Film actors Tara Sutaria and Arjun Kapoor are currently promoting their upcoming film Ek Villain returns and in one of the recent interviews, the actors were asked about pay parity and how male and female stars sometimes don’t have the same platform in film. Tara, who has earlier appeared in Student of the Year 2 and Tadap, said that it may not be a big conversation but some changes could be made at the ground level. “It could be little things. It doesn’t have to be some big conversation about the big things we’re doing wrong. It can be about the little things and the little differences we can make,” Pinkvilla said.
Tara mentioned that many times male celebrities are addressed as “sir” by paparazzi photographers, but female celebrities of the same age are only called by their first name. Tara explained: “I’ve noticed, in a lot of paparazzi videos, you’ll notice a male celebrity and a female celebrity, and the male celebrity will always be called so-and-so, sir, but the female, who’s the same age, is. don’t ever let yourself be called so-and-so ma’am because she’s just not given that (respect)…”
She continued, “And not that we want that respect. We are all very young, we don’t want to be called ma’am or ma’am he eats or anything other than this very general sense of “man is greater and so must be given greater respect”. That’s what I’m saying, it comes from the little things. Like we could change such small things that it could move mountains.”
Talking about pay parity, Arjun mentioned that out of the current crop of actors, Alia Bhatt should be charged much more than any of her male or female contemporaries after Gangubai Kathiawadi performed at the box office.
Tara and Arjun star opposite John Abraham and Disha Patani in Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain Returns. The film is slated to hit theaters on July 29.