Even when I do films like Badla, I had more working days or scenes so to say than Mr. Bachchan. He was the hero of the film, I was the antagonist.
Taapsee Pannu was recently spotted on Neha Dhupia’s show. The actress who is always known to express her views spoke a lot on the show. She revealed some interesting things about her. From talking about Kangana Ranaut to her most embarrassing moment, Taapsee just spoke everything. On asking about the pay gap, not being credited enough for her work and more, Taapsee said that when she is paid only 5% to 10% of my heroes, of course, it bothers her. The success at the box office will make sure the next film she gets paid a lot which is slowly moving towards equalizing that difference. Rules are quite unfair, not just in this industry but maybe in every other industry. Because we are here, we see it more. But the rules are different everywhere. And that’s what the fight is for, that’s what the struggle is right now, the whole issue of gender equality is that let’s make the rules equal. The actress is not asking for an edge over them, she is asking for equality.
Talking about Badla, where the movie actually revolved around her character but Mr. Amitabh Bachchan got more credit, Taapsee said, “Even when I do films like Badla, I had more working days or scenes so to say than Mr. Bachchan. He was the hero of the film, I was the antagonist. But the antagonist has more presence in the film than the protagonist. But eventually the film releases, they call it an Amitabh Bachchan film. Yes, when I raise my voice and say I’ve done almost equal if not more, that’s when people recognised and started taking my name because it’s such a male-dominated industry, they don’t even realise that I might have done more work actually. It was called Sir’s film, it won’t be called a female film regardless of the fact that I have more scenes, it will be called an Amitabh Bachchan film and the credit will go there.”
Taapsee further added that it hurts her to see this disparity but she is not going to be unreasonable and ask for an equal amount of money right away, she would rather wait and do things to equalize the box office and then expect them to pay her and honestly, they will. They are happily playing her because she is sensibly raising it, not just wanting to equalize it right away but balancing it with her box office success.
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