Priyanka Chopra was recently voted and chosen as the most desired in the Times 50 most desirable women of 2015. The feisty Indian actor who rose like an unrepressed flame to become America’s sweetheart, also appeared on the cover of Time magazine. She featured in the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list, along with Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and pop singer Nicki Minaj, among others.
But not so long ago, Chopra’s celebrity was questioned by a former manager-gone-rogue Prakash Jaju, who stirred the controversy soup by alleging that Chopra had attempted suicide during her days of struggle. That she had to be restrained in order to stop her from taking the drastic step. Chopra, who had not been acknowledging or speaking about the allegations, finally settled things when she officially slammed the media for believing Jaju’s credibility.
“This is utter… First of all, it’s so sad that Indian media has given credibility to the man, who was in jail because of harassing me, without checking the history who the person is. So, I have nothing to say because there is no credibility to this person, who media is giving credibility to,” Chopra told reporters after she collected the honorary Padma Shri from the President in New Delhi.
Chopra, who had been keeping quiet, broke her silence the day she got conferred with, a titular award. She snapped back with flamboyance. And we are proud of our Baywatch girl.
In the wake of the contemporary hullabaloos that our actresses are embroiled in, Kangana Ranaut stands out, for receiving collective blows from her former love interests. While the Bollywood’s Greek God is letting his lawyer do the talking, the infamous Pancholis and Sumans are fishing in troubled waters, or should we say blood?
We lost the plot when he started talking, but from what we understood, Adhyayan Suman – who had dated the powerhouse of an actor briefly – tacitly, suggested that Ranaut was involved in witchcraft. A seer purportedly, had given the Sumans the idea that their son was under a spell. That Ranaut had been spiking his drinks and food with menstrual blood. The actor further ruffled the feathers when claimed he was warned about the actress, by her (abusive) former boyfriend and godfather Aditya Pancholi.
Kangana took everything to her stride. The actress looked composed, happy and content when she walked up to receive her National Film Awards from the President. She later said in an interview that she has seen worse days, and that her achievements are the silver lining.
Before she found her Goodenough husband, Preity Zinta was dating the co-owner of her IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab. So when things turned sour between the two, there was a section that blamed a ‘jilted’ Zinta for levelling serious allegations against her former boyfriend. The actress had accused Ness Wadia of molesting, assaulting and threatening her in 2014. The case is under investigation.
If it is a woman who is making it big, dealing with things gracefully and consciously moving away from everything negative, she is either living a life based on false beliefs or is plain haughty. When the three leading actresses of Indian film industry were enmeshed in outrageous controversies, few came forward to take a stand.
That Bollywood is an altered world altogether is known, but the Chopras, Ranauts and Zintas are fighting a battle women know all about.
And regardless of what the uninitiated believe and say, it is easiest to target and shame a woman, especially if she is self-made, confident and successful. Break her morale, and then halt her progress, isn’t it?
But these actors have shown and proven that revenge is for the weak, and success is for the resilient. That a personal achievement is the biggest victory and the sweetest revenge, ever.