"And the gap keeps increasing"
Taapsee Pannu has given her opinion on Bollywood’s pay disparity between male and female actors.
The Bollywood star said that actresses who ask for more money are seen as “difficult”, whereas if a male actor increases his fee, it is considered a sign of success.
“If a female actor asks more, she is termed difficult and problematic and if a man asks more it’s a mark of his success.
“Difference is the men who started with me earn 3-5 times more than what I do.
“And the gap keeps increasing as we go in higher star category.”
Taapsee also spoke about women-centric films being made on a lower budget, saying that the audience is also responsible for it.
She said that the audience does not celebrate female actors as much as male actors.
This results in women-centric films having lower takings at the box office.
Taapsee continued: “Even now we struggle with budgets.
“Everyone hears that since it’s a female-driven film, budgets will have to be slashed and that’s because our returns are always unfair in comparison to our male counterparts.
“And the audience is a big reason behind that.”
On the work front, Taapsee Pannu was last seen in Haseen Dillruba alongside Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane.
Taapsee plays a woman who becomes the prime suspect after her husband is killed in an explosion.
The film was released on Netflix to mixed reviews.
One critic had said that Taapsee’s “delivery is exactly the same in her films, only the costumes change”.
She then retweeted a fan’s tweet, which used abusive language towards the critic.
When asked about it, Taapsee defended her actions, saying that the critic took a “personal dig” at her.
On Twitter, she wrote: “Movie reviewing is very subjective.
“Criticism of the film and character is welcomed and helps me learn n improve which I feel I have a huge scope of but personal digs is what pulls down a critic to a troller.”
Another film critic asked Taapsee what she thought was a “personal dig”. The actress replied:
“Well Raja if u can’t find a thin line separating the two I guess we have gone far beyond being the critic of the film and become the critic of an actor in specific with the clothes bringing about the change n nothing else.
“Expect more out of the ‘intellectual’ critics.”
Taapsee made her Bollywood debut with Chashme Baddoor in 2013.
She has gone on to be one of the industry’s most prominent actresses.