Thursday February 21, 2019

Priyanka Chopra Hopes She Opened Doors for Women of Colour to Play Lead Roles

When Priyanka landed the role for "Quantico", she was touted as the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. She even won a People's Choice Award

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Priyanka joins hands with Facebook. Flickr

As Priyanka Chopra bid goodbye to her role as Alex Parrish in “Quantico”, which gave an unprecedented push to her career in Hollywood, hopes she has been able to kick open the door for women and especially those of colour to get to play lead characters in American showbiz.

“As the season ends, I am saying goodbye to Alex Parrish. As you’ll see, her story will come full circle…and that is the best feeling as an actor. Bringing Alex to life has challenged me physically and emotionally, but even more significant it has (I hope) cracked the door open for female talent and women of color to play leading ladies,” Priyanka wrote in an emotional tweet on Saturday.

“Thank you for opening your homes and hearts to me every week! Thank you to the cast and crew of ‘Quantico’ for being such an amazing team to work with, for all the memories that I will cherish… Memories of laughter, of learning new things, of making friends for life. It was a pleasure working with each and every one of you, and I look forward to crossing paths again,” she added.

Priyanka Chopra at the people's choice awards. Wikimedia commons
Priyanka Chopra at the people’s choice awards. Wikimedia commons

When Priyanka landed the role for “Quantico”, she was touted as the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series. She even won a People’s Choice Award.

The ABC show started in 2015 and has had three seasons. Priyanka’s Alex is an FBI agent who becomes a prime suspect of a bombing case.

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She has since found a good foothold in the industry as she bagged a role in “Baywatch”, “A Kid Like Jake”, “Isn’t It Romantic” and she is also committed to star opposite Chris Pratt in the action film “Cowboy Ninja Viking”. (IANS)

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Bollywood Tells Stories About Love, But Also Highlights Stalking

Cinema gets a dose of creepiness in the name of love

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Be it Varun Dhawan’s attempts to woo Alia Bhatt in “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, or Akshay Kumar following Bhumi Pednekar and clicking her photographs without her consent in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” or Shah Rukh Khan singing the famous “Tu haan kar ya na kar, tu hai meri Kiran” — Bollywood tells stories about love but also highlights stalking.

Social activist Ranjana Kumari blames cinema for creating a culture of stalking women.

“They show that initially women say ‘No’ but don’t take ‘No’ for a ‘No’. It is actually a ‘Yes’. It has been there since long. Stalking has been packaged in a romantic way,” Kumari told IANS.

“It conveys the superiority that men have over women. She, in any case, has to give in. It is a myth that is being perpetuated by creating this culture… She is still an object of his desire,” she added.

Actress Swara Bhasker, who appeared in “Raanjhanaa”, admitted that the Aanand L. Rai directorial glorified stalking.

Bollywood Actor Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan.

“When it came out, it got panned by feminists for glorifying stalking… For a long time, I refused to believe it and thought that it is not true… But then as time passed by, I was like, actually, maybe yes,” she said when she joined actress Kareena Kapoor Khan for an episode of her radio show.

According to psychologist Samir Parikh, films have an impact on people at some level or the other.

“When you see something being presented in a palatable manner to you, you feel it is okay to do it, so you get desensitised to it. You get disinhibited and it changes your perception of reality. People, especially youngsters and vulnerable ones, end up doing what they see their role models doing,” Parikh told IANS.

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“It is important to educate and upgrade people and give them the right support and guidance,” he said.

All is not fair in love, and it is time to put the lens on it as well. (IANS)