Priyanka Chopra in a sensational disclosure to a Hollywood portal has alleged that she was discriminated against on the basis of her colour in Hollywood.
A very important issue, Priyanka's comments have now gone viral in Hollywood. “It happened last year. I was out for a movie, and somebody [from the studio] called one of my agents and said, ‘She’s the wrong—what word did they used?—‘physicality.’ So in my defence as an actor, I’m like, ‘Do I need to be skinnier? Do I need to get in shape? Do I need to have abs?’ Like, what does ‘wrong physicality’ mean?” Chopra pauses. “And then my agent broke it down for me. Like, ‘I think, Priy, they meant that they wanted someone who’s not brown.’ It affected me.” Priyanka told InStyle in the USA.
"It happens at the casting level. There are not enough meaty, strong lead roles for women where we don’t have to compromise on every level just to get the best job.” That makes it harder to negotiate. Women are taught, “don’t ruffle feathers—you won’t get the next job. It’s that conditioning we need to break.” From there, one problem feeds another. “I think one of the big steps is to first of all recognize it. I see a lot of people explaining why the pay gap exists. Producers have told me, ‘Well, when you have even the biggest actress in a movie, it still doesn’t make the returns that it would if you cast a guy.’” Studios, in turn, allot smaller budgets to female-centric films, and we’re back to square one," she added.
It’s so shocking to know that an actress as established as Priyanka also faces these issues!