Vidya Balan shared some of her experiences in the industry where she faced “SEXISM”.
This is what she tells about the partiality in terms of pay scale.
In an interview Vidya spilled beans about “pay-scale” disparity,
There was a film, and I won’t name the actor, out of respect for him, but there was a film in which I was playing the bigger role, and he was getting paid more. And that bothered me. Because I am playing the bigger role! I am putting in more effort! I am not asking you to pay me for nothing, but you can’t pay him double of what you are paying me. I am not putting in any less effort, if at all, I am putting in more effort. These things – like waiting for an actor endlessly, while I am ready on the set – bothered me. Doesn’t matter if I am a woman or a man, but I take my job very seriously.
Furthermore, she added,
I’ll never forget this gentleman who called me on the day Ishqiya released and said, ‘Aapne film hero jaise promote ki aur aap film ki hero hain’. And I was thrilled at the compliment because I worked really hard to promote the film. Naseer sahab was not promoting the film and Arshad was not there for all the promotions. But I went everywhere in that synthetic sari, promoting the film. But I was happy that I was doing all I could to get as many people as possible into the theatres.
Her take on Sexism and its side effects:
When I was told multiple times for several films that the hero has given the dates so you have to adjust, we won’t get his dates later. Khoon khaulta tha mera. I might be committed to some other film, but I would have to change things around.
She also added,
At least in India, everyone, including women, has treated men like the more important person in their lives. But today, I very proudly tell people, that I am the most important person in my life. And sometimes people are taken aback, because as a married woman, I should be saying that Siddharth is the most important person in my life. I love Siddharth, but I am still the most important person in my life. If you think I am being selfish, self-centred, self-consumed, self-absorbed, self-indulgent – I don’t care! This is what it is. It is high time!
She talked on various issues,
In interviews I get asked about my marriage and when I am having a child, time and again. There are other actors, male actors, who have gotten married. They are not asked, ‘when are you impregnating your wife?’ They are not even asked, ‘how is your married life going?’ For me to be asked that all the time – it is excessive. Because I do have an identity outside being a married woman. And that does not compromise or mitigate what I feel for Siddharth. But I come back to say – I am the most important person in my life.
Sooner or later, there will be equality!