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Sonam Kapoor on losing out on roles for standing up to the 'ridiculous' pay gap in Bollywood

Sonam Kapoor asserted her opinions on the pay gap between a male and a female actor in the industry added that she has no right to judge anybody...

2021-07-05T12:44:00Z
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Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor has always raised her voice on the issues that have bothered her and she never minces her words. The actress recently opened up about the pay gap between a male and a female actor in the industry. 

During a recent interview with Vogue, the ‘Neerja’ actress asserted her opinions on the same and revealed that she stood up to it and lost out on those roles. However, she added that she has no right to judge anybody. According to her, she is privileged so making difficult choices isn’t really difficult for her.

Sonam Kapoor said, "The pay gap is ridiculous. I can stand up to it, but then I don’t get those roles, and I’m okay with that. I can afford to do that. I realised over the past two or three years that I have no right to judge anybody. I’m privileged, so making difficult choices isn’t really f**king difficult.”

The 36-year-old actress’ comments come shortly after actor Taapsee Pannu said the male actors who started their careers with her make 3-5 times more money than her. 

Taapsee had also defended Kareena Kapoor, who was criticised for reportedly hiking her fee to play the titular role in an ambitious project, described as a reimagining of the Ramayana from Sita's perspective. Speaking to Bollywood Bubble she said, "If it would have been a man in that position, who would have asked for a particular amount, it would have been looked upon like, 'iski market badh gayi hai (his worth has improved)'. Like that guy has really achieved big success in life. But because a woman is asking for it, she's called 'difficult', 'too demanding'. It's always like that."

Meanwhile, on the career front, Sonam was last seen in a starring role in 2019's The Zoya Factor. She appeared in a cameo in AK vs AK, in which she played a version of herself, alongside her father Anil Kapoor and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.


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luvumjht
luvumjht 2 months ago Pay gap should not exist, but Sonam there can be many more reasons for you, to have lost the roles, let us say the ability to act. But then again, it is Bollywood, who cares if you can act or not. 😅
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bubbly12
bubbly12 2 months ago Pay gap should definitely be addressed. However if concerns are raised by a capable, crowd pulling actress then audience and makers would definitely take it as serious issue.
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silvermoonlight
silvermoonlight 2 months ago Sonam can't act that's why she isn't getting movies. Neither can Kareena. SO many other actresses can play Sita ...a fresh face would be great. How much they are getting paid is not my concern.
Also there have been some great women oriented movies - Bulbul was great(actress is beautiful & acts well..she would be great as Sita) and so was lipstick under my burkha amongst many others
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Ktptalks
Ktptalks 2 months ago I agree with her on the pay gap difference between a man and a woman but this issue is not only in Bollywood or Hollywood, this issue is the entire world problem. I don't mind paying money for a female oriented movie but the actress can't her, alia or Kareena. It will definitely bored me . They simply can't act. The society has to also get evolve. They have encouraged more female work environment so that salaries can be increased for women. For that majority of women have to be well educated and have an open mind for changes.
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basherz
basherz 2 months ago Lets get few things straight. Most of the movies fill coffers for the producers because of the male leads & not the females - this is a truth whether one likes it or not, a reason why a female oriented film usually generates lesser box office collection than a male oriented movie in India, even if its a blockbuster. I don't mind if actresses ask their share in movies where they play an important role - if they think, they can pull off the audiences to spend money - instead of asking of hefty ransoms, they could negotiate with the producer on sharing percentage of profits - this way producer needn't pay big amounts to begin with & will be paying actresses based on their box office capacity. Sonam nor Bebo are great actors who would pull the audience to spend their hard earned bucks either with their looks nor with their acting.
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