BOLLYWOOD: Arjun Kapoor believes that pay disparity in the film industry is a sensitive issue but finds it “crass and rude” to talk about how much one gets paid.
On the pay disparity in Bollywood, he says it is “not about actors topping actresses”, but for several years it has been the heroes who have generated business at the ticket windows for a film.
“We are not saying that if you give them (actress) more money, we will not work. I have never asked how much my co-star is paid,” Arjun told reporters at ‘Bend the Gender’ event here last evening.
“For many years, there has been a certain growth of business because the main lead is a hero, an actor is the protagonist. The audience is used to seeing certain kind of films,” he said.
He, however, believes that in the last few years things have changed for women in the industry as the commercial success of a film has led to female actors getting more remuneration.
“I hate calling it a woman-centric film, but, for example, if Raazi does well, Alia Bhatt will be paid a lot of money for her next film,” he said.