BOL­LY­WOOD’S BRIDG­ING THE GAP NOW

The ta­bles have turned; fe­male ac­tors are de­mand­ing a big­ger pay pack while male ac­tors’ fees are on a downslide

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

We’ve been telling you for a while now that fe­male ac­tors are not happy with the dis­par­ity in pay in Bol­ly­wood, and it now ap­pears that they’re out to get what they want. While there have been re­ports of ac­tors Kan­gana Ra­naut and Deepika Padukone in­creas­ing their fees, male ac­tors such as Em­raan Hashmi and Saif Ali Khan have slashed theirs.

“Af­ter de­liv­er­ing a spate of flops, Em­raan has slashed his fee for the Azhar biopic to ` 4 crore in­stead of his usual ` 11 crore,” a source was quoted as say­ing ear­lier, while Saif has also cut down his fee af­ter de­liv­er­ing flops such as Humshakals (2014) and Happy End­ing (2014).

Trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han says that the rea­sons not- with­stand­ing, this has lev­elled the pay field. “There has al­ways been a de­bate on how the pay struc­ture of ac­tors and ac­tresses are dif­fer­ent. This will help bridge the gap,” he says. Pro­ducer Kr­ishika Lulla agrees. “It’s good that ac­tors are de­creas­ing their fees. I think it’s bet­ter if they share the profit,” she says. Another fac­tor that is con­tribut­ing to clos­ing the gap is the suc­cess of women-cen­tric films, says ac­tor-pro­ducer Ajay Devgn. “Things are chang­ing now that women-cen­tric films are do­ing well. Ac­tresses are get­ting paid pro­por­tion­ally,” he says. “Ear­lier, the au­di­ences were more drawn to male stars in the lead and that is why they were paid more. Now, they like fe­male leads too, which is why their pay packs are get­ting bet­ter,” says film­maker Pri­tish Nandy.

Deepika Padukone has upped

her fee con­sid­er­ably, to ` 7.5crore

per film

Kan­gana Ra­naut is also de­mand­ing a fat­ter pay packet

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