Anil Kapoor recently graced Kaeena Kapoor Khan's chat show, What Women Want, and during the interaction session, he was asked about male actors in Hollywood who take a stand and only associate themselves with projects in which their female co-stars receive equal pay. He was asked if Bollywood actors should start doing the same.
Replying to this question about the wage gap that persists in Bollywood between male and female actors, Anil gave a response that left the host of the show, speechless?
“You toh took a lot of money from me,” Anil told Kareena, leaving her momentarily stumped. She said, “We are breaking barriers, we are doing that. But like you said, there are still some people…”
Anil narrated an incident when the producers called him when the negotiations with Kareena were on for Veere Di Wedding: “’Yaar, yeh toh hero se zyada paise maang rahi hai.’ Maine bola, ‘De do (‘She is demanding more money than the hero.’ I said, ‘Give it to her).’ They all called me up also, I said, ‘Done.’ They were calling me when the negotiations were on. I said, ‘Bebo jo maangegi, de do (Give Kareena what she wants).’”
Anil also revealed that he has no qualms in being paid lesser than his female co-star and it has happened on several occasions.
“There are so many films where the leading actress has taken more money and maine khushi khushi kiya (I did the films happily),” he said.