Our desi girl, Priyanka Chopra took the risk the exploring the other industry i.e., Hollywood when her contemporaries were still busy with Bollywood projects. In the last five years, Priyanka took the American Industry by rage with her Quantico series, Baywatch, music album Exotic with Pitbull and many others. She enjoys a huge fan following in West and is a global icon now.
To become a global star was not easy for PeeCee as the 36-year-old actress revealed that many people tried to pull her down in the beginning.
In an exclusive interview with Cosmopolitan India, Priyanka said, “When I decided to explore the international music and film industry, there were many people who tried to pull me down. When I received the opportunity to work in the US, I remember the words swimming around me. Bleak, discouraging, deterring. ‘We hope you know what you’re doing,’ they said. ‘But you’re in your 30s, and too old to give this a try.’ I heard them try to explain that Indians aren’t cut out for the global pop music scene, and definitely not Hollywood. And how other actors had tried the same and were forced to return to India for work.”
When people told her ‘she can’t have it all,’ PeeCee was determined to prove the cynics that she can and she will. Further, she added, “For me, the two industries are not mutually exclusive – I didn’t have to leave India to go to America and work, and vice versa. So I took what all the naysayers were saying to me and I turned it into my strength. I decided that I’ll work in both the countries. I did Quantico and Baywatch there, and Bajirao Mastani and Jai Gangaajal here. And I handled both… I felt like I had a point to prove.”
Priyanka worked really hard to be at this peak and she is an example for “generation of girls” that it is never too late to dream big and achieve them. “I think we, as women, need to make examples of ourselves. I’m not someone who has expectations from people, I only expect from myself. So I just started working really hard and proved all those people wrong. And I hope that the generations of girls after me won’t have to think about these things – that they aren’t good enough to work in international entertainment, or that it’s too late for them,” added Priyanka.