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Is there a Harvey Weinstein in B-Town? Priyanka Chopra speaks up about the big boys club

Pee Cee calls out the ways of the Weinsteins

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 18 October 2017, 11:35 PM
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Priyanka Chopra is not going the hashtag way, but is calling out sexism when and as she sees it. Hollywood's favourite desi import and the face of UNICEF recently addressed the issue that's on everyone's minds and timelines right now at Marie Claire Power Trip talk session. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Pee Cee gets real about the other 'Weinsteins' in Bollywood and elsewhere.

"It is not about sex, it is about power. About putting a woman in 'her lane.' For the longest time women have been told only one of us will survive. Only the best girl will get the job. But that just can't be tolerated anymore. Look around this room, full of incredible women who have fought (to get everything that they want)," Priyanka said during the discussion. 

Pee Cee also addressed the issue of a structural exploitation and injustice in every show business. "In our business, if you don't stroke someone's ego, or network, you're threatened that you'll not get that movie. Or this 'big boys club' will get together and boycott you. So, as a woman you feel alone, that my work might get shattered, because this club can just take that away," adds Priyanka.

"So, is there a Harvey Weinstein in India?" the host of the discussion asks Pee Cee. "I don't think there's 'a' Weinstein. I don't even think there's one Weinstein in Hollywood. There are a lot more men, and not just in India, but everywhere else. Just men trying to take away power (from women)," adds the Quantico star, who has been relentlessly campaigning for female child's education all over the globe.

"My makeup and heels don't take away from my strength or my intellect. Women have been told that their femininity is your weakness. The fact that we can walk into a board room, put our emotions in check, and compartmentalise is our power," adds Pee Cee, who will next be seen in the film A Kid Like Jake, alongside Claire Danes and Jim Parsons.

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