Salman Khan does it again! An out and out, gutsy response to all the gender disparity talk that has been going on in Bollywood.
While the actresses are demanding equal pay and media is turning this discussion into a nationwide debate, here is what Salman Khan has to say, whoever brings more money at BO gets paid more, well we find his logic right. What about you?
Salman said, "The question is, who is pulling those people into a theatre?" asks Khan, adding, "If a female star is getting those many people and the producer is making money, the exhibitor and distributor are all making money, then obviously they (female actors) will get that much money ... but if it's a male star, then he will get it."
He points about all the male actors who are getting paid lesser than many actresses in the industry, he said, "There are so many male stars who get a lot less than many female stars ... there are male stars in the Rs 1 to 3 crore bracket, and there are lots of female stars in the Rs 5 to 7 crore bracket ... that's also there, right?
"Uske bare mein koi kyun nahi bolta? So this whole female stars-male stars debate is bulls**t. Whoever is selling, and as much he or she is selling, will get that much."
Aditi Rao Hydari:
I don't really understand why we are paid less than the male actors because we put equal efforts and recent past has shown that actresses can deliver a hit film. We deserve better pay, equal to what actors get.
"The male actors do get paid a lot more. There is a tremendous disparity in remuneration between male and female actors. The remuneration difference is insane as the disparity is big. I feel we have strong female performers, and the day female-oriented films do well at the box office it will lead to it (change in remuneration of female actors).
"I think we will be able to command a remuneration that we deserve... It will be a slow and steady thing but it will happen,"
Bollywood looks only at the Box Office numbers. If the film earns money, it is usually because of the hero and the director. It is about Salman and Shah Rukh Khan. But things have changed a lot for heroines now, though not completely. An actress can demand a better remuneration. Unlike the bygone era, characters don't matter now. I'm lucky to say that good characters and good films. But yes, compared to actors we didn't get much.
Advaita Kala (Writer Of Kahaani):
Gender inequality isn't specifically about remuneration. However, since it is completely contractual, nobody has access to first-hand information. But from what I have heard, actors do get more. This is industry practise. This comes from the fact that female centric films dont earn enough at the Box office. It is 'the hero who gets Box office numbers. It would be nice to see actresses getting a certain per cent of the money made at the box office too.
The question is, who is pulling those people into a theatre?" asks Khan, adding, "If a female star is getting those many people and the producer is making money, the exhibitor and distributor are all making money, then obviously they (female actors) will get that much money ... but if it's a male star, then he will get it."
"The patriarchal thinking is to blame for the status of women in society. We are all born with it. The feeling that men are superior," he told.