Priyanka Chopra Doesn’t Like To Be Paid Less Than The Boys
“I don’t like the fact that I get paid less than the boys even though I’ve worked as hard as them. I don’t like the fact that the disparity is so massive.” told actress Priyanka Chopra addressing the wage gap in an interview to the BBC. The 34 year old actress was talking about how women are paid less than men for the same work and same effort. She compared the box office performances of films led by men are different than the films by women. Men leading the films fetch upto $40-50 million (around 300 crores) at the ticket window but the films led by women hardly fetch between $10 to 15 million.
According to her, this inequality can be changed only when female oriented films start doing well in box office and that can only be achieved with a change in mindset. “When the audience is ready to watch a female led film, with a woman on the poster, and make it into a $40 million film, we will get paid for it,” Priyanka told BBC.
Aamir Khan‘s Dangal and Salman Khan‘s Sultan last year did very well. And Priyanka Chopra‘s recent two films – Jai Gangaajal and Mary Kom – were female-driven and they were disappointments as box office results. At the same time, Queeen, another female oriented film starring Kangana Ranaut, performed very well at the box office which resulted in a hike in price for Kangana Ranaut. Similarly, Dear Zindagi starring Alia Bhatt and Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor, both female oriented films, did very well at the box office.
Last year, actress Kalki Koechlin told Times Of India in an interview, “You only get paid more than a man if you are Priyanka Chopra.”
Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman recently told Marie Claire UK that her salary for 2011 film No Strings Attached was a third of her co-star Ashton Kutcher’s. “I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy,” she said.
It seems like only Sofia Vergara is an exception. The modern family star made $43 million outstripping every male TV star ranked by Forbes.
Even xXx 3 star Deepika Padukone who was the tenth highest paid film actress last year in the Forbes list with $10 million – a sum that would leave her behind Harrison Ford at #20 on the list of film actors with $15 million. But it seems that she is doing well in Indian films as Deepika‘s Piku co-star Amitabh Bachchan told in an interview, “In Piku, Deepika Padukone was paid more than me. That says two things – one that she is obviously more important than me and two I have lost my price scale because I have been working for so long and maybe I am not that important now to get that kind of money.”
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