Priyanka Chopra is not one to mix personal with public, and believes that her private life need not be broadcast to the world.
She made the distinction clear to those who were trying to bridge the gap between her private and public life. She gave the statement on Monday, during a two-way session at Delhi’s Taj Palace Hotel Dhaula Kuan.
The session was titled ‘Challenging the Status Quo and Forging New Paths’ and was organized by FICCI Ladies Organization and Yes Bank. While this interaction session was supposed to be limited to Priyanka’s professional acts, the moderators Vir Sanghvi and Pinky Redd could not resist breaching up the topic of her engagement. Priyanka was quick to notice the shift in conversation, and responded to it very clearly.
“My entire life—my personal life—is not for public consumption,” she said. “Ninety percent of my life is for public consumption, but ten percent is for me. I’m a girl; I have the right to keep that to myself.”
“My family, my friendships and my relationships are things I don’t think I need to defend or explain to anyone. I am not running for office, so I don’t think I need to give explanations,” she said, while explaining how the constant inquiries about her private life can be quite draining for her. “Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I get annoyed,” she said. “Mostly, I tell my publicists, ‘Let it be. Today’s news is tomorrow’s trash.'”
The night before attending this panel discussion, Priyanka was spotted at the MTV Spotlight in Singapore, cheering on her fiancè. She was spotted in the crowd singing along to his songs, and dancing to the tunes of his music. Upon her arrival to India, Priyanka was unable to evade the paparazzi that had surrounded her, and was seen taking off her engagement ring and placing it in her bag at the airport.
The 36-year-old stunning actress not only had to defend her decision to not reveal private information, but also the behavior of her fictional character. Priyanka, who rose to fame in Hollywood for playing the role of special agent Alex Parrish on ABC’s Quantico, had to defend aspects of the role for the reporters back home. One of the two moderators at the discussion, Vir Sanghvi, posed criticism for her character for having sex with a man right after she had been introduced to him in the first episode of the show. Priyanka addressed the concern in a candid manner, and argued in favor of her character.
“[The camera is] making believe that you see so much, but you see the car from outside. You hear a sound and then you come inside to [a shot of] my face, and I sit down on the side and start having a conversation with him. So, technically, I’ve done nothing,” she said. “Are you saying that in Indian movies we don’t show people having sex? I’m not an Indian girl in this character. And actually, I love that scene, because Alex, to me, is an unapologetic, modern female who lives her life on her terms. She’s extremely flawed. She’s not perfect. She’s a loner. She doesn’t like people. She just uses people. She’s basically playing a man—which is awesome, because girls don’t get to play that.”
More power to you, Priyanka! We hope you stay the person who pushes other people up, and stands up for what they believe in.