Neena Gupta who had her Second Coming with Badhaai Ho feels pay parity between male a female actors is a myth and a fallacy
“I like this question about pay parity. Tell me something, when were women ever paid on a par with men in any profession?Look at the amount of work a housewife does. Does she ever get paid for it? No? Yeah, she gets money to buy household stuff. But when she needs something personal she has to ask her husband,” says Neena without a hint of resentment.
Neena accepts the fact that women are given a secondary place in most societies. “Like it or not, it’s a man’s world. So whether it is at home or an office the man is working all the time. A woman works far more than a man. You can say , ‘Oh the man has so much stress at work?’ But a woman’s work never ends, from cooking to cleaning to paying the rent…And it’s all thankless.”
Neena feels we should stop hoping for pay parity between the genders. “Yeh pay parity wali discussion ka toh koi matlab hi nahin hota. First it’s men. Then women. That’s the way it has always been.”
And Neena doesn’t mind. “I am quite okay with it. First hone ka matlab bahot sara responsibility hota hai. I know what I am worth. I know what I deserve. But I don’t think about it.Whatever has happened in my life I was never stuck in one mindset. I moved on. Life is never perfect for anyone. Whatever I got I made the most of it.”
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