Bollywood actresses who spoke about the gender pay gap

Female actors who called out wage disparity in Bollywood

Gone are the days when women faced unfair practices and were forced to remain silent. Today women are well aware of the right to equality and after struggling for years, they are able to speak for women empowerment and equal pay in every field. Bollywood too has not been untouched by the distinction between women and men. Yes, actresses have been paid less for acting than actors in Bollywood, although they may have been entitled to equal pay. Although some strong actresses of the film industry have openly raised their voice against it and she has been successful in reducing the pay disparity to a great extent. Let us know about such actresses who have raised their voices for equal pay.

1. Priyanka Chopra: Priyanka Chopra, one of the beautiful actresses of Bollywood, needs no introduction today. Priyanka Chopra has not only made her mark in Bollywood but has also showcased her talent at the international level. The actress believes that this is a global problem. The actress, during an interaction with ANI, said that the gender pay gap exists in every field. Be it Bollywood or Hollywood or the business sector, where men are paid more than women. Priyanka said that I think this is a big problem and it is not limited only to the film industry but also to other sectors. Let us tell you that during The Kapil Sharma Show, the actress said that, in the film industry, people talk about how much money I get for how many minutes, but no one counts zero on the checks of male actors.

2. Anushka Sharma: From an army background to building her own film production house, Anushka Sharma has come a long way. With her strong acting and captivating performances, Anushka managed to leave her mark in the hearts of the audience in a very short time. The actress has several times raised her voice on the pay gap in the entertainment world. During an interview, the actress had said that in the film industry, we are paid one-fourth of the actors. Second, our career is very short. In this too, from clothes to other things, we spend the most, about 30 to 40 per cent of our earnings go into it. In such a situation, you cannot earn so much money in such a short time. The actress said that an actor gets more charges in films because he is an actor.

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3. Kareena Kapoor Khan: Being in the film industry for more than a decade, Kareena Kapoor has faced a lot of issues like stereotypes compared to her co-stars or not getting paid as much as an actor. The actress once, during a conversation in one of the talk shows, questioned the fact that actresses in the film industry are not paid the same salary as compared to actors, saying that actors in Hollywood often leave films when they come to know that their the actress working together is not getting equal money. In such a situation, shouldn’t the actors of the Hindi film industry also raise their voices for equal pay to the actresses?

4. Deepika Padukone: Due to her beauty and strong acting, Deepika Padukone is one of the most talented and top actresses of Bollywood today. Let us tell you that the actress turned down a film due to less payment than the co-star. This was disclosed by the actress during an event when the talk of the actress getting paid less than the male co-actor at the event arose.

The actress said that she turned down a film only because she was getting paid much less than her male co-star in the film. He had said that I am aware of my track record and my worth. I know that many films have not done better than my films, so there is no basis for this. I didn’t mind refusing to act in that film because I got it wrong. The actress had said, ‘I don’t think I will be able to live with the fact that I was a part of a film and I was paid less despite doing equal work with the actor.’

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Jagisha Arora

MA in History and has worked as a freelance writer. She writes on issues of gender, caste and democracy.
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