On Women’s Day today, March 8, Netflix launched a new campaign titled Har Kahani Hai Zaruri to give a platform to prominent female artists to talk about femininity. Taapsee Pannu, Neena Gupta, Amruta Subhash and Mrunal Thakur came together for an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in as part of the campaign. The actresses spoke about pay disparity, equality, and the representation of women in the entertainment industry, among other things.
I GET LESS PAID THAN MY MEN COUNTERPARTS: TAAPSEE PANNU
Taapsee Pannu opened up about the pay disparity she faces in the entertainment industry. The actress said: “There has been a change in Bollywood but we are still a long way from equality. It’s a universal truth. There are pay gaps. In leadership positions, how many CEOs are women? How many women politicians are there? If you see this disparity between the male and female ration, you will understand that equality is still not there. Therefore, women’s day helps to assess this and move forward.
The actress took a cue from her own life and added, “Two or three years ago, whatever I quote, more or less the creators would give it to me. It was still way less than the male counterpart. J I had a reality check that time. I haven’t signed a film for the last two years because I was busy shooting for other films between the Covid-19 and the lockdown. I was waiting to see if people started to trust my choice. Then I can confidently ask for a hike I have done now after two years. The speed of this trajectory is different. With a man, what happens is is – a hit movie and they raise their salary like anything. With a woman, it doesn’t work like that. I have to be consistent and consistent in delivering good hit movies. I’m not talking about the A- listers but guys who started around the same time as me in the film industry they gave less hit movies than me but the amount they raised was more than what I did. So far I can’t match the salary of my male counterpart who started around the same time as me and kicked less than me.
MY CHARACTER IN BOMBAY BEGUM WAS THE STRONGEST I’VE PLAYED SO FAR: AMRUTA SUBHASH
Amruta Subhash played a strong bar dancer character in Bombay Begums. Speaking about the representation of women in the industry and how it has changed, the actress said: “I started my career in television. I did a scene on a show where my on-screen husband was hitting me The TRP was so high at that time. Because of that, the makers increased that track. There were scenes where I had to take off his shoes, take care of him when he was drunk. I was so frustrated. In Bombay, my character was a bar dancer, so people thought she was a prostitute. But she lived on her own terms. She wasn’t a damsel in distress. She always said she was from a mother first, she was one of the strongest characters I have played.
WOMEN ARE MOVING NOW: NEENA GUPTA
Neena Gupta added, “There have been a lot of changes in the industry because women are changing. They make money. New filmmakers and OTT platforms have helped us a lot. We’re getting new roles to play, so there’s been a change.
I AM A HUMAN AND I CAN DECIDE BY MYSELF: MRUNAL THAKUR
Mrunal Thakur said, “I would like to thank all the filmmakers who make films like The Great Indian Kitchen where we educate women. We were taught that if you don’t decide, someone else will decide for you. But I am a human and I can decide for myself. We need more content like this that not only reaches elite audiences, but also the masses.
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