When Priyanka Chopra turned Bollywood stardom into a string of high-profile roles in Hollywood, including The Matrix Resurrection and Netflix’s Citadel, she became one of the world’s biggest international stars. rice field. But while her success is certainly a testament to her talent and the moment Indian cinema is happening all over the world, she has always been open about the darker side of Bollywood acting, which ultimately inspired her. It gave me the impetus to seek opportunities elsewhere. As she says, her decision to stop making films in India was driven as much by unfair wages and uncomfortable conditions as her greater opportunities in America.
In a new interview with The Zoe Report, Chopra reflected on a particularly upsetting experience in an early film role that opened her eyes to the harsh realities of how women were treated in the film industry.
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“This could have been in 2002 or 2003,” Chopra said. “I’m going undercover and I’m seducing guys. Obviously this is what girls do when they’re going undercover. But I’m seducing guys, so you I have to take off one piece of clothes [at a time]…I wanted to wear layers [but] The filmmakers were like, ‘No, I need to see her underwear. Otherwise, why would anyone come see this movie? ”
Chopra also explained that the experience was particularly uncomfortable because the director didn’t include her in the conversation about what she was doing on screen. He just yelled at the crew as if she wasn’t there.
“He didn’t tell me that,” Chopra added. “He told the stylist right in front of me. It was such an impersonal moment. It was like, ‘I’m nothing but how I’m used, my art doesn’t matter,’ It doesn’t matter what I contribute.’”
The incident forced Chopra to leave the project after only two days of filming, rather than continue working with him. She refunded all the money her production company spent on her to make her break up completely.
“I just couldn’t see [the director] Every day,” she said.
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