Priyanka Chopra, who has conferred the Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee at an investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday, says Indian awards are very important for her.
The 'Mary Kom' actress, who has garnered international recognition through her stint in the American TV series 'Quantico', also added that her late father Ashok Chopra would have been "very proud" of her.
Asked even though she has created waves internationally, how much importance does an Indian award is for her, Priyanka told IANS: "Very important...First of all being from a defence family, this means a lot. My father would have been very proud. Getting an acknowledgement for my job is an another feeling all together...It's an incredible feeling."
The 'Bajirao Mastani' actress is currently busy with 'Quantico' and her first Hollywood film 'Baywatch' with actors Dwayne Johnson and Efron.
Priyanka says she has left days of shooting for coming back to India, and also praised her the international team for understanding the importance the award is for her.
"Two days of shooting were put on hold to come here. Now the entire cast will work on Saturday because I had to come here. They (international team) never work on weekends, but they understood how important it was for me," she said.