Priyanka Chopra needs no introduction. If you’ve been living under a rock, the beautiful and bold actress is on her pursuit of global domination and there is not a single soul who can deny that.
Be it her commendable body of work till date or her personality that makes her ‘people’s favourite’ everywhere she goes, PC is inching milestones and leaping many as we speak.
Needless to say, she is ruling her roost after making it to the Top 10 in Forbes India Celebrity List 2017 with a net worth of $10 million. And honestly, we can’t think of someone more deserving. But blame it on sexist double standards or just the way our regressive society functions, some seemingly get shocked at the kind of enumeration Priyanka unapologetically demands.
If you think I’m exaggerating, have a look at this gem of a headline that a website ran about how ‘shocking’ Priyanka’s 5-minute performance fee was for an award show!
— BollyHungama (@Bollyhungama) December 15, 2017
Yes, movie-critic Rajeev Masand and many of his likes came out in PC’s support and slammed the publication for the narrow-mindedness…
Why is this SHOCKING? About time the women got paid as much as men! It’s this regressive attitude that’s got to change. https://t.co/xnngwMaJOa
— Rajeev Masand (@RajeevMasand) December 16, 2017
Nothing changes the fact that we still live in a society where A-list actresses are still treated as second-class seats in matters of their fraternity. An industry where heroines are such integral part of movie and making.
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Well, that was that. But if you think Priyanka took it lying down then you couldn’t be more wrong.
That’s right, Priyanka has now returned the favour with an apt reply and it’d be a shame if you missed it. Talking to Sonia Singh of NDTV at the Penguin Annual Lecture, PC said,
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“It was funny because there are so many people who talk about the kind of numbers that I apparently get for certain minutes of my time.
The boys are never asked this question. Their zeroes are ridiculous. Have you even seen the zeroes that they get on their cheques? We should be celebrating that at least there’s one girl who has gone out there.”
Not only that.
She even pointed out that it is not only sad that she is being nitpicked on how much she should/could earn but it is also worth-noticing that she is the only woman in the rankings when there are so many actresses of the same due out there.
Talking about the crippling gender pay-gap in the industry, she said,
Can you argue that?
Well, I don’t think I need to state the obvious but, we’re a fan Priyanka…of your class, elegance and values. They’re inspiring as a woman and much more.