I worked hard the previous week but for once (I am very proud to say), I partied even harder! It was undoubtedly a weekend to remember, filled with recognition and new beginnings and most importantly, family and friends. It began with a girls’ night out as a pre-celebration of the National Awards and ended with a big, fat, Punjabi family reunion!
A collection of my relatives and closest friends from across the country descended on Delhi, filling the days with celebration, smiles, laughter, loads of love and lots of noise! My announcement as the host of Season 3 of Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi was the first surprise that greeted my family when they arrived in the Capital. A whirlwind of interviews followed, leading straight to the steps of Vigyan Bhawan where I was about to receive my first National Award for Best Actress.
Over 30 relatives and friends were there as I walked up to collect my award from President Pratibha Patil and other dignitaries. I kept thinking I would trip on my saree and land on top of the President, causing a scandal of international proportions! But as I started walking, the one thing that kept me steady was the resounding and collective voice of my very proud family as they cheered!
Another highlight of the evening was provided by a very sweet young boy who found me in the crowd, stood on a chair and proceeded to serenade me! I couldn’t get his name, so if you are reading this, thanks you for making me feel so special. Later that night amidst pictures and speeches, my family celebrated my success. There couldn’t have been a better end to that day!
And then, we came together to celebrate another Chopra achievement...The launch of my daddy’s first music album — a devotional music album Haal Mureedan Da Kehna — that comprises eight shabads, based on Indian classical music. It was a very proud moment for us. Music has always been a passion for dad and I am so happy that he has got the opportunity to share his talent with the world. And now, it is literally and figuratively, the dawn of a new day!
I am on the third day of my new film, Saat Khoon Maaf's shoot, directed by the talented Vishal Bharadwaj. As always, at the start of a new film and especially with this one, I am a nervous wreck. I’m looking forward to the rest of the shoot, when I’ll travel across India. It also means that I will disappear for sometime, partly because of limited connectivity and partly because I want to escape into my character and this film. Until next time, be safe, be good, do good!