Pay dis­par­ity not gen­der-based: Richa

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There are many in the film in­dus­try who com­plain that when it comes to pay cheques, the in­dus­try is un­fair to fe­male ac­tors, who get a lot lesser than their male coun­ter­parts. But not ac­tor Richa

Chadha (above), who has a dif­fer­ent view on the mat­ter, and says that the pay isn’t gen­der-based, but in fact, is based on the stature of the star. “To be hon­est, I think ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood get the money as per their in­flu­ence at the box of­fice. And that’s fair,” says the Fukrey ac­tor.

She ex­plains, say­ing, “If I can pull in peo­ple worth a

` 100-crore col­lec­tion, then maybe I de­serve to be paid that much. Peo­ple must re­mem­ber that if they have the power to sell tick­ets, they are paid in tune.”

How­ever, she does feel that if both male and fe­male ac­tors have the same in­flu­ence, they should be paid at par. “But, if you are a fe­male ac­tor and equally pop­u­lar, then there should be no dis­par­ity,” says the ac­tor, who was in the Cap­i­tal to walk for de­signer Renyu Taan­don at the cou­ture week.

While gifted with a great sense of style, Richa’s on-screen char­ac­ters are mostly not too glam­orous. “With the kind of films I do, they don’t have the bud­get for de­signer clothes. And mostly, my (char­ac­ters) are very re­lat­able and real-life like. Also, the script de­ter­mines the cos­tumes. At least that is how I like to work,” she says.

I think ac­tors get the money in ac­cor­dance to their in­flu­ence at the box of­fice. And that’s fair

Richa Chadha, ac­tor

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