Talks on pay disparity headed in a positive direction: Sonakshi

Actress Sonakshi Sinha says the pay disparity in Bollywood is far from equalising, but the discussion on the issue is going in a positive direction. Sonakshi first spoke about pay disparity two years ago around the release of Akira. Has the scenario changed since then?

“Though it is far from equalising, the talk on pay disparity has gone in a positive direction. It is much better now. Pay disparity between men and women – in any industry – has existed for years; so it will not change overnight. It is a constant process. The good thing is the process has started,” Sonakshi told IANS in an interview.

“Being an actress, I am talking about the film industry, but it exists in other fields as well – whether it is sports or business. All professionals put in equal effort, then why is there a gender bias in pay?”
Asked how she decides to watch a film, Sonakshi said, “Star power does not work for me. If I like the trailer and the subject is interesting, I go for the film. I think even the audience judges films that way these days.”

Having started her career in 2010 with Dabangg opposite Salman Khan, Sonakshi has not only evolved as an actress but also changed her image from a quintessential Hindi film heroine to that of a progressive, contemporary Indian woman with films like Akira, Noor, and Ittefaq.

“Once we actors gain a certain reach and popularity in the beginning of our career, we can afford the experimentation. I think I am really fortunate that in just seven years, I have had a chance to work on in such a variety of roles.

The actress is now busy shooting for her upcoming film Happy Bhag Jayegi Returns.

“I am so happy playing a Punjabi girl in the film. You know my father is a Bihari and my mother is a Sindhi, but I am Punjabi in my head... So, playing a Punjabi on screen is so much fun,” quipped the daughter of actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha and actress Poonam Sinha.   -IANS