Life was never a bed of roses for Priyanka Chopra, especially during her academic days in the US where she often found herself at the receiving end of racist barbs. She was called â€˜brownieâ€™ and was bullied when she was a teenager. But now things have changed and the very same girl has been given a main lead in an American thriller show â€˜Quanticoâ€™.
Things have changed for PeeCee and definitely for a better reason.
The versatile B-town diva who played different roles and genres in Bollywood is now making her way to Hollywood with the upcoming American television series Quantico.
These days, Priyanka is riding high on the praises garnered for the trailer of her upcoming TV show, Quantico.Â The actress is seen portraying the role of an FBI agent who becomes an easy target of conspirators and thus lands in a situation where her only way out is to break free and prove herself innocent.
While talking to a leading daily Priyanka shared that she hopes her new venture helps her break the “stereotype” that global culture has made out of Indians, and opens more doors for the country’s actors to be taken seriously in the west. While talking to a leading daily Priyanka shared that Indians have always been relegated to playing characters that are not headlining.
“The fact that Quantico happened was a big win. I just hope it is successful because I really think that it would make a dent in Indian actors being taken seriously. I think,” Priyanka said.
Commenting on her debut in the US TV series, the 32-year-old said that she agreed to work in the show only on a condition.
“The fact that she is an Indian should have nothing to do with the story. ‘I am an actor, so cast me as an actor’ (was my point)… They indeed found me a part where I play a half-Indian, half-Caucasian FBI agent,” said Chopra.
“I play an American girl, I have an American accent, and it’s nothing related to the stereotyped image of Indians. We are beyond the exorcism, spirituality and yoga… it’s there, which is great, but that’s not it,” said Priyanka, who also broke stereotype when she ventured into the global music scene with her single In My City.
“I was bullied a lot when I was in a school in America. A lot of racism happened with me… which is why I came back. I was in high school, only 16 years old. I was called ‘Brownie, go back on the boat you came from’ and things like that. So, when the opportunity of working in the West started coming in, starting with my music, I really wanted to try and bring relevance to Indian talent, because I was given the opportunity,” added the multi-talented former Miss World.
The National Award winning actress, who has made her mark in Bollywood with films like Fashion, Mary Kom and 7 Khoon Maaf, shared that she had to face a lot of racialism during her schooling days in America.