Priyanka Chopra may be the most successful Bollywood actor right now, but the success hasn’t come so easy for her, as claimed by her mother Madhu Chopra. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Madhu said, “…a designer told her that the director’s brief was to dress her in itsy-bitsy clothes. The director had said, ‘What is the point of having a Miss World in front of the camera if we cannot show her as her beautiful self?’ Priyanka refused to do the film.” Madhu’s revelations come just weeks after Priyanka sensationally claimed that there were “many Harvey Weinsteins” everywhere. This was in reference to the rampant sexual harassment of actors in Bollywood by filmmakers.
Talking about Priyanka’s own experiences of tackling sexual harassment, Madhu said, “It was being helmed by a reputed director and he got upset. Priyanka lost 10 films because she walked out of that project.” Madhu narrated another story of how Priyanka nearly fell victim of sexual harassment. She said, “She was just 17 when she entered the industry, so I accompanied her every minute of the day till about three years ago. So a gentleman meets her and says: ‘Will your mother sit outside while I narrate the story to you?’ Priyanka told him, ‘If it is a story that my mother can’t hear then it is a story that I cannot do’.” Speaking at the 2017 Maire Claire Power Trip event, Priyanka had said that Harvey Weinstein’s controversy was “not about sexuality, but all about power.” She said, “There is not just ‘a Harvey Weinstein’ in Hollywood, there are many. It happens everywhere.”
“It’s an isolating feeling. The easiest thing to take away from a woman is her work. The fact that we can be compassionate and, at the same time, tough are strengths only women have. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you need to dress a certain way. When you open your mouth, you deliver,” she added.