The multiple female-oriented films becoming the focus for Bollywood filmmakers in the recent past – from the 2018 Veere Di Wedding to this year’s Saand Ki Aankh – have once again triggered a conversation on pay parity in Indian cinema. Filmmaker Karan Johar has taken it upon himself to pave the way for the same. Speaking about it, Karan said, "Soon, a producer credit will be given to the women headlining the female-led films because of which they deserve to have a humongous part of the pie. When it comes to female-led films, there has never been a disparity from our end,” he said.
Contrary to what Indian cinema is often perceived to be, Karan added, “We have done profit-sharing with them in the past too. We have maintained the ethos of making sure everyone gets paid solidly for their craft, art, ability and worth. We are for a blend of commerce and art and it is something that I strongly endorse. When it comes to female-led films we have made sure that there has never been a disparity.”
He continued, “There is profit share given and in near future you will see producer credit given to women-led films. If they lead the film, they deserve it.” Addressing the criticism that his production house doesn't make unique films, Karan said, “Every year we say we are going to attempt different films, but we are doomed because no one believes us.” However, he promised that he is working towards directing and producing powerful stories featuring women protagonists. "Soon, we will announce some female-centric films for which they will be compensated completely. At Dharma Productions, we have maintained the ethos of making sure everyone, including male and female actors and technicians, gets paid solidly for their craft,” he concluded, adding brighter times are coming for Indian cinema.