Priyanka Chopra opens up on sexual harassment


Women are subjected to sexual harassment in various fields and lately Bollywood has started to speak about their assault on the #MeToo movement. Priyanka Chopra is also a victim of sexual harassment and the diva spoke about the assault.

“Sexual harassment had become a norm with women,” she said. “Now because of the support we are giving each other, people don’t have the power to shut us down.”

PeeCee said that the voice gets support from one another.

 “We always had a voice. Just nobody heard us. Now because of the support we’re giving each other, nobody can shut us down. And that’s an incredibly powerful thing to see.

“Now if I have a story I don’t feel I’m alone anymore – and I’m not ashamed of it,” she said.

When the actress was if she ever faced sexual harassment, she raised her hand saying everybody in this room has probably faced one because it had become a norm with women.

“A lot of actors that I speak to don’t have ambitions to move out of the industry. Bollywood is the biggest, if not the first industry to make films and the demographic is so large, they don’t want to leave that.”

But she thinks there is “a little problem when it comes to the casting of South Asians in Hollywood”.

“I played ethnically ambiguous parts,” she said, adding: “It took me all those ethnically ambiguous parts to be where I am today. I did not want to do stereotype roles because then all you will see is what I already know I can do. I am Indian, I can do that.”

Opening up about entering beauty pageants, she said: “I was extremely awkward, but I like winning.”

“It is my greatest friend and greatest joy… I think that the pageant world has a very bad reputation in the US, whereas In India, the pageant world is very cohesive to the entire personality of a woman: What you look like, how you speak, especially how much you know – there was a lot of attention that was placed on the substance, even for Miss World.”

Priyanka is glad that Nick is very supportive husband. “I am a wild child, I do whatever I want whenever I want and he always supports me,” she said.

She talks about her dating times with Nick Jonas. She always needs an excuse to cancel her meeting, but Nick wasn’t taking the hint.

“I said it twice. I said it thrice,” she said.

“And finally he pulled me aside and was like, ‘Look, I’m not stupid, I know what you’re trying to do. But I will never be the one that tells you to cancel work, because I know how hard you work to be where you are’. I was like, this is the first (time) anyone has ever done that for me, the first person who gave me credit for what I have done,” Priyanka said.