March 4, 2014 12:31:44 IST By Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Is this the sign of a new mature Bollywood? If Priyanka Chopra's words of appreciation for her peers at the top is any indication, this could well be the case. Though one seldom finds an actress sharing more than just a cursory remark about other actresses, Priyanka is being an exception as she not just goes on to acknowledge that each one of them is doing very well but also shares many decent words around them. This was in response to an observation around how she, along with some of the other leading actresses at the top, were around for close to a decade and still doing so very well for themselves.
The sexist bias against actresses is an issue that does rankle her a bit. ''I don't know why it always works like that for women where people start counting years for them? Why don't we do that for men,' questions Priyanka who is in the 11th year of her career as an actress, 'Honestly, I find it really annoying when people do that for women and not for men. I guess the audience enjoys actors as well as actress in equal measures; there is no bias in them.'
She adds, 'I have worked with a gamut of heroes and recently my co-stars in GUNDAY were the ones who are relatively new in the industry. Yes, I come with more experience than say an Arjun or a Ranveer, but then I am almost the same age as them.'
This is when the conversation veers again towards her female counterparts,'If you pick Katrina (Kaif) and me, it has been eleven years for us now. Both of us have been doing tremendous work so there is place for everyone. As a matter of fact, even Bebo (Kareena Kapoor) came three years before both us and look at the kind of great work she is doing. Or for that matter Deepika (Padukone) who came after us. She has been enjoying a fabulous innings too,' Priyanka observes.
'All of us are doing some excellent work and are in great form. So high time that people see us for our work and not start counting years,' reflects Priyanka while signing off.