Kareena Kapoor Khan is one of the biggest celebrities of Bollywood, and a fine actress. The mother-of-one started her career back in 2000 with Refugee and has come a long way since. Some of her most memorable roles includes that of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Jab We Met, 3 Idiots and 2018’s Veere Di Wedding – which also marked her return to Bollywood after the birth of her son, Taimur Ali Khan. Now, one would assume that being a huge name in the industry, means a bigger pay cheque. However, Kareena wishes to be be paid as much as the male actor’s she’s sharing screen space with.
During a conversation with fellow star, Alia Bhatt and filmmaker Karan Johar, Kareena addressed the pay gap that exists between the two genders, especially in the entertainment industry. She, along with Alia, was asked by a journalist if she has ever walked out of a film because she was getting paid less than her male co-star. Kareena replied, “There were probably different reasons for walking out of films, but not because of this particular reason. I’d love to get paid as much as my male co-stars though.” She then turned towards Karan, who’s producing her next film Good Newwwz with Akshay Kumar and said, “Please pay me as much as you paid Akshay Kumar or I’ll run out of MAMI!”
Alia too spoke up on the subject; however, she said that she was happy with what she was getting. She stated, “I’m very happy with what I’m getting paid and the god has been great.” Karan also stressed that he has always paid his stars equally. He concluded, “I’m the first person, who’ll always want to pay what is completely right and justified and valid. I’ve always done it. There are many women who deserve much more money than the men and there are men who have earned that because of their talent and just the work they have put in.” The trio will be working together for Karan’s magnum opus Takht, which is scheduled to go on floors early next year.
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