‘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
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