‘RIGHT NOW, EQUAL PAY WILL BE UNFAIR’

Taapsee says it won’t be right till women-led films make equally big open­ing col­lec­tions as men’s films

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Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu (right) says she can only de­mand equal pay in the film in­dus­try if the open­ing box of­fice numbers of her movies are as big as her male col­leagues’ films.

The ac­tor, who re­cently fea­tured in Naam Sha­bana, said films like Queen and Mary Kom are still a rar­ity in Bol­ly­wood. “How many movies like th­ese do you ac­tu­ally come across in a year? Prob­a­bly one or two max­i­mum. It’s unfair to ask for an equal pay when you’re not get­ting an equal amount of open­ing col­lec­tion,” said Taapsee.

“The day the au­di­ence walks in the the­atre and sees a fe­male pro­tag­o­nist’s film, gives us the same amount of bumper open­ing of `10-15 crore, that day I will say we need to be paid equally,” she added.

The Pink star said that male ac­tors get­ting big­ger open­ing numbers as com­pared to fe­male ac­tors is some­thing which needs to change. “But right now it’s unfair for pro­duc­ers to give us an equal amount of money be­cause no matter how good the film is, like mine was this year’s big­gest opener for a fe­male pro­tag­o­nist film, but if you com­pare it with other male pro­tag­o­nist, they get far higher (open­ing).”

Mean­while, Taapsee, who will be next seen in Jud­waa 2, re­futed re­ports that she has been signed by Anurag Kashyap to star in his next. “Anurag Kashyap has never even ap­proached me with a script, so I don’t know what are th­ese talks of a film about. I haven’t signed any­thing. I’ll proudly an­nounce it, you don’t have to wait for any ru­mour,” she said.

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