Actress Deepika Padukone, who has given back-to-back hits like ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Ram-Leela’ and most recently ‘Finding Fanny’, says that the payment disparity between male and female stars in the Bollywood industry is a concern but this shouldn’t become a cause for conflict.
What’s more, the 28-year-old actress added that actresses today are trying hard to change the irregularity in the pay scale. “If you are comparing our pay scale with the men, then yes it is very less. If you are comparing what girls used to get before and what they are getting in the last one or two years, then I can say that there has been a major shift and we are hoping and trying. But this is not a war,” Deepika said in a recent interview.
But it seems that Deepika isn’t concerned much about the money as at the end of the day she feels that when people give more stress on monetary gains, the beauty of filmmaking is somehow lost in the process. Deepika said, “At the end of the day we are all making movies because we all love films and we should not get into the space of negativity where we are discussing who is getting what amount of money. In that process we are losing the beauty of filmmaking. Money is the least important to me, fans’ appreciation is the most important thing to me.”
Also, it’s noted that the actress has successfully given back to back hits at the box office, some of which even reaching the Rs.100-crore mark. When asked about it, the actress said that she never signs a film keeping in mind its box office performance.
“I don’t choose films based on Rs 100 crores. If one does that then it is a wrong reason to do a film. For me, box office at that level is not so important or rather I do not sign films for those kinds of numbers. Like with ‘Ram Leela’, we never thought that the film will make such business. I have got an award and the film has made Rs.100 crores as well. You have to choose films from your heart. And also awards are important to me. It is a sign of appreciation for your hard work,” said the lovely lady.