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OVERWORKED AND UNDERPAID: PRIYANKA CHOPRA
Global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one such actress who has earned a name for herself both in Bollywood and Hollywood. And, with each passing day, she is adding glorious feathers to her hat, she is one of the only four Indians to make it to the list of BBC’s ‘100 Women’ this year. The actor has now revealed in a corresponding interview how things were not always this golden for her. She spoke about never getting paid equally to the male lead in her early days in Bollywood and also how men earned special privileges on film sets. After receiving the award, she spoke about her experience of being underpaid and facing pay disparity in Bollywood. The desi girl revealed she used to get only 10% of what the leading hero was paid. PeeCee said she was not the only one to face this even all other actresses of her generation had gone through this. Priyanka was quoted saying, “I've never had pay parity in Bollywood. I would get paid about 10% of the salary of my male co-actor. It's (the pay gap) large, substantially large. And so many women still deal with that. I'm sure I will too if I worked with a male co-actor now in Bollywood. My generation of female actors has definitely asked (for equal pay). We've asked, but we've not got it.” Priyanka also spoke about the treatment she would get on sets and how she thought it was something normal. "I thought it was absolutely OK to sit for hours and hours on set, while my male co-actor just took his own time, and decided whenever he wanted to show up on set is when we would shoot," she said.
She also spoke about how things are different in Hollywood when she said that Citadel will be the first time she will have a male co-lead, Richard Madden. “Well, the first time it's happened to me, it has happened in Hollywood. So I don't know going forward,” she said. Earlier Mrs Jonas had also mentioned that being a global icon is no easy task and she wanted us to know how an actor's job makes one feel. When Priyanka was asked about the hashtag that best describes her, she went on to say 'overworked but underpaid' and one might agree given how she has been all over the place. Meanwhile, Priyanka is in a happy space both in her personal and professional life. In January this year, she embraced motherhood and welcomed her first child, daughter Malti with her singer husband Nick Jonas. The couple became parents through surrogacy and announced the arrival of their baby girl on social media. On the work front, she will be starring with Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif in Farhan Akhtar's Jee Le Zaraa, Jee Le Zaraa is reportedly going on floors soon and will be ready for release in the summer of 2023.