Shah Rukh Khan is the badshah of Bollywood and the king of hearts. A great actor without any doubt, he’s witty, charismatic and many times gets away saying things which many may not dare say out loud. As the 52-year-old actor is busy with his upcoming movie, Zero he yet again made his rounds in the news with his interview with The Economic Times.
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This is not the first time this issue has been raised up, along with female lead actors it is nice to see the male actors supporting their co-stars when it comes to pay wage. My Name is Khan star is known to do his bit to give his leading ladies their due credit and even putting their name first in the rolling credits and recently he has yet again spoken upon the need to bridge this wage gap.
When asked if he believes that the female actors are getting their due in Indian film industry, Khan stated, “It’s a male-dominated industry. You can’t shirk it away or ignore it.” The truth hurts and sadly this is the reality, however, it is a sight to see a leading star admitting to it.
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“I would love it to be different. There should be no disparity. A male actor and a female actor should get the same fees. Why is it different, I don’t know,” says Bollywood’s badshah. “But I would also add that no actor – male or female – should over-estimate their performance. No individual, be it director or actor, should burden the film’s expense by charging an amount that goes beyond the performance of the film’s opening weekend. ”
Previously stars like Aalia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Vidya Balan have also commented on this matter since it is a matter of concern that why the discrimination between the sexes?
Keeping his professional side aside the interview even gives us a scoop of what does the Main Hoon Na star have in his mind related to his children’s career? After all his daughter just had her first magazine cover girl shoot. As the question goes that his children are close to choosing a career, how does he as a father plans on protecting them since they come with a huge legacy of their father being a superstar hence they have a big name to live up to.
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The dimpled actor replied, “I understand what you are saying “there is no way to protect them from who I am. I’m a good monster and only I can protect my children from who I am. By keeping a certain amount of dignity in the face of opinions, by keeping a certain amount of calm in the face of disarray, by keeping a certain amount of honesty and hard work in the face of nepotism. People’s perception of stardom could be, for example, “Star ka baccha hai, gaadi tez chalata hoga (He’s a star kid, his driving must be really rash).” The great happiness that I give them as a father, the love and education and teachings that I give them, and the fact that I work so hard as a father – it’s their responsibility now to live with it and figure it out.” The romance king always has been a family man.