Talking about Priyanka Chopra’s early days in the industry, her mother Madhu Chopra in an interview to Deccan Chronicle has revealed that PC faced difficulties in Bollywood. In fact, according to Madhu, PC lost a dozen of big projects just because she said ‘no’ to certain demands.
Madhu says, “She was just 17 when she entered the industry, so I accompanied her every minute of the day till about three years ago. So a gentleman meets her and says: ‘Will your mother sit outside while I narrate the story to you?’ Priyanka told him, ‘If it is a story that my mother can’t hear then it is a story that I cannot do.’ She walked out of that project — a prestigious one.”
Madhu further added, “Another time, a designer told her that the director’s brief was to dress her in itsy-bitsy clothes. The director had said, ‘What is the point of having a Miss World in front of the camera if we cannot show her as her beautiful self?’ Priyanka refused to do the film. Priyanka lost 10 films because she walked out of that project. But she didn’t care.”
Madhu also said that Priyanka did not face this harassment in Hollywood. Talking about Hollywood, she said, “They gave Priyanka a lot of respect. If you live on your own terms, the struggle is bigger but the outcome is sweeter too. This is my advice to every girl. Do not compromise and life will be sweeter for you.”
Currently, Hollywood is embroiled in several cases of sexual harassment where prominent names of the industry are being accused of sexual assault and misconduct.