‘GEN­DER SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DIS­CRIM­I­NATE’

Says ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra; talks about civic du­ties, work, gen­der bias and more

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While Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra has been ap­pointed as the face of Haryana Gov­ern­ment’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao’ cam­paign, other ac­tors like Shruti Seth and Neha Dhu­pia had slammed Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dera Modi re­cently for his sup­port to ‘selfie with daugh­ters’, say­ing that such acts may not bear tan­gi­ble re­sults.

But Pari­neeti feels it’s wrong to blame the PM for ev­ery­thing. “I feel, the cur­rent PM is the most for­ward­think­ing and mod­ern PM we have had. And he is show­ing us the way. In­stead of slam­ming him, we need to fol­low the di­rec­tion he’s show­ing us. He didn’t elect him­self, we elected him. It’s wrong to slam the PM for ev­ery­thing. He can’t change things overnight or all alone. Il­lit­er­acy may not end in two days, but if we sup­port him, we will have things the way we want in 10 years. At least it’s a start, 20 years ago there was noth­ing. So, when peo­ple say, ‘Oh here is a prob­lem or that’s wrong’, it’s not done. As cit­i­zens, we have civic du­ties,” she says.

The 26-yearold also feels that it is un­fair to dis­crim­i­nate on gen­der ba­sis. “One could be a girl or a boy or be­long to the third gen­der, but that should not be used to dis­crim­i­nate. Why can’t we just be hu­man be­ings pur­su­ing our choices?” says the ac­tor, hop­ing that the in­dus­try inspires the na­tion to be more ac­com­mo­dat­ing. “In my three-year-long ca­reer, I was never told I can’t do some­thing be­cause I am a girl. There is pay dis­par­ity, but that’s also chang­ing,” says the ac­tor.

“When I was new in the in­dus­try, ev­ery­body was like, ‘she is Priyanka Cho­pra’s sis­ter’. Be­cause my sis­ter had proved her­self and is a su­per­star, it was nat­u­ral. But I am happy that they don’t com­pare us now, that I’ve carved an iden­tity of my own. Be­ing a star sib­ling won’t get you work. Tal­ent will. And I am glad I am be­ing recog­nised for my work,” says the Na­tional Award-win­ning ac­tor.

PHOTO: DABBOO RATNANI

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