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TORONTO: “I am the destiny’s child,’’ said Priyanka Chopra, the glamorous Bollywood actor who was in town to receive `The International Artist of the Decade’ award by Anokhi Media on its 10th anniversary in Toronto on Saturday.
Frenzied scenes were witnessed in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as crowds surged to get a glimpse of the fabulous Bollywood actor who has won several accolades for her acting, including her role as an autistic girl in the award-winning film `Barfi.’ The movie is also this year’s Indian entry into the Oscars.
The former Miss World was forthright and honest during the question-answer session on the stage with Anoki Media president Raj Girn.
When asked about her advice to youngsters, she said, “Dream big, but see that your dreams are practical and achievable. Give yourself a time period to realise the dream. If not attained, do not waste time. You must go back to what you were pursuing before.”
Asked about her entry into Bollywood, she said she never planned anything in life. It all happened to her and she feels that she is destiny’s child.
She said her first foray into stardom was winning the Miss World title, for which he mother had sent her picture.
Then movies came and she won the year’s best debutant award and there has been no stopping since then, Priyanka said.
Talking about her recent foray into music, the actress said her first album is soon going to be released worldwide in collaboration with top music labels.
Asked what was so unique about her music album, she said, “I have tried to give an eastern flavour to the western beat.’’
When she was asked about the defining moment of her life, Priyanka said, “I enjoy what I do and hence have never taken a holiday for the past six years.’’
She said she spends more time in flights than at her home, jet-lagged and tired.
The Bollywood beauty said she doesn’t like sweets at all, does not exercise, and have no special diets. But she said she is not averse to eating into a burger from Burger King which she actually did in the morning.
When asked if young people can achieve her stature, she said, “The world is my oyster, and anyone can achieve their dreams if they push themselves to limits. The globe has become so small and you can reach any place you wish to reach.’’
She said,“My family is my greatest strength. My dad is currently undergoing treatment, but he advises his darling daughter to keep running, and that the youth is the ideal time to make all your dreams come true.’’