Taapsee Pannu has defended Kareena Kapoor Khan after she was criticised online for reportedly hiking her fee to play Sita in a film.
Recently, there was huge uproar on social media when news of Kareena Kapoor Khan demanding a fee of Rs 12 crore for the magnum opus Sita went viral. Several people on social media started targeting the superstar actress and called for a boycott and asked the film team to drop actress from the film.
Now, Taapsee Pannu has come out in support of Kareena Kapoor Khan who was recently attacked by people on social media for reportedly hiking her fee to play the mythological character of Sita in an upcoming film. Taapsee has said that Kareena Kapoor is well within her rights to demand a hefty salary for a comparatively more cumbersome shoot.
The Thappad actor said that it’s a sign of ingrained sexism that only women are criticised for hiking their salaries, and were a man to do the same thing, it would be viewed as a sign of his success.
The Taapsi Told Bollywood Bubble, “If it would have been a man in that position, who would have asked for a particular amount, it would have been looked upon like, ‘iski market badh gayi hai (his worth has improved)’. Like that guy has really achieved big success in life. But because a woman is asking for it, she’s called ‘difficult’, ‘too demanding’. It’s always like that.”
“You’ll always read about this problem issue of hiked salary with women. But why not? She is one of the biggest female superstars we have in the country. If she commands a certain salary for her time, it’s her job. Do you think any other mythological characters that are played by men, do you think they do it for free? I don’t think so.” she added.
There were reports on the web that Kareena Kapoor Khan had hiked her remuneration from around ₹6-8 crore to ₹12 crore for the Sita film, described as a retelling of the Ramayana from Sita’s perspective. The source also noted that the film would require between eight to 10 months of the actor’s time. Incidentally, her husband Saif Ali Khan is playing Lankesh in another film inspired by the Ramayana, Adipurush.
Meanwhile, Taapsee will next be seen in Haseen Dillruba on Netflix. Directed by Vinil Mathew, the film also stars Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane.