We need to fight for our rights, says Swara If you see in Hol­ly­wood, women are tak­ing up this whole ques­tion of equal­ity. Why can’t Bol­ly­wood take its cue from them? SWARA BHASKAR, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Swara Bhaskar says that Bol­ly­wood can only progress when fe­male ac­tors be­come a lit­tle more as­sertive

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Whether it is nepo­tism, fem­i­nism or sex­ism, ac­tor Swara Bhaskar

(right) has never held back from ex­press­ing her views on sen­si­tive sub­jects. While most ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood are ac­quainted with the preva­lence of pay disparity in the in­dus­try, very few ac­tu­ally muster the courage to come out and talk about it. Swara, how­ever, has been quite vo­cal in this re­gard.

Rooting for “equal pay for equal work”, Swara says, “I am not say­ing that if I, be­ing a fe­male ac­tor, work for 10 days, I should ex­pect the pay that an ac­tor gets for 100 days of work. But def­i­nitely, if I am work­ing for 100 days, then I am expected to get an equal amount of pay as my male coun­ter­part.”

It’s not just the ques­tion of money that Swara feels needs to be ad­dressed. The ac­tor, who has worked in films such as Raan­jhanaa (2013) Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and Anaarkali of Aarah, says that even the roles be­ing of­fered to fe­male ac­tors need to be at par with men. Although Swara agrees that things are slowly chang­ing, she adds that there will be more progress only when fe­male ac­tors start be­ing a lit­tle more as­sertive.

“One thing is for sure, no­body is go­ing to put that on a plate for you. [Fe­male ac­tors] re­ally have to fight for what we want. If you see in Hol­ly­wood, women are tak­ing up this whole ques­tion of equal­ity. I think that’s fan­tas­tic, so why can’t Bol­ly­wood take a cue from them?” says the ac­tor, stat­ing that no move­ment gains mo­men­tum un­less peo­ple fight for it. “No­body gave black peo­ple civil rights in the ’50s on a plat­ter; they suf­fered for a very long time. The same thing goes for the dal­its too, so it holds true for women in films too,” says Swara.

On the work front, Swara will next be seen in Veerey Di Wed­ding, which also stars Sonam Kapoor and Ka­reena Kapoor Khan.

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