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The Number of ‘Bums on Seats’ In Theatres is the Criteria for an Actor’s Pay in Bollywood Says, Taapsee Pannu


Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu opened up on pay parity in Bollywood during ABP Network’s first ‘Ideas of India’ Summit event in Mumbai on Friday. The actress in conversation with Chetan Bhagat was speaking under ‘The Alpha Woman’ topic of discussion – Jyothi Venkatesh

She said, “Yes, it’s very much there, but you have to understand that in Bollywood the number of “bums on seats” ((how many people are coming in theatres to watch the film) is the criteria for an actor’s pay.’

She further added that “if an actress does a female-driven film, she’ll have to wait for word of mouth for audience at the box-office while there are advanced bookings for male stars.”

Taapsee also gave an example of screen counts of Alia Bhatt’s recently released film ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi.’ The ‘Thappad’ said that if every actress’ film gets the number of screen counts like that of ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ then actresses will get the same leverage in the film industry.

‘But now that ‘I am a producer, I understand the nitty gritties and how the film’s success is determined at the box-office,’ Taapsee further added.

Without taking Kangana’s name, Taapsee said that her comments used to hurt me earlier, because I used to feel that she too is not on my side from the film background.

If you have reached here on the strength of your hard work, then it seemed – wow, something like this has to be done. But when you do not expect that kind of behavior from anyone because you have not done anything like that, then it seems strange.

Taapsi has done a variety of films so far in her career. Not only that, with superhit films like Pink and Thappad, the actress has proved that she doesn’t need any male actor to make her films a hit.

Well done soon Mithu will be seen in this movie. Taapsee Pannu participated in ABP News’ Ideas of India Summit 2022 and she spoke freely on many issues and answered questions.

ABP Network is hosting its first ‘Ideas of India’ Summit, which will take place in Mumbai on March 25-26. The best minds from various fields will talk about India’s 75-year journey and the future it holds.

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