I canít sit on a set pampering male ego: Kangana [ ] 14/09/2017
I canít sit on a set pampering male ego: Kangana
I canít sit on a set pampering male ego: Kangana
It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Kangana Ranaut, who has been in the news for speaking unabashedly about her life and the prejudices in the Hindi film industry, reports Midday.

As she is being labelled everything from ‘publicity hungry’ to an ‘icon of feminism’, Ranaut remains unfazed. “Why are we so wary of discussions and debate? I am told it’s bad PR, but I don’t quite understand that term,” she quips.

And just like that, the trademark Ranaut refusal to be conditioned by the society comes to the fore.
It is this very trait that has seen her rise to the top. Or as her naysayers will put it, the trait that has earned her several detractors.


It’s no wonder then that Ranaut is not willing to be a victim of Bollywood’s pay disparity either. “There are women in the industry who say that if actresses are unable to bring in crowds [in a theatre] that a male star can, how can they demand equal pay. If we, as actresses, keep instilling this inferiority complex in girls, there is no hope for better times,” she fires away, challenging the status quo, not for the first time in her career.


“Personally, my logic for remuneration has always been that I have 365 days to work, as much as any male star. An actor’s pay must be determined by the amount of work s/he does. Your gender is no yardstick for it,” she reasons.


The actor has even taken on the skewed pay disparity in her new video with AIB — even cheekily alluding to an actor who has his female co-stars’ names appearing before his in his films’ credit rolls.


“The industry isn’t just made up of four actors who have lasted through the decades. I might not have 30 years behind me. But in my 10 years, I’ve achieved significant milestones to demand a certain fee. Anybody’s film can fail and this year has shown us enough proof of that. So, let’s stop giving the opening [weekend] and closing logic,” she says, also indicating that it is the responsibility of the creative industry to trigger a change.
 
 
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