Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2016

Children were called Priyanka “brownie” and “curry”



It was not as easy for Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra to become an overnight sensation in Hollywood. She told in an interview about the people’s perception before debuting in Hollywood, “I’m not even Indian-American, I’m Indian-Indian. Everybody expected me to have henna and a nose pin and talk in an accent like Apu from The Simpsons,”

She told that before playing the lead role in Hollywood TV debut Quantico, she was “nervous because I wasn’t sure if America was ready for a lead that looked like me.”

The Bajirao Mastani leading actress explained that it happened because of her childhood years were spent in the US. She further told regarding the combat of stereotypes in America, from early years when she was studying there and in Canada.

She told that “I was the only Indian kid in my school in Iowa. Later I lived in Queens, New York and Newton, Massachusetts, and in high school I was bullied really badly,”

Kids were used to call her “brownie” and “curry” and suggested her to go back to her own country. “It was supremely scary,” she further told that “I would avoid going to the cafeteria and eat in the bathroom instead.”

Chopra has become a strong, beautiful woman and talk about racism which she has faced. While her TV show Quantico is getting positive response in the US. She has also won People’s Choice award. When her song In My City was employed as the theme for Thursday Night Football in 2013, NFL fans were furious and emailed the league inquiring, “Who is this Arab terrorist?”

She further continued that “I find it really funny that people have such primitive thinking,” Chopra stated that “I called them out. I said: ‘Why is every Arab person a terrorist, and why am I an Arab terrorist just because I am brown?’”

She had one condition on casting for Quantico, “I wanted to be cast as an actor on merit as being the best person for the job. I didn’t want to be a stereotype of what an Indian girl should be. I wanted to be what I personify in my Indian movies: independent, sexy, good at my job and really smart.”

She told about the Oscars So White controversy as, “I am too new in this industry to be taking extreme decisions like that. When it comes to India I am very vocal about how I feel, but I am just six months old here, and honestly I want to go and see what will happen at the Oscars, especially as there is such a huge debate. I think it will be a very interesting evening,”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.