Hi vidlyfers this is my first post for you guys. Being a social issue related poetry writer/blogger I all-time choose to write about a social issue which often remains unobserved or un-discussed.
Today I am going to talk about the most loved and honored working field of the world. I am going to talk about our very own film industry which is widely known as Bollywood in India. It is hard for anyone to remain indifferent to the Jalwa (glamour and shimmers) of this industry. It is not just loved for its glamour quotient only but also awed for the different sets of thoughts it projects through various films. But there are many unobserved things in it that remain unnoticed by the viewers whenever they invest their money for watching any Bollywood movie.
Occupations in any Bollywood movie character:
According to a review done by IBM and two Delhi based universities on nearly about 4000 Bollywood movie the occupations pursued by any character of any character is highly gender specific or it can better be said gender biased. This study has shown that actresses are mostly offered softer occupation in most of the films. They are most likely to pursue the occupations like school teachers or students in any film. While their male counterparts are favored with comparatively tougher position of work like lawyer, doctor, cops and even gangsters. ? Dear moral polices, please have a look how one of the biggest industry is silently supporting your agenda.
Dialogues in films:
Only the female centric movies like “Queen” and “Neerja” have seen a relevant number of dialogues for actresses. In those dialogues some selective adjectives like “beautiful”, “attracted”, “married”, “love” and “innocent” are mostly used with actresses. Oh wow! It was not known to me till I saw that Indian society have such softer perspective for girls. But according to that review male characters in any movie should always be “wealthy”, “strong”, “rich”, “real” who can “kill” and “shoot”. Then boys, look, it is not a common girl’s prospect only to judge a man in accordance their wealth and money. So, think before you troll us, the “innocent girls”. ?
Gender pay gap:
Last but not the least is the pay gap based on gender of the performer of a certain character. Such kind of discrimination is not only in Bollywood but hugely persists in Hollywood too. Yes, guys don’t drop your jaw please!! You have read it correct because as per a report in 20017 of Forbes it is quite clear fact now.
Mark Wahlberg is the most high earning man in Hollywood with annual earning $68m followed by Dwayne Johnson $65m annual earning. There are 14 actors with earning over $20m while Ryan Gosling is holding 20th position with $29m annual earning. In comparison with this scenario the actresses with highest annual earning crossed the $20m barrier marginally. Ema Stone is topping the chart with $26m followed by Jennifer Aniston ($25.5m) and Jennifer Lawrence ($24m). This large gap between the annual earning of highest paid actor and actress is vocal enough to prove the scenario.
In Bollywood the scenario is not very different also. Shah Rukh Khan stands as the highest income holder with $38m while his female counterpart Deepika Padukone has ended her race at $11m. It is quite known fact in Bollywood that actors earn five times more than what is earned by any actress.
Priyanka Chopra, one of the most renowned famous Bollywood actress, who have acted in some Hollywood movies (Baywatch and Quantico) too have cleared the actual scenario in an interview by saying, “I was told that female actors are replaceable in films because they just stand behind a guy anyway. I am still used to being paid like most actresses around the world, a lot less than the boys. We are told we have too provocative or that being sexy is our strength. ”
During an interview in NDTV Kangana Renaut, another lead actress in Bollywood disclosed, “My male counterparts are paid thrice the amount. No one can guarantee the success of a film so why such discrimination?”
It is diminishing to see such discrimination still exists in our society in this twenty first century also. Monster salary index 2016 found the inequality gap in Indian society most prevailing. As a whole, working women earns 25% less till now in compare to their male counterpart. 68 % of working woman can feel the inequality in wage related issues in their working sector.