WILL HERO­INES GET THEIR DUE?

The pay par­ity in Hol­ly­wood may be the be­gin­ning. We ex­plore if this will re­flect in Bol­ly­wood

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son sure did a swell job in the su­per­hero fran­chise — Avengers: Age Of Ul­tron, and it’s only right that she got paid as much as Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth in the movie. All that equal pay revo­lu­tion in Hol­ly­wood sud­denly makes sense! How­ever, looks like Bol­ly­wood still has a long way to go.

Apart from a fixed amount that an A-list ac­tor charges for each film, they also get a per­cent­age of profit from the films that they are in­volved in. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, ac­tor Aamir Khan charges `20 crore for a film, plus 33% of the prof­its that the film makes. Sim­i­larly, an­other A-lis­ter charges `20 crore for his film as well as takes 50% of the prof­its of his co-pro­duc­tions. On the other hand, fe­male ac­tors such as Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Cho­pra and Ka­t­rina Kaif among oth­ers re­port­edly charge be­tween `3-8 crore per film. “You can ar­gue and say that a Kan­gana or a Deepika are earn­ing more than what an Im­ran or R Mad­hvan are earn­ing. But we have to ad­mit that the film in­dus­try is still male dom­i­nated. There’s still a long way to go for fe­male ac­tors to reach where an Aamir or a Sal­man are, and can de­mand that kind of money and be in­volved at the profit shar­ing level as well,” says trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han.

In­ter­est­ingly, things did change for the bet­ter for fe­male ac­tors af­ter it was re­ported that Kan­gana Ra­naut has in­creased her fee to `11 crore per film. Film­maker Anand L Rai says that while there’s still a big dis­par­ity, he is cer­tain that things will change. “It will be a slow process and with films such as Piku and Queen, things are im­prov­ing and that day is not far when a hero­ine will prob­a­bly de­mand as much as an ac­tor,” he says.

Ac­tor Nim­rat Kaur feels an ac­tor should be paid on the ba­sis of their pop­u­lar­ity. “I feel at the end of the day, an ac­tor should be paid ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of au­di­ences that they can draw to a the­atre. If one looks at en­ter­tain­ment as a busi­ness, then re­gard­less of their gen­der, they should be paid ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of tick­ets they sell,” she says.

The re­mu­ner­a­tion dif­fer­ence is in­sane. We have strong fe­male per­form­ers, and the day fe­ma­le­ori­ented films do well at the BO, it’ll lead to a change —Priyanka Cho­pra, ac­tor

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