aapsee Pannu cannot ask for the same salary as Amitabh Bachchan, Varun Dhawan and Akshay Kumar as my name doesn’t bring people to the cinemas – Not only in Bollywood but across various industries, female professionals are fighting for their right to get paid equally as their male counterparts. In fact, pay parity has become the burning topic in B-town to an extent where the actresses are no longer hesitant to voice their opinion. After all, it is all about getting what you deserve irrespective of the gender. And actress Taapsee Pannu is the latest celebrity to speak about pay parity and her point of view makes sense. Taapsee is definitely in support of being paid equally but at the same time, the Pink actress feels that people (irrespective of their gender) should be paid as per their capabilities.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, citing her the example of her own film, she said, “Maintaining pay parity is very important and I am in total favour of it. But right now, where I stand, I probably can’t say that I can command the same salary as my male counterparts in this or that film. Some of my male co-actors get a certain amount depending on the kind of openings they can get to a film, that the money their films are making. Let me take the name of Varun [Dhawan], be it Judwaa (2017) or October, his name does bring in audiences to theatres and give films good openings. This means that good money in a few days is guaranteed to the producer. At the end of the day, it’s show business, you earn money to make money.”
Taking Varun Dhawan, Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan as examples, she explained that since won’t be able to bring people to the cinemas as much as they would, she can’t ask for the same salary as them. However, Taapsee, who will next be seen in Badla, said that once she gains that kind of popularity and power to draw audiences with her name, and the day her films open well and filmgoers enter theatres only to watch her along with her male lead, will she demand the same salary.