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Priyanka Chopra on her early days: I would get paid about 10% of the salary of my male co-actor

In a recent interview, Priyanka Chopra discussed how in her early days in Bollywood, she was never paid equally to the male protagonist.

Published: Wednesday,Dec 07, 2022 06:33 AM GMT-07:00
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One of only four Indians to appear in the BBC's list of "100 Women" this year is Priyanka Chopra. In a subsequent interview, she has since disclosed that things were not always as rosy for the actress. She discussed how in her early days in Bollywood, she was never paid equally to the male protagonist and how men were given special treatment on the movie sets.

"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," she said. "My generation of female actors have definitely asked (for equal pay). We've asked, but we've not got it."


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When she revealed that Citadel will be the first time she has a male co-lead, Richard Madden, she also discussed how things are different in Hollywood.

“Well, the first time it's happened to me, it has happened in Hollywood. So I don't know going forward,” she said.

Citadel, a Russo Brothers production, will debut on Prime Video's OTT. Richard Madden and Priyanka are both featured in the new sci-fi drama series, which is created and helmed by Patrick Morgan. Alongside Sam Heughan, Priyanka will appear in the international film 'Love Again'.

In Bollywood, she will be next be seen in Farhan Akhtar's directorial 'Jee Le Zaraa'. The film will also star Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt in lead roles. As per reports, it will go on floors by 2023. 


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