Many Bollywood celebrities are considered to be youth icons
as they influence the lives of their fans in some way or the other. Not only
that but also the decision they make, serve as an inspiration to not just fans
but their colleagues too. So, when a superstar like Deepika Padukone takes a
step towards bringing a fundamental change, it is sure to catch a lot of eyes.
It also motivates many others who look up to her.
While it is important to filter out the noise and not be
easily inspired by everything we see on social media, it is also crucial to
take a few lessons when it truly matters. I am sure you’re aware of the
significant and long-pending changes that the Indian film industry and our
society needs. There are many issues that have come to light in recent times
including equal opportunities and pay parity across genders. In the past year,
we saw many celebs come forward and take a stand as well. At a recent book
launch event, Deepika revealed the step she took when she faced pay disparity
too.Fan club took to Twitter to share a video of the actress from a panel
discussion where she can be seen saying:
I know my track record, I know what I am worth. I know his
films haven’t been doing as well as my films have been doing. So, it made
absolutely no sense. I was okay to say no to that film based on that one thing
because I just thought it was unfair. Today, I am ready to take those steps or
measures or decisions for myself because I want to be able to sleep peacefully
at night. I don’t think I’d be able to live with the thought of knowing that
I’ve been a part of a film, had the same creative contribution or bringing the
same sort of value to the film and being underpaid.
Deepika and her philanthropic work towards various causes
has always been encouraging to many. While it is sad to know that an actress of
such stature has also faced an issue like the wage gap, it certainly puts the
intensity of the problem in perspective. It is great to see Deepika take such a
step and set an example for her fellow actors.The wage gap isn’t a problem that
is restricted to Bollywood and it is only with one person, one bold step at a
time, that we can correct the patriarchal ways of our society.
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