While the Hollywood actresses are saying its #TIMESUP for harassers, the Bollywood heroines are trying to fight the gender pay gap.
2018 seems to have started on a good note for female actors. Apparently, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has quoted a whopping 10 crores paycheck in order to give her green signal for the remake of Satyen Bose’s 1967 mystery thriller Raat Aur Din which featured Nargis Dutt in the lead role who suffers from multiple personality disorder.
Talking about Aishwarya’s apparent fat paycheck demand for the film, a source has been quoted confirming the news to a leading daily, “Since Aishwarya has a double role, the film will require extensive preparation. It will be a time-consuming project, which means she will have to let go of the other films that come her way. The fee she has quoted is fair. The producers have agreed to the amount without any negotiation’’. The leading man opposite her is yet to be finalised. The Raat Aur Din remake will be produced by KriArj Entertainments, which is co-owned by Prernaa Arora and Arjun N. Kapoor.
The source further added, the makers have agreed to Aishwarya's reported demands without a second thought. “The makers have discussed the tribute film with Sanjay. Since Aishwarya has wrapped up her parts for Fanne Khan, she will start prepping for the film soon. Though trade insiders are squirming at the possibility of a 44-year-old female actor walking home with a fat pay cheque, producer Prernaa Arora believes that Ash is putting a lot at stake for her film, and the fee is warranted.’’
Well doesn’t it feel great to read reports where a married actress is paid what she deserves, and nobody is bringing her marital status into the equation. We are glad that Bollywood is certainly heading towards the much-needed change one step at a time.