Pay disparity has been one of the most debated and discussed topics in India and over the time, many celebrities have expressed their opinion in this regard. Some time ago, Priyanka Chopra opened up on the issue of pay disparity for actresses in Bollywood and said that after being in the industry for more than 22 years, she is now getting equal pay as her male counterparts and that too for her latest web show Citadel.
PeeCee added that she could not ask for equal pay when she was working prominently in India, all she could ask for was a little bit more than what she was being paid but even this demand was not fulfilled.
Recently, Bollywood actress Rakul Preet Singh also talks on the same issue and she has a very different opinion in this regard. She feels that pay should be decided on the basis of how much crowd an actor or actress is pulling to theatres and not based on gender.
Here’s what Rakul Preet Singh said,
“This is a very difficult topic. There’s no one answer to it, and I have a very different opinion on it. When Priyanka Chopra spoke about disparity, today she’s become a global icon and can pull crowds to theaters.
What really needs to happen is that your pay needs to be decided on how much crowd you’re pulling to theaters as opposed to your gender – that’s more important because when we stop having these questions or conversations on pay parity based on men and women, then the scenario would change.”
She further says, “Are you creating good content? Is the audience excited to see your film? Whether you’re a male actor, female actor, character actor, whoever… if you’re attracting an audience, you should be paid based on some proportional math, but not on gender.”
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