BOL­LY­WOOD, HOL­LY­WOOD NEEDN’T BE COM­PARED: PRIYANKA

The ac­tor, es­tab­lished in both the in­dus­tries, says that each should look in­side their own house and de­cide what needs clean­ing up

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Bol­ly­wood A-lister Priyanka Cho­pra is one of those few In­dian ac­tors to have truly made her space in Hol­ly­wood. The TV show Quan­tico, with which she made her name in the West, is ex­pected to end with its third sea­son, but Priyanka is on board for two more Hol­ly­wood films, fol­low­ing her role of a sassy vil­lain in Bay­watch (2017). In Bol­ly­wood, she’ll be seen next in Bharat, with Sal­man Khan.

Be­ing so well es­tab­lished in two of the world’s big­gest en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries, she knows them in­side out, but when asked what Bol­ly­wood and Hol­ly­wood can learn from each other, the 35-year-old ac­tor has an un­con­ven­tional an­swer. “I don’t think we need to learn any­thing from each other. I think we need to con­form ac­cord­ing to what’s re­quired for the peo­ple who’re work­ing in the in­dus­try within that coun­try. If you’re talk­ing about pay par­ity and [sex­ual] ha­rass­ment... [then] for ex­am­ple, [the lack of] pay par­ity hap­pens in both coun­tries, but the dif­fer­ence is that I see in Bol­ly­wood it’s said more bla­tantly, but [in Hol­ly­wood] it’ll be said in a more round­about way, be­cause no­body wants the li­a­bil­ity or the re­spon­si­bil­ity that they’re say­ing this,” says Priyanka, whose up­com­ing Hol­ly­wood films in­clude A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Ro­man­tic.

The ac­tor em­pha­sises that Bol­ly­wood should fo­cus on im­prov­ing it­self, re­gard­less of what hap­pens in Hol­ly­wood. “We need to look in­side our own house and de­cide what we want to clean up. [We should] give op­por­tu­ni­ties to women, be it in en­ter­tain­ment or in ed­u­ca­tion, or in any field. The Com­mon­wealth Games are such amaz­ing ex­am­ples. Most of the medals are won by women. You give women op­por­tu­ni­ties and they’ll thrive. Whether it’s Hol­ly­wood or our Hindi film in­dus­try, we need to fo­cus on our­selves, in­stead of com­par­ing our­selves with some­one else,” she says.

As for how she strad­dles both the in­dus­tries, Priyanka had ear­lier been asked if her Hol­ly­wood com­mit­ments made her miss out on any ma­jor Bol­ly­wood film. At the time, prais­ing the net­work that pro­duced her TV show, she had said, “[They have been] re­ally ac­com­mo­dat­ing. They have al­ways taken care of me and they know that if there’s any­thing I re­ally want to do, they would ad­just the sched­ule and help me.”

We need to con­form ac­cord­ing to what’s re­quired for the peo­ple work­ing in the in­dus­try within that coun­try. PRIYANKA CHO­PRA AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

Priyanka Cho­pra’s next Hindi film is Bharat, with Sal­man Khan

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