Priyanka Chopra discussed pay parity in the Bollywood industry in a short clip posted to her Instagram Stories. Kangana Ranaut responded to the video. Kangana stated that she was the first actor to fight for equal pay in the entertainment industry and noted that many female actors still work on movies for free. She stated that she was the only female performer who received equal pay to men actors.
Kangana shared a clip of Priyanka Chopra discussing pay inequality in Bollywood on her Instagram Stories. Even after appearing in over 60 films, Priyanka revealed in the short video that she “never had pay parity in Bollywood.” Additionally, she disclosed that her pay was only around 10% of the male actor’s pay. Kangana added a comment to the caption explaining her viewpoint on the situation.
The actress stated, “It’s true women before me simply submitted to these patriarchal norms… I was the first to fight for pay parity, and the most disgusting thing I faced while doing this was that my contemporaries offered to work for free on the same roles that I was negotiating for… I can say with confidence most A-listers (women) do films for free, along with offering other favours because they fear roles will go to the right people… and then shrewdly release articles that they are the highest paid ha ha…In the film industry, everyone knows I only get paid like male actors and no one else… and they have no one else to blame, at least now…”
Kangana and Priyanka shared the screen in the 2008 movie Fashion, earning both National Film Awards. Priyanka said in an interview a few months prior that she was being forced into a corner in the industry.