Pay parity or rather disparity in Bollywood has been a raging topic of discussion. Women in this industry don't get paid as per as the actors in the films despite having meatier roles in them. In fact, there is hardly any film which doesn't need an actress to add meat to the proceedings in whatever capacity. Finally, Shah Rukh Khan has spoken up about it. The actor in his interview with the Economic Times discusses whether or not females are getting their due. SRK says, "It’s a male-dominated industry. You can’t shirk it away or ignore it. I would love it to be different. There should be no disparity. A male actor and a female actor should get the same fees — why is it different, I don’t know. But I would also add that no actor — male or female — should over-estimate their performance. No individual — be it director or actor — should burden the film’s expense by charging an amount that goes beyond the performance of the film’s opening weekend."
This quote of Shah Rukh Khan reminds us of something that Salman Khan had said when it was heard that Madhuri Dixit was paid more than him in Hum Aapke Hain Koun! He had said, "See, it’s all about what people want to see. The busier you get, the more the people want to see you, that’s how your price increases. So, if you can pull off a film on your own and the producer/distributors make that money, then they have no problem sharing that money with you. You can’t demand, you need to command that.”
Clearly, they want talent to govern the paycheque. We agree but that should be the case with male actors as well. If the box office return is supposed to be the yardstick, why don't their paycheques reflect the same when their films are working pretty well. Case in point is Raazi and Veere Di Wedding!
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