Women-oriented roles in Bollywood ‘face gender bias’
MUMBAI: Actress Priyanka Chopra, whose upcoming movie on boxing champion “Mary Kom” has generated a lot of interest, said that women-oriented roles are still not welcome in Bollywood.
According to The Indian Express, she said that in the male-dominated society, talent of women is not getting recognized in contrast to their male counterparts.
“Mary Kom” is a film obviously about Mary Kom. First and the foremost, women-centric roles are not welcomed in Bollywood.
Speaking with the students of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad, she said: “Everybody told me that I was doing a fabulous woman-oriented film. When you get to watch ‘PK’ or ‘Kick’ do you say that ‘I am going to watch a male-oriented film’. Nobody says that.”
Mary Kom is biopic on the Manipur-based boxer who has been a five-time world champion and also an Olympic bronze medallist.
Priyanka stressed the need to weed out gender bias from Bollywood.
“Things will change for women in Bollywood the day when we go and watch a movie after seeing its trailer, without having any gender bias in our minds,” she said.
Directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival which will be held from Sept. 4 to Sept. 11.