When Jee Le Zaraa was announced with the terrific trio of actors Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt in the lead, it was seen as a casting coup, merely because roping in three Bollywood A-listers in the same film would never have been an easy feat back in the day. This is primarily because they would surely have been ‘pitted’ against each other, something Chopra feels was a common phenomenon when she first entered Bollywood. However, speaking to Deadline in a recent interview, the actor expressed gratitude that the current generation of female stars have made “strides in creating a sisterhood” and a strong community.
Priyanka noted how the early 2000s were dominantly patriarchal and there would just be one female lead who would emerge as the best. However, she is proud that things are changing for the better. “Whether it’s Bollywood or in America, what I’ve experienced is women standing up for women. I’m doing a movie in India now with two of the top actresses in the country, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt, and the three of us decided we wanted to do a movie together and partner together to produce it.”
She added, “But the idea is, yes, it was very different when I started out. We were all pitted against each other and our casting was very dependent on the lead actor of the movie, and it depends on who is the flavor at that time and that was a very unsettling feeling.”
When sked where she sees herself five years from now, Priyanka responded, “I’m sure all of us are thinking right now, you know, you take one turn and see the world going to destruction, you take another turn and you see the world going to destruction all over again. It’s a scary place to raise children and to think about a future.”