Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra used her acceptance speech at the 2016 International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) to take a stand against stereotyping Indian actors and actresses.
"We get just one percent of what Indian actors deserve from the world," she told the audience, adding, "We shouldn't be boxed in a certain kind of role."
After starring in more than 50 Bollywood films, the Indian actress, 33, moved to an international platform after landing the lead role in TV's Quantico. Priyanka admitted during her speech that making the move isn't easy. "It is difficult to go to another country and do things. I want to thanks all my fans for being so supportive." During the ceremony the actress was honoured with prizes for Woman of the Year and Best Supporting Actress.
Priyanka, who stars alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in the film adaptation of Baywatch, also thanked the Hindi film industry for helping mould her into the actress she is today. “We are from one of the most prolific film industries in the world and I stand my ground no matter where I go. I thank every director who I have worked with in these 13-15 years.
They have made me strong enough to go into any country and stand in front of any camera and between action and cut I know my job. Thank you Hindi film industry for teaching me to be the best I can be."
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 21, 2016
The actress also made headlines recently after her fans blasted Maxim magazine for over-photoshopping her armpits. Priyanka responded by making light of the controversy, posting her own arms-up shot on Twitter. She captioned the photo: "Heres another "pit-stopping" picture to add to the debate. #WillTheRealArmpitPleaseStandUp #nofilter #armpitdiaries"