Priyanka Chopra feels a 'collective failure' on behalf of all women when female-led films flop
Priyanka Chopra Jonas says female-led films are under immense pressure to succeed.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas feels "collective failure on behalf of all women" when a female-led film doesn't do well.
The 'Quantico' star has spoken out on the immense pressure for movies helmed by women or with a female-led cast to succeed because they are few and far between.
Speaking to actor Bhumi Pednekar at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2023 in Mumbai she said: "There's a lot of pressure when you have a female-led film, and because we have so few (of them being made). We are seeing the success of female-led films more and more, but that's tough (to happen every time). When a female-led film doesn't do well I feel the collective failure on behalf of all women. I feel we have taken them a few steps back. This has to work because there are a few of us who get the opportunity to do this, and we have to do it well. Whether there's a filmmaker, actors, writers or any medium, hair or makeup, you just feel… I won't let womankind down because we have such few opportunities."
The 'Baywatch' star also recalled being advised against taking the part of Meghna Mathur in the 2008 film 'Fashion', because it was female-led and could have brought her career to a premature end.
She shared: "I remember I met Madhur Bhandarkar sir and that time I was told, 'Ladkiyan female-oriented films apne career ke end mein karti hai for National Award' (Women work in female-oriented films towards the end of their career for a National Award). It was like, you have just started, you have done Krrish, Aitraaz you are having your moment... This was in the early 2000s. I liked the script (of Fashion). We were working for six months on the script. It was a passion project. We went to Goa, we worked on the character graph of (her character) Meghna Mathur, her emotional and physical journey. All I focused on was immersing myself in this girl."
However, it proved to be a huge hit at the box office and with critics despite not having a male lead.