Published On: Sat, Dec 26th, 2015

Why there is gander based wage gap across the globe?

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A report has been released which states about the earnings of Bollywood luminaries and it claims that the three superstars of Bollywood, Salman, Shahrukh and Aamir, ears more than any other actor in the Indian film industry, each earning between INR 40-45 crore per film.

It is not a shocking revelation, but there is a huge difference between the male and female leading stars in Bollywood.

It is reported that the young Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor earns 20-25 crore for a movie whereas emerging Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who performed in and produced astonish hit NH10 earns just 6-8 crore for a movie.

Anushka recently claimed in an interview that males seem more imperative, “I don’t know why the pay gap exists, but I think it’s because it’s in our society,”

While the male stars like Ajay Devgn, who appeared this year in only one movie is ranked between 35-40 crore for his acting and the Khiladi of Bollywood Akshay Kumar, who couldn’t able to give hits this year is just a few crore bashful of competing the Khans’ earning cohort.

Whereas the stick out and versatile actress of 2015 Kangana Ranaut earns only 10-12 crore for a movie. The leading actress from Tanu Weds Manu Returns surprised us by this divergence.

The tulip of Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan earns between 5-7 crore for a movie.

The leading actresses of Indian film industry Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone earn between 7-8 crore for a film hit. The two actresses are going to appear in Hollywood screens.

While Anushka Sharma spoke up about the issue and similar situations are also present in Hollywood.  She raised her voice in 2015 against the gender-based wage differentials in the entertainment industry.

As Anushka stated in an interview, “A male newcomer and female newcomer will get paid differently,” she further stated that “You’re a newcomer… no one knows who you are, man or woman doesn’t matter. It’s just assumed that men need more money. I think people think that men need to run a family and women are looked after. I’m not saying this out of greed — I’m just saying value me. At the end of the day, you want respect. And when you pay me less money, you’re telling me I’m not as valuable.”

She also added, “I don’t know why [the pay gap exists], but I think it’s because it’s in our society,” she sustained. “Boys are [seen as] more important.”

After Hollywood and Bollywood, Pakistani actresses also spoke out regarding the issue. As experienced Hina Bayat stated, “Women are consistently paid less and made to feel that they don’t really need the money since they are not the primary bread earners of the family.”

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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