Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra are currently promoting their film “Jabariya Jodi" which is scheduled to release on Eid. As film promotions include lots of interviews and press meetups, Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra are also busy doing press junkets. In a recent interview for the promotions of ‘Jabariya Jodi’ Parineeti Chopra made a statement that has clearly outraged the internet. According to Parineeti Chopra, although actresses are not paid as much as the actors but they make up by bagging brand endorsements. According to Parineeti Chopra, the brand endorsements make up for the pay parity.
Parineeti's Comments on Pay Parity:
In a video segment with Film Companion, Parineeti said,
"I always felt like I deserved a little bit more but I only got this much. But then we make it up with endorsements. Girls do a lot of endorsements so we kind of make it up. So that is why I never talk about it (pay parity) because the boys don't do as many endorsements as girls. I hope I'm right. We do so many beauty commercials and hair commercials like so many brands and I think we kind of cover it up."
who cares about pay parity when you can do beauty and hair commercials pic.twitter.com/vk36eCeiqE— zara (@reigningbhatt) August 5, 2019
Did you know?
Kareena Kapoor was dropped from ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ for demanding as much money as Shah Rukh Khan. This has come as a shock to many women who have been fighting for equal pay. According to Forbes 2017, top male actors in Bollywood earn at least five times more than the top female actresses. Karan Johar wrote in his film ‘An Unsuitable Boy’ that he dropped Kareena Kapoor from his famous film ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ because she demanded as much money as the main lead Shah Rukh Khan. That role was later taken up by Preity Zinta. Karan Johar and Kareena Kapoor remained on no speaking terms for almost a year after this incident.
Many Bollywood actresses have spoken about pay parity
This issue has been raised by many Bollywood actresses in the past including Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, and Kangana Ranaut. In today’s time and age when films with female protagonists are being made it is awkward that they are not paid as much as their male counterparts.
So basically you are working more to "make up" for the lesser pay. She said it herself.. But couldn't hear herself it seems.— Maaya (@mohmaaya) August 5, 2019
According to Sonam Kapoor, now women also have the same star value as men and many people come to watch films in their names so why not pay them equally.
According to Kangana Ranaut who has mostly done films with her role as the main protagonist. She said, “My male counterparts are paid thrice the amount. No one can guarantee the success of a film so why such discrimination?”
Aditi Rao Hydari:
Aditi Rao Hydari
Actress Aditi Rao Hydari stated, ‘I don’t really understand why we are paid less than the male actors because we put equal efforts.’
Parineeti Chopra’s statement has upset social media users:
Many social media users were shocked and upset at Parineeti's statements.
Has she lost it— Amit (@DrAmit_79) August 6, 2019
Parineeti really needs a better PR team. She can't help making a complete fool of herself, can she? https://t.co/4hnDxVJrI7— Bhaskar Chawla (@BhaskarSirius) August 5, 2019
However, Parineeti Chopra had addressed pay parity before, some pointed out:
According some of Parineeti's stans, she had been talking about pay parity before. "It's not proportionate is not for the women," Parineeti had said during promoting Meri Pyaari Bindu.
Parineeti talks about pay parity all the time but no one will talk about this lol pic.twitter.com/oDkdrKajUc— ā (@leftoverfluff) August 5, 2019
However in this context, Parineeti was speaking about payment scales for women and not parity exactly i.e. she was referring to how women weren't paid proportionate to the audiences they bring in and not exactly the wage gap.
In today’s time and age, when unequal wages is considered one of the major issues world-wide Parineeti Chopra’s statement has appeared to be disturbing. According to social media users, if women make up for the money by working in beauty endorsements and commercials it is exploitation. It means that women have to work for extra hours to make the same amount of money as their male colleagues.
Heroines today are carrying the load of the films on their shoulders today. They are not reduced to a girl dancing around the hero in a film anymore. The success of films like “Veere di Wedding’, ‘Padmavat’, ‘Neerja’ and ‘Queen’ has proved that it is the time of content now. The bottom line surely is that gender roles are last century hence the actresses should be paid at par with the actors.