In an interview with Time as part of its Time 100 feature, Priyanka Chopra recalled a moment earlier in her career when a Bollywood producer referred to actresses as “replaceable.”
Years before landing her role in Quantico, Chopra starred in Fashion, a Bollywood film that became an unexpected success. “It was at a time where female-led films weren’t given as much importance as the boys movies were because boys movies make more money,” Chopra tells Time in the clip below. “But that movie did really, really well. Everybody was like, whoa a female-led movie did well.”
Later in the interview, Chopra remembers a scheduling conflict that led to a producer telling her she could easily be replaced.
The video above is an edited version of the below transcript from Time’s site where she says:
“When I was very young, I was 19 and I was doing the first few movies, I remember that my dates weren’t working out. My scheduling wasn’t working out for a movie with a very big actor. And the producer said, ‘Well, she can’t work it out, it’s fine, we’ll just cast someone else. Or, you know what? I’ll launch a new girl because girls are replaceable.’ I didn’t understand it then. But I think subconsciously it really worked on my mind, and I started picking up parts which were strong, which were not just the damsel in distress waiting for someone to rescue me. As much as I like being rescued. Every girl does … Now 13, 15 years later, whatever, I think that the movies that I do, I’m irreplaceable and the boys are replaceable.”
Image screengrab via Time