This Article is From Apr 13, 2016

Sania Mirza Signaled to Priyanka Chopra Through the Padma Awards

Priyanka Chopra in conversation with NDTV.


  • Priyanka Chopra said that she needs to 'buy a plane, not a house.'
  • She received the Padma Shri in a ceremony in Delhi on April 12.
  • In Bollywood, she was last seen in Prakash Jha's Jai Gangaajal.
This year, Priyanka Chopra has filmed Quantico, been cast in Baywatch, presented an Oscar, starred in Jai Gangaajal AND received a Padma Shri - and it's only April. Despite having been all but claimed by Hollywood, the 33-year-old hasn't entirely abandoned her home country - she was in New Delhi to collect her Padma Shri and told NDTV's Vikram Chandra that she really needs to buy a plane of her own, not a house.

"I do live on a plane. Completely. I need to buy a plane instead of a house," said Priyanka.

But make no mistake, no amount of frequent flyer miles will displace India from heart. "Home is always India. Home Will always be India. I am never confused about that. But where my house is, yes. I am, I go where my work takes me. I've conceded to the fact that I am destiny's child, I think, and my work takes me places that no man's been before," Priyanka said, "But I really miss home. It's very hard to go to a different country. It's like being in college."

She may have won the West but receiving a Padma honour made Priyanka nervous. For one, she was afraid she'd trip over herself and fall on President Pranab Mukherjee (save it for the Oscars, Priyanka - Jennifer Lawrence has been there, done that).

Luckily, she had help in the form of tennis star Sania Mirza, who received the Padma Bhushan. "We were separated - the Shris, the Bhushans, the Vibhushans," said Priyanka - so communication with Sania had to be via hand signals.

Breathe, Sania telegraphed across to Priyanka. "The whole time Sania Mirza was sitting across from me, and just before I sat down, I told her that I was very nervous. So the whole time, I was only looking at her and she was like fix sari, fix hair. This that, delicate. So when I got up, Sania was like * breathe * - so then I got up like that very nicely. And then I did my thing. I was only nervous that I'll trip and fall on the President. But I always feel like this. When I was getting the National Award also, I thought I'll trip and fall on President," Priyanka said. (Also Read: Does Priyanka Chopra Wear the Red Swimsuit in Baywatch? Answer Here)

Priyanka Chopra now returns to USA to film Baywatch with a cast headlined by Dwayne Johnson.