Actor Taapsee Pannu has talked about pay equality and asked people not just to blame the film industry for it. In a new interview, Taapsee highlighted the differences between male and female-driven films. The actor said that women-directed movies have people waiting for reviews, but male-directed movies have high pre-bookings. †Also read | Taapsee Pannu says she was cast in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki ‘purely on talent’†
The actor also responded to a question about the success of her films – Badla and Pink hitting good marks. She called it “any numbers” showing that the movies started out “very average.” Taapsee added that “to have a big opening film, it has to be associated with a big presence of a hero.” She also added that “a great filmmaker supporting a movie” is another criterion for a great opener.
In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Taapsee said: “Pay parity is not about producers not willing to give money. So stop blaming the industry for this problem. It starts from the level where there are not many footsteps when it comes to female-powered film When it comes to a female-powered film, people wait more for reviews than for reservations When it comes to a male film, the pre-bookings are so high that the visitors already within the first weekend itself, so be picked up on Friday, Saturday, Sunday.”
“For a female-powered film, we have to wait for a Monday because by then there will be plenty of word of mouth and reviews to give us a brief idea of the film. We have to pass the rating test, while many male-driven films end up opening big without one of these, so the public will also have to contribute to this change, that’s when we can make the change that we want to see,” she added.
Taapsee has several films in the pipeline, including Anurag Kashyap’s Dobaaraa with Pavail Gulati. It is the official Hindi adaptation of Oriol Paulo’s 2018 Spanish-language film Mirage.
In addition to Dobaaraa, Taapsee can also be seen in Shabaash Mithuss, based on the life of cricketer Mithali Raj. The film, directed by Srijit Mukherjee, is set to hit theaters on July 15. The actor also has Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki in the pipeline. She will show the opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Dunki, which will hit theaters on December 22, 2023.
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