"That's it. That's all I was there for."
Priyanka Chopra experienced some demeaning comments within Bollywood, however, it took her several years before she spoke about them.
The actress has now revealed that her silence on the matters was down to being insecure.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Priyanka explained that they were at a time when she was new to the industry.
Despite the comments, she kept silent because she felt she had to “work within the system”.
Priyanka explained: “I did because as much as I may have walked away from the project because of how he spoke about me or spoke to me.
“He didn’t see me as an artist bringing something to the table, he saw me as an object for titillation. That’s it. That’s all I was there for.
“It makes you feel small. As much as I walked away from the movie because it made me feel that way, I didn’t do anything about it.
“I didn’t say anything about it because I had to work within the system. So I put my head down and I worked within the system.”
Priyanka Chopra went on to explain her decision.
“Why did I do that? Because I had insecurities. I was scared. I was trying to make a career at that point. I didn’t want it to be taken away from me.
“Girls are told, ‘You don’t want to attract the wrong kind of attention. You don’t want to be hard to work with. You gotta smile and everything is alright’.
“I did that for a really long time because I was insecure. It’s okay to be insecure. No one is perfect.”
“No one can live in black or white. Everyone lives in grey and that’s okay.”
In her memoir, Unfinished, Priyanka Chopra recalled having an unpleasant meeting with a filmmaker she met shortly after winning Miss World in 2000.
He asked her to “twirl” for him and then suggested that she needed cosmetic surgery.
She wrote: “He stared at me long and hard, assessing me, and then suggested that I get a boob job, fix my jaw, and add a little more cushioning to my butt.”
In another incident, Priyanka was on a film set and was supposed to shoot a sensual song.
However, the director emphasised that “chaddiyan dikhni chahiye (panties should be seen)” while giving the stylist a brief about her look.
Priyanka was disgusted by his tone and quit the film the next day.