Abhishek Bachchan on pay parity: Worked in 9 films with Aishwarya, in 8 of those she got paid more than me
Abhishek Bachchan shared his views on the Me Too movement in India, pay parity and the pressure of being a Bachchan at a recent event.
Abhishek Bachchan is busy with the shoot of Anurag Basu’s next. The actor is back after a sabbatical and has signed multiple interesting projects. Abhishek’s comeback of sorts, Manmarziyaan was loved by the audience. The actor has also signed a show on the digital platform as per reports. At a recent event, director Shoojit Sircar interviewed Abhishek Bachchan. He was asked about the pressure of being a Bachchan, family, love for sports and movies. Shoojit Sircar asked Abhishek about the Me Too movement in India and if he would be more confident now that some measures are being taken if daughter Aaradhya would want to enter the industry.
He said, “No. But before I answer that, I would like to give this some context and perspective. The two women who are close to me, my mother and my wife have worked in the industry on their own terms. They’ve never been forced to do anything they didn’t want to do. There’s a huge debate on gender parity in the film business and in other industries. I’ve worked in nine films with my wife and in eight of those, she’s got paid more than I have. The highest-paid actor in Piku was Deepika (Padukone). It’s a business and if you are a saleable actor, you get paid accordingly. You can’t be a new actress and demand to be paid the same as Shah Rukh Khan.”
Talking about harassment, he said that he wouldn’t be scared if Aaradhya decides to become an actress as she would know how to take care of herself. He also shared his opinion on the Me Too movement in India and said that it scares him because he feels that as a society we are not ready for it, a complete rethinking of behaviour that has passed down to us since generations. He also shared that people have to understand the enormity of what women have been living with over the years. He cited the example of him and his sister Shweta Bachchan and how they were always treated as equals.
He added, “First we have to stop character assassination, we have to listen before we judge. I don’t know what the end game of this campaign will be; what I am sure of is that it will set people thinking and make them aware, and that’s a welcome start.”