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Actors Priyanka Chopra & Deepika Padukone Discuss Wage-gap During Film Shoots

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  •  October 1, 2015


Women actors have been continuously speaking about wage-gap in the film industry.

In a recent interview with DNA, actress Priyanka Chopra said:

“Deepika (Padukone) and I were talking about how there’s a huge disparity between men and women. Not just here, but globally, it’s not just in this business, but in any job of authority. Male CEOs get paid a lot more than female CEOs. So to be taken seriously as women, it’ll be a battle that lasts a long time. I think I always have that kind of attitude and believe Deepika has that attitude as well. People keep making fun of us on the sets, calling it our ‘big talk’. I came from a very academic background. So I didn’t initially understand the disparity between men and women so much. In my first few films, once I was told by my producer that girls are interchangeable. Hero nahi change kar sakte, but agar aapki dates match nahi kar rahi ya aap ek certain remuneration maang rahe ho, toh aap jao. Hum nayi ladki launch kar denge. I am not asking for equality. I really want there to be relevance to girls in the movie business. I am not saying treat us equally, because it’s a long way to go for India as a nation as well. But give some relevance to our minds, opinions as talents or actors. I am really happy to see all the actresses today coming together to support this cause. Whether it’s Vidya, Deepika, me, Kangana, Anushka, we sort of come together on this relevance issue, contrary to what people believe about us actresses.”

She continued,  “I think if we stand by each other, change will definitely happen.”

Absolutely true, girls!

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