At the recently held 21st JIO Mami Film Festival 2019, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karan Johar joined in for a chat session with over 500 live audiences on a public platform. Where during the conversation a female journalist decided to question on one of the most debated topics in Bollywood, pay disparity.
The journalist pointing to both the actresses on the podium, Kareena and Alia questioned, “You both are at the peak of your stardom. Do you ever have to walk out of a film or compromise because you’re getting paid less than your male co-star?” To which Kareena replied, “There were probably different reasons of walking out of films, but not because of this particular reason.” But she further added, “I’d love to get paid as much as my male co-stars though”.
Alia on the same topic simply stated, “I’m very happy with what I’m getting paid and the god has been great.” without wanting to comment more on the controversial topic.
While Karan Johar went for a detailed analysis on the topic and said,
“There is a larger understanding of the economics of movies that sometimes is lesser known by people who don’t understand the business and how it functions. Many times, people make sweeping statements about it. I’m the first person who’ll always want to pay what is completely right and justified and valid. I’ve always done it. But I feel there’s a larger understanding of the budget versus the verticals that you sell on digital and satellite that are driven by different data”
Kjo further added, “There are many women who deserve much more money than the men and there are men who have earned that because of their talent and just the work they have put in. So, it’s very subjective and cannot be just put into one strong slot. While I’m all about equality, there are larger optics to look at where we have to.”
Well we hope that we get to witness the day soon, when Bollywood which has been openly vocal about gender equality off late, takes up one of the root issue of pay disparity into note and act on it. As it will ultimately result in their vision towards gender equality.