Taapsee Pannu’s strong stand on gender inequality in Bollywood
Taapsee Pannu has been one actress in Bollywood who has taken criticism from all corners with a smile on her face. Not only that, but she has also made sure that she hits back out at things that need to be spoken up about. One of the most dangerous things facing Bollywood for ages in the pay disparity. Taapsee gave out a strong stand when she came on the popular chat show #NoFilterNeha with Neha Dhupia.
When Taapsee was asked about the gender inequality in the business, she poured her heart out in a long outburst. “Rules are quite unfair, not just in our industry but maybe in every other industry. Because we are here, we see it more. But the rules are different everywhere. And that’s what the fight is for, that’s what the struggle is right now, the whole issue of gender equality is that let’s make the rules equal. I’m not asking for an edge over them, I’m asking for equality,” said Taapsee.
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Taapsee went on to also talk about her latest release ‘Saand Ki Aankh’. “I’m hoping with ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ and the response we are getting, it’s a step closer to that equality in one way or the other. For example, we never had a big female-led Diwali release. I don’t know when did it happen last. It was always reserved for the big heroes. The clash happened between two heroes. You know, when we see a calendar and we decide a release date for a female-led film, we have to settle with leftovers. I’m not even kidding when I’m telling you that because I’ve done so many of them. We just sit on the calendar and we figure out, accha yeh din ke baad, yeh week khali pada hai, yahan pe kar lete hai. It actually happens like that, which is so disheartening because we also put an equal amount of effort if not more and our stories are also beautiful so why not get an equal chance? Just because it’s a female-led film? Is that reason enough for you to not come on a big date? Diwali we celebrate Laxmi and you know all the goddesses that we pray to. It’s high time someone takes the step. Maybe I win, maybe I lose, but at least I will take one step to see if I can make the difference,” said Taapsee.
Well said Taapsee!