Rakul Preet Singh has spoken up about the gender disparity in payment of fees prevailing in Indian film industry in general and in Tamil films in particular. “Look at what Nayantara, the top heroine, gets as compared to what the heroes get,” she says.
Rakul is finally happy that she has managed to deliver a hit film in Tamil with her latest film Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru in which she was paired up opposite Karthi. For some reason, none of her Tamil films earlier met with huge success, letting the tag of ‘unlucky actress’ stick to her. Even her Sypder opposite Mahesh Bahu didn’t do so well in its Tamil–dubbed version!
Speaking openly about the way gender disparity is felt in the film industry when it comes to making payment to heroes and heroines, the Punjabi kudi doesn’t hold back anything at all. “Nayantara is the numero uno heroine in Tamil who reportedly gets paid Rs.3 crore per film where as frontline heroes in Kollywood are paid a cool Rs.15 crores, which is at least five times more than what Nayan is paid.
“Nayan is mightily successful even when she plays the solo lead and is much in demand as a protagonist. The male-dominated film industry, which has always behaved in a chauvinistic manner, is not paying equal pay to heroes and heroines for the past many years; this is not only the case in Kollywood but in other language film industries too,” she says.