After championing South cinema and Bollywood, Deepika Padukone made her Hollywood debut in 2017 with Vin Diesel‘s XXX- Return of Xander Cage. While Priyanka Chopra was already featuring in Quantico by then, her Hollywood film debut, Baywatch, came a few months later in the same year. Netizens were quick to compare the two actresses based on their public appearances on foreign turf. A quote posted by one of Deepika’s fan accounts has now gone viral on Reddit and sparked a debate about whether Deepika was dating a dig at Priyanka or not.
As per the post, Deepika said, “I have global ambitions, but much of it is being beyond a movie star. There is a lot I want to do globally as an individual. I find it fascinating and strange at the same time to think that we were almost apologetic about who we are and where we came from. We have always overcompensated because of this. I don’t feel the need to move to another country or speak the way they speak in order to be accepted. Has the journey taken longer? Yes. But I sleep better knowing I am in my culture and I did it on my own terms.”
The quote was posted on the microblogging site with the caption, “Is this supposed to be another dig at Priyanka?” This question has now divided the internet. One person wrote, “PC is the only relevant Bolly star in Holly right now so subconsciously it seems to be dig coz the ‘move into another country’ and ‘speak the way they speak’ is so specific and direct lol.” Another added, “This is sad PC has only ever had good things to say about her.” “There are certain comments saying you’re pitting women against each other OP, but sigh… this does seem like a dig at PC,” one person commented.
However, many others disagreed and defended Deepika against this assumption. One person wrote, “Isme Priyanka beech mein kaha aagayi??? Just to garner hate for Deepika some here just assume things.” Another added, “I don’t really see it as a dig towards PC but more as ‘I want to do things on my own terms and not go through the same hurdles again in a brand new industry, especially Hollywood’.” “How is this a dig? If you look at her Time and Cannes interviews, she’s talked a lot about India having way more potential than the West gave it credit for. I think this part is in tandem with that.”
Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have shared a good bond over the years. They worked together in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani with Ranveer Singh and developed an instant camaraderie.