In Bollywood, you’re only paid more than a man if you’re Priyanka Chopra, says Kalki

Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin says it like it is at the Jairangam - Jaipur Theatre Festival
Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin says it like it is at the Jairangam – Jaipur Theatre Festival

Kalki Koechlin is in Jaipur, attending the Jairangam – Jaipur Theatre Festival, where her directorial debut The Living Room was presented.

And she also presented a monologue about patriarchal Indian society, in which she maintained that “Bollywood is as patriarchal as our society.”

She listed a few personal experiences:

” I once met a producer who asked me about my age and I said, 30. To this, he replied, ‘Don’t worry, you still have five years left.’ Another producer showed me the exact spot on my face where I needed to get a botox.”

She added, “There’s a lot of pressure on women in Bollywood. Objectification of women is very predominant, but I am happy that gradually things are changing. Piku and Queen, both women-oriented films, brought a fresh change in Bollywood.”

But the pay gap still exists, she says: “You only get paid more than a man if you are Priyanka Chopra.”

That’s signature Kalki for you, saying it like it is. -DN

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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