Priyanka Chopra Quits Bollywood Film Due to “Dehumanising” Director Request
Actress speaks out about disturbing incident on set
Priyanka Chopra has revealed that she was asked to remove her underwear by a Bollywood filmmaker during the shooting of a movie. In an interview with The Zoe Report, the Indian star explained how she felt “dehumanised” by the request and ultimately decided to quit the project.
Undermining Artistic Integrity
During the movie scene in question, Priyanka was required to seduce a character while removing items of clothing. When she requested to wear additional layers, the director insisted on seeing her underwear, stating that it was essential to the scene and that it would attract viewers to the movie.
According to Priyanka, the director made the comment to the stylist in front of her, leading her to feel as though her only value was in her physical appearance. “It was a feeling of, ‘I’m nothing else outside of how I can be used, my art is not important, what I contribute is not important,'” she explained.
Standing up for Herself
Priyanka, who starred in movies such as “Bajirao Mastani” and “Fashion,” did not feel comfortable continuing with the project after the incident. She left the production two days later, but not before offering to pay the crew for their losses.
The actress stated that her father encouraged her to take this action, as a way to maintain her integrity and show that she valued the hard work of others. “I couldn’t disrespect the crew…even though I was asked to,” she noted.
Pushed into a Corner
Priyanka’s decision to leave the Bollywood industry has been well-documented in recent years. In an interview with The Guardian, she described feeling “pushed into a corner” by industry leaders and unable to express herself creatively.
After dabbling in music for a while, Priyanka eventually transitioned to Hollywood and has achieved success with roles in “Quantico” and “Isn’t It Romantic.” Despite the challenges she faced in her home country, the actress remains proud of her Indian heritage and continues to inspire women around the world.