BET­TER, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Even with bet­ter pay, no Bol­ly­wood hero­ine fea­tures in world’s high­est-paid list

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh ■ prashant. singh@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

When Boy­hood (2014) ac­tor Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette made an im­pas­sioned plea for “wage equal­ity once and for all,” at the Os­cars ear­lier this year, she was sup­ported by the likes of Jen­ni­ferr Lopez and Meryl Streep. Now, as Forbes comes out with its list of World’s High­est Paid Ac­tresses 2015, it reaf­firms the thought Ar­quette was com­ing from, as the re­port also high­lights the “pay gap” (be­tween male and fe­male stars). In Bol­ly­wood for in­stance, a fe­male ac­tor earns only one sixth of what a male ac­tor does.

The mag­a­zine also notes that “not a sin­gle Bol­ly­wood ac­tress made it to the High­est-Paid Ac­tresses list, but five Bol­ly­wood ac­tors made it to the High­est-Paid Ac­tors rank­ing”. How­ever, even though the pay­cheques of Bol­ly­wood ac­tresses don’t match up to their western coun­ter­parts, their pay has been im­prov­ing.

It was re­cently re­ported that Kan­gana Ra­naut has ap­par­ently got ` 11 crore for her up­com­ing movie, Sim­ran, di­rected by Hansal Me­hta. Ex­plain­ing Ra­naut’s me­te­oric rise, Shailesh Singh, the pro­ducer of the film, says, “With Queen (2013) and Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns (TWMR), Kan­ganaKan­gan sin­gle-hand­edly set the box of­fice on fire. She de­serves to be paid as much as her male coun­ter­parts, and we are happy to pay.”

Trade ex­pert Amod Mehra says that over the past few years, the re­mu­ner­a­tions of In­dian hero­ines have dou­bled or even more. “An artiste’s fee is di­rectly pro­por­tion­ate to the kinds of re­turns he/she gets (at the box of­fice),” he says.

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