BETTER, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Even with better pay, no Bollywood heroine features in world’s highest-paid list
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.