Instances and traits have modified in Bollywood. But, it’s nonetheless an extended method to go, particularly on the subject of our feminine characters. The heroines are nonetheless majorly objectified in a lot of our movies. Therefore, one can think about the state of affairs 20 years again when the situation was not as progressive as it’s now. International star Priyanka Chopra shares a dramatic incident about this pattern in Bollywood in her not too long ago revealed memoir ‘Unfinished’.
Priyanka reveals that at the start of her profession, she had bagged an enormous Bollywood movie (she doesn’t identify the movie and its makers). She was speculated to carry out on a seductive tune, through which she was to take away her garments slowly, one piece at a time. It was an extended, four-minute tune and so as to make it extra tantalizing, Priyanka urged that it’ll be nice if she had numerous layers of garments to take off like a jacket, stockings and even hair ribbon.
The director requested her to talk to the stylist which she did. Then she handed on the cellphone to the director who in entrance of her, advised the stylist, “Jo bhi ho, chaddiyan dikhni chahiye. Nahin toh log image dekhne kyon aayenge?” (No matter occurs, panties ought to be seen. In any other case, why would folks come to look at the film?)
Priyanka Chopra then confesses that this assertion by the director led her to give up the movie the very subsequent day. She mentioned that she clearly knew that the script had this seductive tune and that her character was speculated to put on her sexuality on the sleeve, and that she was okay with that. Nevertheless, she discovered it unacceptable that she was used as a mere commodity for titillation. “I’m not no matter character I’m taking part in, and I wasn’t keen to be directed by somebody who noticed me that manner. As an alternative, I trusted my instinct and exited,” she says.
Priyanka Chopra had shot for 2 days already when she give up. Therefore, the producer of the movie was furious. That is when she was capturing for an additional movie. Although she doesn’t identify the film, it appears it was Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) as she mentions that her co-star within the movie was Salman Khan and that it occurred to start with of her profession. The indignant producer arrived on the units of her movie and charged in direction of her trailer, the place Priyanka was seated.
That is when Salman Khan got here to her rescue. She writes, “My co-star Salman Khan, who was and is a large star in India, understood the state of affairs instantly and intervened on my behalf…when the producer arrived, he had a dialog with him that defused the state of affairs. I’m unsure precisely what he mentioned however the producer was in a a lot calmer state when he spoke to me.”
Priyanka Chopra then tells that she by no means advised the producer the actual purpose for leaving the movie. “I used to be a newcomer in a patriarchal trade and I’d discovered that it was higher to not poke the bear. Hold your head down and hold smiling was the rule for the women, and I used to be already pushing the boundaries. So somewhat than explaining what had occurred, I advised him I’d misunderstood the character and wasn’t snug taking part in her, and that I’d ship a cheque to reimburse them for the 2 days they’d must reshoot with another person.” She ends the chapter by saying that the cash she returned amounted to as a lot as she would have been paid for 12-13 weeks of labor, had she stayed on the film.
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