The ac­tor says he has no prob­lem if his fe­male co-stars re­ceive more money than him

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The gen­der pay gap in Bol­ly­wood re­sults from the pa­tri­ar­chal mind­set of so­ci­ety, which does not see women as he­roes, su­per­star Aamir Khan has said. The 52-year-old ac­tor, who has been at the cen­tre of some of Bol­ly­wood’s big­gest money-spin­ners, said he “strongly be­lieves” in equal­ity, but change will hap­pen only if there is a paradigm shift in so­ci­ety’s at­ti­tude. “Un­for­tu­nately, what has hap­pened is that most of our stars are male. The peo­ple who draw crowd are male and it is a re­sult of the pa­tri­ar­chal in­flu­ence on our so­ci­ety,” he said. The ac­tor said chil­dren are con­di­tioned to look at men as he­roes from a young age. “We don’t see women as he­roes. We start plant­ing th­ese thoughts in our heads since child­hood. There has to be a paradigm shift in that. I am some­one who strongly be­lieves in equal­ity whether you are man or a wo­man. But ul­ti­mately in the eco­nomics of cin­ema any­one who pulls peo­ple in will be paid higher. There is no ques­tion about it,” Aamir said.

He added that he would not mind his fe­male co-ac­tors get­ting a big­ger pay cheque. The ac­tor’s last film Dan­gal had strong women char­ac­ters and his up­com­ing Se­cret Su­per­star also has a teenage girl at the cen­tre. Asked whether he would be okay if his fe­male co-ac­tors got a big­ger pay cheque than him, Aamir said, “Any­one who has the abil­ity to fill seats gets a big­ger share in the fee. So the day she (Zaira Wasim who has acted with him in both films) will be able to fill more seats then me I won’t mind her get­ting a big­ger pay­check than mine.”

“And that is not go­ing to be de­ter­mined by her gen­der, it is the mar­ket that will de­ter­mine that. As a pro­ducer, I will want her if she is ben­e­fit­ing my film, gen­der doesn’t mat­ter. I will give her value, from a purely eco­nom­i­cal point of view,” he added.

Aamir Khan, who is all geared up with his up­com­ing film Se­cret Su­per­star, has a se­cret dream which is still to be ful­filled. Speak­ing about it Aamir shared, “My dream is to make Ma­hab­harat one day.”

Adding more to it, the Dan­gal ac­tor said, “It’s too scary as a dream, maybe that’s why. It’s a big dream and so let’s see if I can do it one day.” The film is slated to re­lease on

Oc­to­ber 19.

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