You get paid what you de­serve: Farah

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While many hero­ines have cried gen­der in­equal­ity in terms of how much they’re paid, film­maker Farah Khan says one’s earn­ing should be ac­cord­ing to what one gen­er­ates. She finds noth­ing wrong in A-list male ac­tors making big bucks as com­pared to their fe­male coun­ter­parts, as long as their box of­fice fig­ures match what they get paid.

“You get paid what you de­serve, ac­cord­ing to the money that your movie gen­er­ates. I get much more than a lot of male direc­tors and I also get less than some. But I get paid what I de­serve and what I ask for,” she says, adding, “I feel it’s a busi­ness model. To­day if Shah Rukh Khan or Sal­man (Khan) gen­er­ate `300 crore, they will not be paid the same as a hero­ine, who gen­er­ates `50 crore.”

The 50-year-old film­maker adds that this is­sue has also come up be­cause Hol­ly­wood is talk­ing about it, “It’s also about too many peo­ple want­ing to copy Hol­ly­wood.”

Mean­while, Farah was re­cently hon­oured at the 37th Cairo In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for her film Om Shanti Om (2007). She says, “This is not like a com­pet­i­tive award, this is a big award there which they give for ex­cel­lence in cin­ema to one film­maker ev­ery year.”

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