At the trailer launch of ‘Panga’, actress Kangana Ranaut took a real ‘Panga’ as she called out her contemporaries for justifying gender-based income disparity. She said, ‘I have heard some very successful women justifying the pay disparity in the film industry.’
Kangana Ranaut took a jibe at contemporary actresses Taapsee Pannu and Alia Bhatt as she talked about women empowerment. She called out her fellow B-town babes for accepting and even justifying lower incomes as compared to their male counterparts. She said ‘I have heard successful women from the film industry say things like ‘we don’t deserve equal pay because heroes get bigger openings’’.
Kangana added, “If you don’t feel empowered, nobody can make you feel empowered. You have to feel like an equal. God has given me a pancreas, kidney, a heart and eyes. I am not inferior to others. If you don’t feel empowered no court can make you feel empowered. Half the battle is lost when you feel undeserving.” Kangana Ranaut commented saying that actresses have a shorter shelf life than male actors.
Earlier this year, actress Sonakshi Sinha had shared her two cents on the Mission Mangal poster controversy. The first poster of the film had Akshay Kumar’s image sized bigger than the five actresses who were also a part of the cast. ‘Dabangg’ actress Sonakshi Sinha said that ‘jo dikhta hai, wo bikta hai’. She said Akshay is the highest-selling star in Mission Mangal, that is why (his face is bigger on the poster).”
Actress Taapsee Pannu had also commented saying that she can’t go on asking for more pay salary than Amitabh Bachchan as he is a bigger star than herself. Talking about pay disparity, Alia Bhatt had said that ‘Varun Dhawan brings audiences to the theater and not her. She said she isn’t delusional.
Directed by Ashwini Iyer Towari, ‘Panga’ is a sports-drama a mother, a wife and a forgotten Kabaddi champion. The film also stars Jassie Gill, Richa Chadha and Neena Gupta in pivotal roles. The film is slated to release on 24 January 2019.