For those expecting Priyanka Chopra to take sides and diss Hollywood, well, it wasn’t happening. Asked recently about what Bollywood and Hollywood can learn from each other, she chose to play it safe. “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,” she pointed out.
Driving her point home, she added, “We need to focus on ourselves and not somebody else. 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 they want to be. How do we give them opportunities and make them thrive? 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, I think we need to focus on ourselves, instead of comparing ourselves with someone else.”
She also spoke about how the network that had produced her show ‘Quantico’, had been really accommodating when it came to adjusting her shooting schedules with her film shootings.
Priyanka continues to straddle both Hollywood and Bollywood. While she recently announced her Marathi film production, titled Paani she will star in the Salman Khan-starrer Bharat. She also has two Hollywood films in her kitty – A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic.