Taapsee Pannu on pay disparity in Bollywood: ‘Men who started with me earn 3-5 times more than what I do’

Published on Jul 04, 2021 12:47 PM IST

Taapsee Pannu talked about the gender pay gap in Bollywood and how male actors who started their careers at the same time as her make significantly more money than she does.

Taapsee Pannu was most recently seen in Haseen Dillruba.
Taapsee Pannu was most recently seen in Haseen Dillruba.

Taapsee Pannu weighed in on the pay disparity between male and female actors. She said that female actors who ask for more money are seen as ‘difficult’, while if a male actor hikes his fee, it is considered a sign of success.

In a new interview, Taapsee Pannu also talked about women-centric films being made on a lower budget, and how the audience is responsible for it as well.

Speaking to The National Bulletin, Taapsee said, “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 said that the audience does not celebrate female actors as much as male actors, resulting in lower box office collections for women-centric films. “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 audience is a big reason behind that,” she said.

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Recently, Taapsee was seen in Vinil Mathew’s Haseen Dillruba, alongside Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane. She plays a woman who becomes the prime suspect after her husband dies in a cylinder explosion. The film, which came out directly on Netflix, has received mixed reviews.

Taapsee made her Bollywood debut with Chashme Baddoor in 2013, although she appeared in a number of Tamil and Telugu films before that. Her line-up of films includes Deepak Sundarajan’s Tamil film with Vijay Sethupathi; Shabaash Mithu, which is based on the life of cricketer Mithali Raj; Looop Lapeta, the remake of the German hit Run Lola Run; Rashmi Rocket; and Anurag Kashyap’s Dobaaraa.

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