Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards

2004, Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress (Hindi Movies); Aitraaz 

Other Awards
2007: Star's Sabsey Favorite Kaun Awards Sabsey Tez Sitara 
2007: POGO Awards Most Amazing Actress; Krrish 
2007: AIFA Awards Best On-Screen Beauty; Krrish 
2007: Northern India Film Journalist Association Best Leading Lady

2006: Style Diva of 2006
2006: Sexiest Asian Women
2007: Kelvinator's Gr8 Women Awards: Contribution to Indian Cinema

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My typical Sunday is spent: Shooting. Most of the time, that is. When I get a Sunday off, I sleep and wake up late. Sleeping is never a waste of time because while sleeping, I plan my day. Iím a thinking sleeper.

My ideal Sunday breakfast: I am a complete breakfast girl. A Sunday breakfast could include something continental like fried eggs and bacon or Indian like paranthas with white butter. It depends on my mood on that Sunday morning. I like to have a hearty lunch too. Iím a total foodie.

Sunday is family time: If Iím free on the day, I donít move out of my house.

On Sunday evenings: I visit a friend, or catch a movie with a dear friend (donít ask with whom) or maybe go for a family dinner. Ideally, Iíd rather stay home. It takes a lot to get me out.

Dressing up in full splendour on a Sunday is a must. Thankfully Iím in the right profession to dress up. Thereíre times when I slip into a pyjama and a t-shirt to go for a drive. But ideally, even when I go to the mall I dress up.

My best Sunday ever was in Miami. I was shooting for a Karan Johar film when my entire family ó my nani, mother and cousins flew down to be with me there. My apartment was brimming with people. We got up late, ordered breakfast in bed, went out to a mall, hung out till late at the beach, had dinner out. There was no agenda, no looking at the watch anxiously. It was the way Iíd like all my Sundays to be.

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40 Questions: Priyanka Chopra

 Are you a good liar? 
Iím a lousy liar and I get caught very easily. My mother says I have a very transparent face. 

Whatís going on in your mind right now? 
My brotherís 9th grade project on Pakistan. Since weíve chosen a topic as controversial as Pakistan, we have to do some thorough research. Weíre busy scanning the Net, poring over the Encyclopaedia Britannica and going through old issues of news magazines. Iím loving it. 

Who pops the question to you in David Dhawanís Mujhse Shaadi Karogi? 
Both Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan ask me to marry them. Iím the common love interest between the two guys. 

Have you ever been in a love triangle in real life? 
Yes Iíve been part of a love triangle. It is extremely flattering to have two guys wooing you simultaneously. 

How come Akshay Kumar and you pair up together so often? 
Post Andaaz, people just came up to me with projects opposite Akki. Waqt, Aetraaz and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi are all big banner films and they have fantastic roles for me. Iím not going to give them up just because Akki is the leading man in them. 

Could you tell us three things about Salman Khan? 
Heís misunderstood, intelligent and a good actor. 

Does your mind rule your body or is it the other way around? 
My heart rules my mind and my body. I try to behave like this confident, worldly-wise girl who has a mind of her own. But eventually, it is my heart that takes over. 

Which is the way to a manís heart? 
Well, most people say it is through his stomach. But I donít think thatís true. According to me a man likes a woman who is sincere, coy and wild all rolled into one. Youíve also got to be honest. Though I donít think you should put all your cards on the table. A man also likes an element of mystery in a woman. 

What scares you the most? 
Losing my mind. Losing memories. I truly cherish memories. And Iím petrified I will wake up some day and not be able to remember the moments gone by. I donít drink and I will never take any intoxicating substance because Iíd hate to lose my mind even for a brief while. 
But losing my heart is something I look forward to. 

What was your first kiss like? 
It was so fleeting it didnít even register. 

What is your idea of romance? 
Mush, mush and more mush. Iím blinded by this idealised Mills and Boon romance. 

Would you give in to pure lust? 
I donít believe in pure lust. 
There has to be some degree of emotion or nothing lustful can happen. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Iím very emotional, hyper-sensitive and I think too much. I try to find reasons for everything. If someone is even vaguely rude to me I go into a blue funk and I start thinking Iím not good enough. I wish I were tougher. 

How old were you when you first fell in love?
Love! Iím fascinated by this four-letter word. Iím still trying to find my own interpretation of love. I was definitely infatuated when I was 17. But I donít know about love. 

Does commitment scare you? 
No. Iím actually looking forward to it but Iím not yet ready for it. It is the fear of failing in that commitment that scares me. 

When did you last feel utterly insignificant? 
I was shooting at the Rohtang Pass near Manali recently and I was standing on this one peak all by myself. Around me was an expanse of land that seemed endless, a grandeur Iíd never seen before. 
I looked below and saw a river. A 70-plus man was trying to cross it along with a child on a mule. From the way the boy was coughing and sneezing, I guessed he was unwell. Next, I saw the old man take off his own woollen cape and wrap the child in it. 
It was a freezing 3¡C, but the man braved the cold just so that he could keep the boy warm. Watching this scene made me feel utterly insignificant. At that point I felt I hadnít done enough for anyone in life. 
We are such a small part of the Universe and yet we like to play God. Also, weíre constantly harping about I, me and myself. Thatís so sad. We need to really go out there and do our bit. 

What is the cutest thing about you? 
My giggling. I break into peals of laughter very often. At times, I donít even know why I do it! 

What was your pet name in school? 
I had two pet names. My parents called me Mimi, after a French actress. Actually my pet name was Mithu but I couldnít pronounce it as a child so Iíd introduce myself as Mimi. And because of this actress they liked, Mimi it was. But in school I was called Sunshine. All my notebooks had my name as Priyanka aka Sunshine. 

 What do you joke about? 
About myself. About anything. Iím quite the joker in my family. 

Could you tell us three unknown facts about yourself? 
One: Iím a complete homebody. Iím happiest with my family around me. When I was in Manali for a 40-day schedule this summer, my entire khandaan from Ambala and Chandigarh visited me. We rented out a bungalow and had a gala family reunion. 
Two: I hate partying. Iím from a conservative background. People may probably not be able to accept that because of what I do in my movies. But movies are a job and Iím very different from the public perception that people have of me. Iím not the Priyanka people saw in Kismat, Andaaz or any of my other movies. 
Three: I love poetry. Both English and Urdu. My favourite poets are Emily Dickson, Faiz Saab and Ghalib. 

Is God inside or outside us? 
God is both inside and outside us. He is inside us because we derive our energy from Him. He is what I identify as my conscience that guides my actions. He is outside us when weíre going through a crisis and He paves the path for us to follow. 

Which has been the most memorable phone call of your life? 
The one telling me I was selected for the Femina Miss India contest. I was at home alone, studying for my board exams. In between my studies Iíd taken a short break, switched on the television and was watching the climax of Mera Naam Joker. I had tears streaming down my cheeks when the phone rang and I didnít even want to pick it up. 
When I did, the lady at the other end said, ĎHi, Iím Ila calling from The Times Of India. You have been selected to participate in the Femina Miss India contest. Please come to Delhi in the next three days, bring a swimming costume, high-heeled shoes and donít wear any make-up. See you then.í And the line went click. I hadnít gotten a word in sideways but I was terribly excited. 

Which is your most treasured possession? 
The folder in which I jot down lines from poetry that has impressed me. Or the sher-o-shaiyiri that I write. I donít share my poems, theyíre not for public consumption. 

When did you last laugh till you cried? 
When violins played every time Shah Rukh Khan spotted Sushmita Sen in Main Hoon Na. I think it was the cutest, funniest, most romantic thing I saw and I laughed so much I had tears in my eyes. 

Which is the best place to be? 
Home. Everyone reading this piece will think Iím a sucker for my home. But when you do a job that requires you to travel 300 out of 365 days, then you really value being at home. Even out of the 60 days that one is in Mumbai, one gets just five to six full days at home. 

Which item of clothing has shaped your identity? 
The sari. Ever since I was a child, I would steal my motherís sari and try to drape it. Today I can wear a sari in two minutes flat. Whenever Iím stuck about what I should wear to a function, I pick out a sari. It can flatter a great figure and hide a bad one. 

What colour is Sunday? 
White. Sunday is like a blank canvas. It has endless possibilities. One can do so much with it. 

Are you short-tempered? 
I donít lose my temper too often. But when I do, all hell breaks loose. I must also confess that my temper lasts only five to 10 minutes. Once I have finished yelling, Iím back to normal. 

If you had to make one apology, what would it be and to whom? 
Iíd say sorry to all those people in the industry whom I may have hurt. One isnít always thinking straight and as a result one may have ended up hurting someone. I think of the industry as my family. It provides me with my bread and butter. Itís my passion. 

Do you have it in you to kill someone? 
I can kill a mosquito. Thatís about it. The truth is that I canít handle the sight of blood. But, I guess if someone I love is threatened, then the killer side of me would surface. 

What are you most terrified of being remembered as? 
As Satan personified, a bad child or as a failure. 

How do you rate yourself as a dancer? 
On screen Iíd give myself a 6 on 10. Off screen, a 10 on 10 perhaps. 

How important is money to you? 
I know the value of money because there were times in our family when we didnít have it. 
When my school satchel tore, my parents would send me to the cobbler to get it mended instead of buying me a new one. Without going into too much detail, I can say we have seen good and bad times. I definitely believe in saving for a rainy day. 

What is your view on same-gender sex? 
I donít know whether I can relate to it or accept it yet. I donít even know if I can understand it. But Iím very much for gay rights. And freedom of choice must be respected. We live in a liberal world and I think everyone has a choice to love/live with whom they want. But I donít know if I can handle seeing it. 
If I saw a gay couple, Iíd definitely go, ĎWhoa, what was that!í 

What do you think of pornography? 
Pornography is an ĎOnly for adultsí issue. There has to be very strict censorship for it. It is something you watch behind closed doors. As parents youíve got to make sure you keep it out of reach of your children. 

What keeps you sailing in a crisis? 
The strength I derive from my family. My mother always tells me, if you go out and shoot someone, you can come back and tell us and weíll deal with it together. Thatís how close-knit we are. 

 Ever been caught red-handed? 
I was in summer school in New York and I needed to get my grades up. I was slightly lazy about my projects because it was vacation time. And I had this kid in school who was crazy about me. He was not a great looker but he was fabulous with Math. I made him do my summer project and guess what? As luck would have it he submitted the project in his handwriting and my teacher caught me on it. 
My parents were really upset. Till then theyíd been really proud of me because I was good at studies. 
I was 16 then and I swore I would never resort to cheating again. 

Which lyrics truly mean something to you? 
There is this ghazal which goes, Jaane kya dhoondti rehti hain yeh aankhen mujhme, raakh ke dher mein shola hai na chingaari hai. Itís from the movie Shola Aur Shabnam. Mohammed Rafi has sung Kaifi Azmiís lyrics, tuned by Khayyam. I keep humming the song all the time. 

Could you tell us about your most romantic date? 
Well, I call it my romantic date because it was my motherís birthday and the guy I was seeing organised a private dinner for my mother, him and me. There was also a band playing and he belted out the number Careless whispers which is a personal favourite of both my mumís and mine. 
He was a real bad singer but I loved the thought behind the whole thing. He also gave me a CD with all my favourite numbers on it. And he had linked each song to some trait in my personality. Which I think is the most romantic thing anyone can do. 

Which is the best way to say good-bye? 
Donít say it.

                            I am a student in senior year at college. My
                               future ambition is to become a clinical
                               physiologist. I can sing the gospel. I love R & B
                               Music and Salsa and love to listen to Indian
                               Music. Dancing comes naturally to me. I joined
                              classes for contemporary dance and can do the
                               North Indian Folk dance with gusto. I write
                               poetry although none of my work has been
                               published except in school magazines. I enjoy
                               reading especially biographies and writing short
                               stories for children. I am on the board of
                               Thalassaenic Children, being associated with
                               pulse polio programme and the Aids awareness
                               programme, where I have participated in street
                               plays and group lectures. I love hiking and travel
                               where I am one with God's beautiful creations. I
                               speak Hindi and English

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It is the day after the show and the reality of having won the Femina Miss India-World 2000 crown hadnít yet sunk in for Priyanka Chopra. There simply hasnít been time enough for that. 

Like the other two winners, she is being shuttled from shoot to shoot, interview to interview. Free time is yet to come and whatever she can grab of it, she wants to spend with her family, eager to show them the gifts she has received. 

For Priyanka, participating in this contest was born of the desire to experience everything she possibly can in life. So that meant not sitting back, satisfied with the laurels of being among the 26 contestants. She would practice answering questions drafted by her mother, and during rehearsals, when Mum wasnít around, the chaperones had to fill in. 

Now, being chosen as one of the best in a tough, tough competition makes her feel "on top of the world". She says, "I know that whatever you want in life, someone else wants too. You have an equal right to it and with hard work you can achieve it." Her sense of achievement and elation is now strong enough to banish any signs of exhaustion. 

It was a long, hard road that began many, many months earlier. 

The wheels of change were put in motion the day her parents sent in her photographs. For a girl with no modelling experience, and one who admits to being emotional and erratic, Priyanka learnt fast. 

Unlike many of the contestants, Priyanka didnít dream of being a Femina Miss India. On the one hand, she wanted to do drama and music, on the other she wanted to be a child psychologist. But winning the crown has thrown up new dreams even as it has instilled a sense of responsibility. She says, "I am looking forward to my new role because now I feel a sense of purpose." She confides sheís always had an urge to reach out to people. Sheís worked with children in day care centres and in the slums where her mother does charity work for the ill and aged. She says, "Winning the crown and being a celebrity expands my reach. And I want to do something to improve the literacy rate in this country." 

Closer to home. 

Recently, Priyanka spent a year studying in the US. She says, "In India, we respect tradition, morals and values. In the US, it is different, their rules and values are different and individualistic. Neither culture is better and both have had a positive impact on my life." 

Now, as a second year engineering student in Bareilly, she says, "It wasnít much of a culture shock coming back home to India and settling down in Bareilly. My strong point is my adaptability, thanks to my army background. We had to move regularly and each new place required adapting. Now, it comes naturally to me." 

When she returns to Bareilly, Priyanka will be welcomed with open arms. She says, "Dad told me that the Commissioner is busy organising a city gathering to welcome me back home and I feel quite strange about all this." Sheíll get used to it, you tell her. Going for adventure sports like rock climbing and bungee jumping. The latter, more than once. For which, she laughs, "Youíve got to be crazy!" Little consolation for her mother.

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