By Lipi Mehta:
Priyanka Chopra just embraced the word feminist. Oh yes, she did. In an interview about her show Quantico in September 2015, she had said it isn’t a “bra-burning feminist show where you’re like, we hate men.” However, on Barkha Dutt’s ‘Townhall’ series last night, she said she is a proud feminist and doesn’t equate feminism to man-hating. That was quite a U-turn, PC and good on you for finally saying it like it is at a time when ‘feminism’ has become a bad word for many in the film industry.
After two Bollywood hits (‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani‘) and a People’s Choice Award nomination for Quantico, 2015 has been a great year for Priyanka Chopra and boy, did she end it on a high note in this interview. Priyanka boldly admitted that she regrets endorsing fairness creams and openly spoke about how she was teased as a child and called ‘kaali‘ (‘dark’), because of her dusky complexion.
She also expressed solidarity with the LGBT community and spoke about wage inequality in the film business. It’s extremely important that at a time when ‘intolerance‘ seems to be the word of the year, one of India’s leading actors and globally recognised figures took a strong stance for feminism and equal rights. I do wish she had made a stronger statement on censorship in India instead of pointing a finger at the audience, but regardless, this interview is worth a watch and worth sharing!