Bollywood actresses to discuss pay disparity at MAMI

Among other power women of Bollywood, Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut to raise her voice against gender-based pay gap in the industry, a topic often brushed under the carpet

Bollywood is considered a male-dominated industry where heroes are paid way more than heroines, despite the latter having proved their mettle time and again. While pay disparity in the Hindi moviedom is an oft-neglected issue, leading actresses Kangana Ranaut and Vidya Balan along with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar will speak out about it at the ongoing MAMI film festival.

Kangana Ranaut (left) and Vidya Balan
Kangana Ranaut (left) and Vidya Balan

A source says, “Kangana and Vidya have emerged as actresses who can carry a film on their shoulders while Zoya, as a director, has delievered commercially successful films. Though producers trust their potential, they still aren’t paid at par with their male colleagues. So, who better than the trio to address the issue?”

American director-screenwriter Ava DuVernay and cinematographer Christina A Voros will join them during the session. “While the international artistes will shed light on their journey in Hollywood, the three of them will discuss women’s achievements in Bollywood and ways to encourage female talent,” adds the source.

Festival director Anupama Chopra says, “The thought behind the session is to have a conversation about how far we (women) have come and how far we can go. There shouldn’t be any disparity. They will talk about their struggles and success, too.”

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