- "I face prejudice and people joke about how I am the bully," she said
- "Your gender is no yardstick for pay," Kangana added
- In an AIB video, Kangana has taken a subtle jibe on the wage gap issue
In one of her previous interviews, the actress explained that if she doesn't like a scene in a film, she retaliates, which of course 'hurts the director's ego.' But Kangana being Kangana cannot stop herself from speaking her mind. "I can't sit on a set pampering the male ego, just because it's the easier way to get your way around men. I face prejudice and people joke about how I am the bully. I swing between being a bi**h and Buddha. Have you heard that I am a witch apparently," she told mid-day adding, that she just cannot act dumb.
Of the pay gap issue, Kangana blasts at her female colleagues and told mid-day. "There are women in the industry who say that if actresses are unable to bring in crowds (in a theatre) that a male star can, how can they demand equal pay. If we, as actresses, keep instilling this inferiority complex in girls, there is no hope for better times."
Kangana is the star of hit films like Fashion, Tanu Weds Manu series and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. Wikipedia says she is one of the most- highest-paid actresses in India. May be but for Kangana, the remuneration of a male and female actor should be equal. "Personally, my logic for remuneration has always been that I have 365 days to work, as much as any male star. An actor's pay must be determined by the amount of work he/she does. Your gender is no yardstick for it," she told mid-day.
Soon after Kangana's interview went viral, singer Sona Mohpatra, who is known for being outspoken, accused the actress of using these platforms for PR, as she awaits the release of Simran. Sona wrote an open letter to Kangana on Facebook stating, "Washing dirty linen in public and more so as part of a professional PR campaign before your film release is in bad taste. No two ways about it." Kangana, who isn't on social media, took a subtle jibe on the singer's comments and without naming her told mid-day, "Why are we so wary of discussions and debate? I am told it's bad PR, but I don't quite understand that term."
The AIB video shows how the male stars still take a higher pay cheque while the actresses only have the privilege to have their names appear before him on the credit roll. "The industry isn't just made up of four actors who have lasted through the decades. I might not have 30 years behind me. But in my 10 years, I've achieved significant milestones to demand a certain fee. Anybody's film can fail and this year has shown us enough proof of that. So, let's stop giving the opening [weekend] and closing logic," Kangana told mid-day. (An indirect response to Salman Khan's Tubelight and Shah Rukh Khan's Jab Harry Met Sejal? Both the films failed to leave an impressive mark at the box office).
Watch the video to relate to the interview better.
Kangana blames the women for the 'feminism' and says if the female population doesn't take a stand the issue will grow. "To expect men to stand up for feminism is silly. They are used to being a priority in every field. It was a life of comfort for them - women were looking after their homes, giving them sex. Suddenly, women are coming out of this chauvinistic spell and asking relevant questions. That is bothering the men," she told mid-day.
In the previous interviews, Kangana Ranaut said she wants an apology from Hrithik, whom she claims as an ex-boyfriend. She also alleged that her alleged four-year relationship with married actor Aditya Pancholi took place when she was a minor.
Kangana Ranaut's Simran opens this Friday.