LET’S CLOSE THE PAY GAP IN FILMS: SONAKSHI

The ac­tor be­lieves that fe­male stars who carry a film de­serve the same money as men

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Ac­tor Sonakshi Sinha has played some strong char­ac­ters in her films. Her voice is just as strong when speak­ing out against the pay gap in Bol­ly­wood.

Pay gap — a sit­u­a­tion where men get paid more for do­ing the same jobs that women do — is an is­sue around the world. Bol­ly­wood is no ex­cep­tion. If there’s one thing that Sonakshi wants to change in the in­dus­try, it is this. “The only thing I can think of chang­ing in Bol­ly­wood right now is the pay dis­par­ity, be­cause we’re work­ing in this day and age where films re­volv­ing around women are be­ing made,” says Sonakshi. The ac­tor has been the fe­male lead in wom­en­cen­tric films such as Akira (2016) and Lootera (2013).

Ac­tors such as Anushka Sharma, Shah Rukh Khan, Rad­hika Apte and Ka­reena Kapoor Khan have also spo­ken out against un­equal pay in the film in­dus­try.

The 29-year-old Sonakshi feels that if a fe­male ac­tor can carry a film on her own, she should get the re­mu­ner­a­tion she right­fully de­serves. “If a film­maker shows that kind of trust in a woman, and if she brings the re­turns [on in­vest­ment], you can and should give her the pay that you give to the men,” says Sonakshi.

In the re­cent past, she has spo­ken on fem­i­nism and done photo shoots to spread her be­lief in the move­ment. Al­though she feels strongly about it, the ac­tor clar­i­fies that she never took the first step to en­dorse the con­cept. But she hopes to trans­late her fem­i­nist lean­ings into con­crete ac­tion, stat­ing, “If you feel strongly about any­thing, then it shows in your ac­tions and opin­ions.”

The only thing I can think of chang­ing in Bol­ly­wood is the pay dis­par­ity, be­cause films are now be­ing made around women SONAKSHI SINHA, AC­TOR

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