Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan had invited trouble after a report suggested that she will be seen essaying the role of Sita in the film.
A recent report had suggested that Bebo has hiked her fees for the period drama film, and has demanded a whopping 12 crores to play Sita in the film. While there has no official announcement about the same, it had irked several netizens who had taken to social media to troll Kareena.
Now actress Taapsee Pannu has come in support of Kareena Kapoor Khan and stated that it's a sign of ingrained sexism that only women are criticised for hiking their salaries, whereas when a man does the same thing, it would be viewed as a sign of his success. She told Bollywood Bubble in an interview:
“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."
Taapsee defended Bebo against the trolls and added that she is a star of that status that it is within her rights to demand a hefty salary for the film. She added:
“You'll always read about this problem issue of hiked salary with women. But why not? She is one of the biggest female superstars we have in the country. If she commands a certain salary for her time, it's her job. Do you think any other mythological characters that are played by men, do you think they do it for free? I don't think so."
A report in Bollywood Hungama had suggested that Kareena was approached by the makers of Sita and she had asked for a whopping Rs 12 crores. The report cited a source who claimed that Kareena who usually asks for INR 6-8 crores for films has quoted a sum of INR 12 crores.
A group of netizens had then alleged that Kareena is hurting their religious sentiments and that the demand of Rs 12 crores to play ‘Sita’ is too much and is 'against humanity'. They had when started trending ‘Boycott Kareena Khan' on Twitter.