Taapsee Pannu on pay disparity in Bollywood: At least people have started talking about it – Known for doing films like Holiday, Pink, Naam Shabana and the recent Judwaa 2, Taapsee Pannu is certainly one of the most sought-after leading ladies in Bollywood currently. The actress is currently shooting in Amritsar for her next film Manmarziyan, which also stars Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal.
Considering the issue of pay disparity has become a debatable topic around the world, Taapsee opened up about it in a recent interview. While speaking to Hindustan Times, the actress said, “It’s being highlighted by a lot of people lately, which is good. At least people have started talking about it. It’s not just prevalent in this industry, but everywhere. Talking about my profession, I’d love to get paid the same as my co-actors.
But I also need to question myself if it’s fair. I can’t forcefully burden the producer asking for equal amount of money, if it is not me who is fetching the audience in the theatres. Our industry is so star-driven. The day I became a star and when the audience come to theatres thinking ‘yeh iski movie hai toh dekhne chalte hai’, which they do with most of our male actors. The day that happens, then I will be able to command equal amount of pay.”
She further added, “At least in a month, I get three to four women-oriented scripts, but you can only take this much in a year. We are still in the budding phase. You’ve to be careful about making the right decisions because you are laying the base for something that can be become big in the future. I am careful while choosing women-oriented films because I really want them to work especially for the future.”