Priyanka Chopra on losing a film due to her skin colour: They said I had the ‘wrong physicality’

Updated: April 11, 2018 2:51:51 pm

Priyanka Chopra made her Hollywood debut last year with Baywatch, opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd “A producer-director said to me, ‘Well, you know how it is in these big tentpole movies with the big boys. I’m conversational. Related News
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Priyanka said the only way to change things is to trust women with stronger roles and bigger budgets. Do I need to get in shape? In an interview with the international magazine InStyle, the Bollywood star, who is ruling American television with her hit ABC series Quantico, spoke about remuneration, the gender divide and how her skin colour cost her some meaty roles. In America, everyone is so worried about being liable that they don’t want to say anything wrong, but they end up doing it anyway.”
Priyanka Chopra in a still from Quantico where she plays the character of Alex Parrish. So, when I talk money, I’m not going to be asking for ridiculous amounts that I might not be able to bring back. “I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. I’ve been told straight up if it’s a female role in a movie with big, male actors attached, your worth is not really considered as much,” she added. However, she still faces payment disparities. Priyanka also made a solid Hollywood debut last year with Baywatch, opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. She revealed in the interview that a role which was written for a male actor ultimately landed in her lap. “In America, we don’t talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. Priyanka, Kareena, Manushi show how to ace the lookPriyanka Chopra might be a global icon today, but her brush with pay disparity in two of the world’s biggest entertainment industries continues. Priyanka Chopra in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, one of her last Bollywood films in 2015. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, 8 bucks. She said despite having a strong role, the lead actors take away a major share of the money. “I’m a producer, so I understand how much of an asset, as an actor, I would be on a project… I don’t negotiate—I make my [agent] negotiate. Do I need to have abs?’ Like, what does ‘wrong physicality’ mean? That’s step one.