Priyanka Chopra spoke about sexual harassment at the 10th Annual Women in the World Summit in New York recently. “Sexual harassment had become a norm with women. Now, because of the support we are giving each other, people don’t have the power to shut us down. And that’s an incredibly powerful thing to see.”
The #MeToo movement caught on in India as well and various women came forward to accuse bigwigs like Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Rajkumar Hirani, Anu Malik and Alok Nath of sexual misconduct. Present at the summit, when Chopra was asked if she ever faced the same, the global star revealed, “Everybody in this room has probably faced one because it had become a norm with women. We always had a voice. Just nobody heard us. Now if I have a story I don’t feel I am alone anymore – and I am not ashamed of it.”
Priyanka had explained her stance about #MeToo in an earlier interview. “I think people have misunderstood the #MeToo movement if they restrict it only to the film industry. It’s not only ki film industry mein aisi cheez hoti hai. Har job mein hoti hai. Jo mere saath hua hai, woh bohot pehle hua hai. Aisa nahi hai ki Dangal ke time hua hai ya uske baad. It happened when I was very young. I think people assuming that it’s very current and wondering why I am not talking about it… that’s a lot of expectation. Every woman in our country has dealt with it and I’m sure not everyone wants to talk about it publicly,”
On the work front, she will be next seen in Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink alongside Farhan Akhtar, Rohit Saraf and Zaira Wasim.