Female actors don't get paid like male actors, says Kangana Ranaut

The ‘Rajjo’ Kangana Ranaut who is known to speak her mind and not being diplomatic revealed a few inside stories of the B-town. Kangana reported that female actors neither get their dues in terms of credit nor in terms of money. She further quoted that actresses don’t make even one-third of what actors make. She also complained how male actors hog all the limelight away while actresses are left sidelined.

In an interview with media, Kangana said, “It’s not that if Chennai Express did well, it was only because of Shahrukh Khan. It was also because of Deepika Padukone’s credibility”.

“Forget the credit, they take all the money as well. We don’t get paid even one-third of what male actors get. It’s not so much about the money, but it’s about being a woman,” added the 26-year-old.


Bollywood’s A-list male actors reportedly mint around Rs.30 crore to Rs.40 crore per film, while a top-rated actress may make only approximately Rs.8 crore per movie project. The disparity is vast.
She further said that even if her upcoming movie Queen manages to make Rs. 300 crore, she won’t be able to match the remuneration of her counterparts.

“When it comes to paying us, they (filmmakers) wouldn’t want to, just because I am a girl. This is very unfair. I think our generation has the responsibility to bring women of the industry to a position where they not only get respect but in every way they should be respected and their graph should be respected,” said Kangana.

If she feels that the industry fails to appreciate a woman’s career graph, even her own parents are unable to do so. They only enjoy the attention they get because of being her parents, says Kangana.

“They are not exposed to cinema or any other art form. For them, life is about having a job, respected family, and good status in society. That’s all they care about.”

“What I don’t really like sometimes is the fact that they enjoy all the wrong things of my profession – like the attention they get for being my parents. They love that, but they never look at the graph and technical part of my profession. They don’t even look at it as an art form,” said the disappointed actress.

“They find shoots very boring. I think they are very basic people, so they fail to enjoy intellectual pleasures of the world. They find fun in useless matters, which I think should be ignored,” she added.

But Kangana isn’t complaining. The “high-headed” girl always does what she feels is right.

“I am a very bold person. For seven to eight years, I was not in touch with my parents. So I took the responsibility of every decision and no one can dictate me. My parents understand that,” she said, and added how making bold choices in real life is not easy.

“Being bold on the screen is not dangerous, but when it comes to your opinion and choices (in real life), that boldness is a lot more dangerous.”