Aditi Rao Hydari Gets Vocal About Pay Disparity Between Genders in Bollywood
Aditi Rao Hydari the 28 year old Bollywood diva recently commented during her interview with PTI that, "I don't really understand why we are paid less than the male actors because we put equal efforts and recent past has shown that actresses can deliver a hit film. We deserve better pay, equal to what actors get."
Aditi’s performance in films such as ‘Delhi 6’ and ‘Rockstar’ were appreciated by the critics and the masses alike. Aditi felt that more and more women oriented films are getting produced in Bollywood now a days and they are getting good response from the audience as well. Recently the two women oriented films ‘Queen’ and ‘Bobby Jasoos’ got a good response from the movie buffs. However, the disparity in payment still remains at large.
Actresses like Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chpra and Katrina Kaif have spoken against this malpractice in the past. Speaking about it, Aditi said, "Hats off to these ladies for speaking about it because I think we need to address this. I remember in a film of mine, though both my co-star and I were newcomers, he got paid far better than me. I was shocked and appalled. I actually asked him what different are you doing that you are getting better paid!"
Aditi went on to add that, "Actresses are getting stronger roles but there is a long way to go before we can say things have improved substantially for female actors. The time is good for us in the industry because people are ready to experiment with subjects and write women-oriented scripts."
Aditi last acted in the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Boss’. In this movie she mostly played the role of an eye candy. Speaking about her role in the film, she said, "Playing this glamorous woman has its own fun and I think it's good sometimes to do nothing and be the eye-candy. I enjoyed it but creative satisfaction is in playing substantial roles where you have something to offer to the story." Aditi stated that she loved doing this kind of roles in big budgeted masala Hindi films but doesn’t get much such offers.
She added further, "There is a gap between both the sides (her and producer) but I am interested in being a part of such commercial pot-boilers. People think I will only do serious stuff but that's not true. I want to be a part of a Chennai Express or a film where I am required to dance."