‘I DE­SERVE TO BE THE HIGH­EST PAID AC­TRESS’

Kan­gana Ra­naut, who has charged ` 11 crore for a film, says it’s jus­ti­fied since she ded­i­cates an en­tire year to a pro­ject

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She has de­liv­ered big hits like Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns and Queen (2013), and ac­tor Kan­gana Ra­naut says that it is jus­ti­fied for her to ask for more re­mu­ner­a­tion, be­cause she de­serves it. “I think the kind of films and roles I do takes a whole year ... I think it (ask­ing for more money) is jus­ti­fied. At some point, we have to come to that place where we are equally (as much as male ac­tors) paid. This is a small step ... we are headed in that di­rec­tion,” says the 28-year-old.

The ac­tor has ap­par­ently been paid ` 11 crore for an up­com­ing movie. Re­ports sug­gest that with this fig­ure, she has beaten ac­tors Priyanka Cho­pra and Deepika Padukone in the race to be the Bol­ly­wood’s high­est paid fe­male star.

Kan­gana has of­ten openly spo­ken about the dis­par­ity be­tween the re­mu­ner­a­tion for male and fe­male ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood, “There is a huge dis­par­ity be­tween the re­mu­ner­a­tion of an ac­tor and ac­tress... it will take time (to re­duce the gap). Male ac­tors get into pro­duc­tion, share prof­its and are in­volved in some ca­pac­ity which is eco­nom­i­cal and re­source­ful. These things suit them as they have made a place for them­selves, they have com­mand over the box of­fice.” she ex­plains.

Asked if she plans to ask for a share in prof­its, like Sal­man Khan does, and she says, “Not now, may be af­ter some­time.” Kan­gana has Vishal Bhadr­waj’s Rangoon, Hansal Me­hta’s Sim­ran and Ketan Me­hta’s biopic on war­rior queen Rani Laxmibai lined up, and her dates are booked till 2017. But the ac­tor feels that her busy sched­ule has more to do with her style of work­ing. “Ear­lier, peo­ple used to do two-three films to­gether but I don’t do it that way. It may sound like I don’t have dates till 2017, but I work on one film at a time. These are few films, but they take a whole year each. The re­lease date has be­come im­por­tant.”

Her up­com­ing film with Im­ran Khan is a mys­tery thriller, she re­veals. “From the pro­mos, peo­ple feel that it is a mod­ern love story. But it’s much more than that. Although it un­folds like a thriller, it is ba­si­cally a love story,” she says, adding, “Aamir Khan loved the film. Those who have seen it are ac­tu­ally lov­ing the in­no­va­tive nar­ra­tive.”

We have to come to that place where we are paid equally (like ac­tors). This is a small step ... we are headed in that di­rec­tion

Kan­gana Ra­naut, ac­tor

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