But jumping to conclusions about terrorism was equally dangerous, she said. “In America it is easy to frame a brown girl” like Alex, she added. Priyanka’s ability to carry such a complex character has opened other more meaty roles, with the actress playing the baddie in the new Baywatch film due for release in May. “I make the good guys’ lives miserable,” he said with some relish. Having campaigned to close the gender pay gap in Bollywood, she credits her mother, a doctor who served in the Indian army, for helping forge her feminist principles. “She raised me to be the kind of girl who thinks, who has opinions too. For so many years women were told to act a certain way, to dress a certain way, to think a certain way, even not to think at all. People misconstrue the word feminism. It is not hating men, or making men small. It is just saying, ‘We want our independence to make our own choices the way men have done for so long’,” she said. Nor did it stop her having the phrase “Daddy’s lil girl” tattooed on her wrist after her father, who was also an army doctor, died three years ago. “It is in his handwriting,” she said. Born in Jamshedpur in Bihar in northeast India, Priyanka has already more than 50 films to her name and is proud of how Bollywood films “are now being seen worldwide.” And she has absolutely no intention to turn her back on her homeland despite her US success. She works there as a UNICEF ambassador and for the UN’s Girls Up campaign, and her own foundation run by her mother supports underprivileged girls across India. “Philanthropy is not something to do because I’m a famous person, but because I was raised like that” with a strong spirit of public service, she insisted.