Bhumi Pednekar Opens Up On Pay Disparity In Bollywood; Says, ‘Not Paid As Much As Male Counterpart’
The pay disparity among actresses is an issue in Bollywood that often makes headlines. Now, the controversy started as Priyanka Chopra recently talked about it in an interview with the BBC.
She mentioned how it took 22 years for her to get paid as much as her male counterparts. Talking about the same in a recent roundtable, Bhumi Pednekar, Huma Qureshi, Tamannah Bhatia, Rakul Preet Singh and Alaya F shared their views on how pay disparity continues to affect the careers of heroines.
Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who recently made headlines with her recent release Govinda Naam Mera, opened up on pay disparity and her statement is going viral on the internet.
She suggested that the change cannot come from fighting for it. As per the Indian Express report, she said, “I could have as many Rs 100 or 200 crore films as my male-costar. I may be appreciated for my work but it’s a norm that I will not be paid as close to what he is being paid. And it won’t change with us fighting. It has to happen from every aspect. The disparity was also in the west but the men there stood up for women. They said either they will take a pay cut or get them the same remuneration. And while I don’t want anyone to stand up for me, there has to be empathy. One needs to acknowledge the issue.”
She compared the situation with Hollywood and said, “The disparity was also in the west but the men there stood up for women. They said either they will take a pay cut or get them the same remuneration.”
She further shared how people want them to feel thankful for getting good roles. “If the budget is 125 crore, the males get a good two-digit figure but then they want me to be thankful. You have come to me because I add a certain amount of credibility but they always make it sound like an opportunity.”
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