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Actress Priyanka Chopra, whose upcoming biopic on boxing champion Mary Kom has generated a lot of interest, said that women-oriented roles are still not welcome in Bollywood.
“Mary Kom is a film obviously about Mary Kom. First and the foremost, women-centric roles are not welcomed in Bollywood,” Priyanka said while interacting with the students of Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad here as part of the film’s promotion.
“While I was coming here, everybody was telling me that you are doing a fabulous woman-oriented film. When you get to watch PK or Kick do you say that ‘I am going to watch a male-oriented film’. Nobody says that,” the actress said.
Mary Kom is biopic on the Manipur-based pugilist who has been a five-time world boxing champion and also an Olympic bronze medallist.
During her interaction with students, Priyanka stressed the need to weed out gender bias from Bollywood.
“Things will change for women in Hindi film industry the day when we go and watch a movie after seeing its trailer, without having any gender bias in our minds,” she said.
Priyanka said that in a male-dominated society, talent of women is not getting recognised in contrast to their male counterparts.
Directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival which will be held from September 4 to September 11.