Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one of the only four Indians to make it to the list of BBC’s ‘100 Women’ this year and now in an interview, she recalled how things were not always this golden for her. She spoke about never getting paid equal to the male lead in her early days in Bollywood.
"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 have definitely asked (for equal pay). We've asked, but we've not got it," she says.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas 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.
Produced by Russo Brothers, Citadel will hit the OTT on Prime Video. She is also making her Bollywood return with Farhan Akhtar's Jee Le Zaraa, which promises to be another tale of friendship following the lineage of Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara,. The film also stars Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif.