Vidya Balan opens up about equal pay in Bollywood

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Vidya Balan as Geeta Bali
Vidya Balan as Geeta Bali

Vidya Balan has re-opened up the old box relating to equal pay in the Indian film industry.

Balan, who is heading women rights in a variety of ways like a number of government campaigns, said ���While I definitely think that equal pay is something that needs to be arrived at across the board, I don’t think that that is the only measure.�۝

Balan added that the feel of Indian cinema had changed with female skewed characters going beyond sacrificing figures like that of ‘Mother India’.

She was cited saying, ���The pain and suffering were the definitive characteristics of the women.�۝

Balan said that women were offered more ���substantial�۝ roles. She referred to films like ‘The Dirty Picture’, Queen’, ‘Piku’ and ‘English Vinglish’, which ���lessened the dependence on the man to derive�۝ a woman�۪s identity.

Using ‘Piku’ as an example, she said, ���She just decided that she didn’t want to be married. So what if the only man in her life, who she focused all her energies on, had passed on? That didn’t mean that she will hold on to the next man she saw. I think the grammar, the idiom, is changing.�۝

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