The principle that one’s skills ought to decide remuneration and not gender are a few things women around the world are fighting for. Female professionals from all walks of life have been saying that they deserve to be equal pay as their male colleagues. Actor Taapsee Pannu is also in support of pay parity however at the same time, she feels whether or not two individuals (irrespective of their gender) should be paid equally depends on their capabilities.
To explain her point of view, the actor cites herself an example. “Maintaining pay parity is extremely important and that I am in total favour of it. But right away, where I stand, I most probably cant say that I can command the same salary as my male counterpart during this or that film,” says Taapsee Pannu.
The actor adds there are certainly other factors that need to be considered too. “Some of my male co-actors get a certain amount depending on the kind of openings they can get to a film, that the money their films are making. Let me take the name of Varun [Dhawan], be it Judwaa (2017) or October, his name does bring in audiences to theatres and give films good openings. This means that good money in a few days is guaranteed to the producer. At the end of the day, it’s show business, you earn money to make money,” she says adding everyone is here to earn a living and make as much money as possible. After all, according to her, the profit one is making from a film will be used to make his or her next.
“I can’t suddenly say that because I am acting opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan… I should get the same salary as theirs. Because of I won’t get the audience to the theatres the maximum amount as they'll. The day I command that kind of popularity and power to draw audiences in my name, the day my film opens well and filmgoers come in to watch both me and my male co-star, that day I will say I demand the same salary,” she adds.