Women have been killing it at the movies from the past few years. From Vidya Balan‘s Kahaani to Alia Bhatt‘s Raazi, B-Town actresses have managed to bring people out of their homes and into theatres to fill up those seats. If we were to ask about the investments that these female-centric films get, it’s still far less than what the men in the industry have been getting.
The conversation about pay parity has been brought to the forefront thanks to Sonam Kapoor who openly discussed how a female-centric movie like Veere Di Wedding wasn’t issued a huge budget like it was for a Varun Dhawan and John Abraham starrer Dishoom. Recently, Alia was asked about such pay parity in an interview with DNA, and here’s what she had to say,
Investing money in a film is directly co-related to the people you are bringing to the theatre. I’m not delusional that the same number of viewers who go to watch Varun’s movies will come to see my work. He has a wider reach than me. That’s why I can’t expect that the same amount of money, which is invested in his solo-starrers, is invested in mine, too. Also, it’s the subject that makes a film viable. We can’t be categorical about everything because every actor and movie is different.
On asked whether she would willingly slash her fees if she really wanted to be part of a project she said that she would find a way around it.
Never say never, but I won’t let go of a movie that I like because of remuneration. I’ll find a way around it. I’ll still do it because the emotional attachment to my work is way more than the monetary one.
Well… now we know that Alia is all heart!