The pay disparity in the Bollywood industry has always been a hot topic among the B-town ladies. That there is a visible discrimination between genders when it comes to the kind of work done and the remuneration paid is evident. Although many women have come out in open about the differential treatment meted out to them, there doesn’t seem to be any notable change yet.
Now, Sonam Kapoor opened up the ‘ridiculous’ pay gap with ‘Mid-Day’. The actor also talked about how the depiction of women in films has improved but becoming an equal industry will take time.
“The pay gap is ridiculous. I can stand up to it, but then I don’t get those roles, and I’m okay with that. I can afford to do that. I realised over the past two or three years that I have no right to judge anybody. I’m privileged, so making difficult choices isn’t really difficult,” she said.
Sonam Kapoor will be soon seen in a film titled ‘Blind’, backed by Sujoy Ghosh. The actor plays a blind police officer who’s out there investigating a serial killer.
Taapsee Pannu had also spoken about the pay gap, in a recent interview with the ‘National Bulletin’. The actor, who was last seen in ‘Haseen Dillruba’ on Netflix, said, “If a female actor asks for more remuneration, she is termed difficult and problematic, and if a man asks more it’s a mark of his success. Difference is, the men who started with me earn 3-5 times more than what I do. And the gap keeps increasing as we go in the higher star category.”
She also mentioned that the audience does not celebrate female actors as much as male actors, resulting in lower box office collections for women-centric films. “Even now, we struggle with budgets. Everyone hears that since it’s a female-driven film, budgets will have to be slashed and that’s because our returns are always unfair in comparison to our male counterparts. And the audience is a big reason behind that,” she said.
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