I am a self-made woman: Priyanka Chopra
Bohni Bandyopadhyay

SHE has achieved a lot in a few years time in Bollywood, including a National award for Best Actress, but Priyanka Chopra insists that the accolade has not made much difference to her life.

"It has made me nervous, excited and happy, but changed my life? No, not really," Priyanka said in an interview.

The 27-year-old actress, who won the honour for her role in Fashion, is one of the youngest stars in the industry to have bagged a National award.

"Iíve reached this level on my own and when people say I am one of the youngest to get this award, that feels good. People generally win a National award after a lot of experience, but I have spent only a few years in the industry. It is a great sense of achievement and pride," she added.

Nervous and excited she might be, but the award has not put any burden on the actress. Priyanka is not afraid that she would have to live up to the expectations of critics and fans now that she has won the award.

"I live life on my own terms and try to push the envelope by taking up different kinds of films. My forthcoming Anjana Anjaani is a romantic film, Saat Khoon Maaf is with Vishal Bhardwaj, then Don 2 will be an action flick. I like mixing up my roles, surprising people and myself," said Priyanka.

Although she has to look prim and proper while she is in front of the camera, the former Miss World confessed she is not fussy about her looks when she is not working.

"Looking good is part of my job, but Iím not very conscious about it. When I am not working, I believe in being natural. I donít like getting dressed all the time and wearing heavy make-up. I have very simple taste and being subtle is my mantra, be it in clothes or jewellery," said Priyanka.

Putting her first step in Bollywood in 2003 with Andaaz, Priyanka has come a long way in her seven-year-old acting career with three Filmfare awards and one National award to her credit and her career has a top priority in her life.

"My work is my priority. I donít have much of a life besides my work. I have my family beside me always and then I have my work, nothing else is important to me now," said Priyanka.

She does not have a family supporting her in the film industry but that has not stopped Priyanka from securing a top position.

"I can call myself a self-made woman, with the help of my family. I have reached here on my own, and I am very grateful and lucky to have got the opportunity to work with some great filmmakers," said Priyanka.

Besides having three films in the pipeline, Priyanka is all set to host her first TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi 2 and is also associated with a number of charitable causes.

How does she juggle among so many things? "I am a multitasker, all women are very good at it. We just have to put our minds to it. Men just cannot multitask, very few of them can. But when I do something I have to do it well. I kill myself to make sure I do it the best," said Priyanka. ó PTI