Great time for actresses in Indian cinema: Priyanka Chopra

Updated: Jun 09, 2012, 16:08 PM IST

Singapore: Priyanka Chopra admits that Indian cinema remains male- dominated but says changed perspectives towards female actors have helped current times become great times for actresses to work in the industry.

"The film industry is male dominated but it`s hugely fascinating to see how a change has come about. People`s mindset towards actresses is changing so that we can do roles which are beyond playing just being a coy girl. It is a great time for Indian actresses to be in cinema," Priyanka said here Saturday.

She spoke at a press conference of her forthcoming film 'Teri Meri Kahaani', on the sidelines of the 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend and awards.

She was accompanied by co-star Shahid Kapoor and director Kunal Kohli. 'Teri Meri Kahaani', releasing June 22, is a love story that spans across three eras - 1910, 1960 and 2012.

The actress, who won a National award for her performance in 'Fashion', said she is proud to have started the trend of women-oriented films.

"When `Fashion` happened, everybody told me it is a big risk, nobody comes to watch women-oriented movies. I feel like I have kickstarted all the gamut of films being made with female-dominated parts," she added.

Priyanka revealed her journey so far has been a learning experience.

"Nobody can ensure anything in life. You just have to work hard. You just need to take care of the opportunities given to you. I am somebody who came to the film industry without knowing anyone.

"It was completely new for me as I started at the age of 17. Everything I have learned is my own. I have fallen, bruised myself so I take a lot of pride in it," she added.

IANS