‘All men have helped me’: Kangana Ranaut on being asked about the pay parity in the film industry

Actress Kangana Ranaut who is known for her straight forward statements, recently opened up about pay parity in the film industry and in other fields. She has revealed that she has never been underpaid and has credited ‘all the men’ for helping her through her journey.

“I am sure, I am not underpaid. This makes me feel all the men have helped me through this journey. Earlier, at times, I did think, why don’t I get paid equally like the heroes at this stage of my life? But now, happily, I can say that I am not underpaid,” she said. Kangana also said that Rekha and Hema Malini have made way for the privileges that female actors ‘enjoy today as leading ladies’. She added that it is actors’ duty now to take it higher, ‘where we don’t only get the privileges of leading ladies, but the privileges of a hero on set’. she said.

Kangana will next be seen in Dhaakad produced by Soham Rockstar Entertainment Private Limited, where she will play an assassin. Helmed by Razneesh Ghai, Dhaakad also stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta.

Speaking about the low points in her career, she said, “I have had my own fair share of lower points when I refused a lot of male-centric films, you know, Khan-led films or Kumar-led films, all kinds of big hero films. I always had this vision that this (pointing towards the Dhaakad poster) is possible. Of course, I did not plan it, but I had the vision. I can’t execute it alone; you need somebody like Razneesh Ghai and (producers) Deepak Mukut and Sohel Maklai. I’d say that for a woman to have a successful journey, so many men support her. So, it is a combination of many things.”