INDIA: Priyanka Chopra recently talked about racism in Bollywood in a podcast. The actress narrated her journey in the film industry and also highlighted the color bias she faced.
Priyanka Chopra gained overnight fame by winning a beauty pageant and making her Bollywood debut. However, the struggles she had were completely different from any other actress’s because of her complexion.
Recently, the actress came up to the chat show with Dax Shepherd on his podcast Armchair Expert, where she spoke her heart out.
The global icon recalled the days in Bollywood when she had to face racism and compete with the unrealistic norms set by the industry, basically the stereotypes.
She said, “In numerous movies, I was lightened up via makeup, followed by intense lighting. I still have a song in my head from that time. It was named “Chitti Dudh Kudi,” which is Hindi for “a girl who is as white as milk.” I’m not white like milk, but I had to lighten up a lot for the role.”
Talking about the television commercial she had earlier done, Priyanka said, “When I first entered the movie industry, I was referred to as the dusky actress, and I recall asking, “What is dusky? What does it mean? However, since you are doing a beauty brand, I starred in an ad for a fairness cream. An actress’ career trajectory is greatly influenced by a beauty brand. And those creams were being sold by all the cosmetic companies.”
From her interview, it appears she referred to a Pond’s ad where she starred along with Saif Ali Khan and Neha Dhupia.
Priyanka Chopra will be next seen in Russo Brothers‘ Citadel. The much-anticipated spy thriller series is scheduled to be available on Amazon Prime Video in April 2023.
Besides Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra is also making a comeback to Bollywood with Farhan Akhtar-directed movie Jee Le Zaraa.
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