Movie actors Tara Sutaria and Arjun Kapoor are currently promoting their upcoming movie Ek villain returns and in a recent interview the actors were asked about pay parity and how male and female stars in a film are sometimes not given the same platform. Tara, who has previously appeared in Student of the Year 2 and Tadap, said it doesn’t have to be a big conversation, but some changes could basically be made. “It can be small things. It doesn’t have to be a big talk about the big things we’re doing wrong. It can be about the little things and the little differences that we can make,” she told Pinkvilla.
Tara mentioned that male celebrities are often addressed as “sir” by paparazzi photographers, but female celebrities of the same age are only referred to by their first names. Tara explained, “I’ve noticed that in a lot of paparazzi videos you see a male celebrity and a female celebrity, and the male celebrity is always called such and such sir, but the female of the same age is never called such and such, ma’am , because she simply does not get this (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 yeah or anything other than this very general feeling of “the man is taller and therefore needs to be shown more respect”. That’s what I’m saying, it comes from little things like this. If we could change little things like that, it could move mountains.”
Speaking about pay parity, Arjun mentioned that after Gangubai Kathiawadi appeared at the box office, Alia Bhatt should demand much more from current actors than any of their male or female contemporaries.
Tara and Arjun star alongside John Abraham and Disha Patani in Mohit Suri’s Ek Villain Returns. The film is slated to hit theaters on July 29.
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