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Kangana Ranaut takes a dig at Priyanka Chopra’s pay parity views, says ‘Only I’m paid like male actors’

Priyanka Chopra earlier spoke about the pay gap in Bollywood and how she never got paid the same amount as her male co-actor.

Kangana Ranaut takes a dig at Priyanka Chopra’s pay parity views, says ‘Only I’m paid like male actors’
Priyanka Chopra-Kangana Ranaut
  • Reema Chhabda

Last Updated: 10.42 AM, May 31, 2023


One of many actors who speaks their mind without hesitation is Kangana Ranaut. However, the actor occasionally gets into a brawl or difficulties because of this. Kangana was one of the first Bollywood celebrities to openly discuss and denounce nepotism while blaming those who were directly involved in the practise. 

Recently, while discussing the salary discrepancy in Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut took a swipe at Priyanka Chopra and other A-list actresses. The actress said that Kangana was the first fighter against pay discrepancy in Bollywood while her colleagues completed 'films for free' and offered "other favours" in an Instagram Stories video she uploaded of her Fashion co-star discussing the issue.

In response to Priyanka Chopra's interview with the BBC from last year, in which she spoke openly about the pay disparity in Bollywood and how she was never paid the same as her male co-star, Kangana Ranaut made the revelation via an Instagram story.

Kangana Ranaut took to her Instagram story and wrote, “It’s true women before me simply submitted to these patriarchal norms… I was the first one to fight for pay parity and the most disgusting thing that I faced while doing this was that my contemporaries offered to work for free on the same roles that I was negotiating for… I can say with confidence most A-listers (women) do films for free along with offering other favours because they fear roles will go to the right people… and then shrewdly release articles that they are the highest paid, haha… in the film industry everyone knows that only I get paid like male actors and no one else… and they have no one else to blame at least now.” 

In her interview, Priyanka Chopra said, “I have never had pay parity in Bollywood. I have done almost 60 movies there, but I have never got paid the same amount as my male co-actor. I would get paid about 10 per cent of my male co-actor. It (the pay gap) is substantially large and so many girls still deal with that.”

“I did think that I was dark-skinned. I did think that I was not pretty enough. I did think that I would have to work a lot harder even though I was probably a little bit more talented than my co-actors who were lighter-skinned. I thought that was right because it was so normalised. I think, as I grew up, I saw things in my career that I didn’t even know were right or wrong and I had to be educated and learn along the way,” she added.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Priyanka Chopra Jonas was recently seen in Amazon Prime Video's Citadel. She also has Farhan Akhtar's Jee Le Zara, also starring Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. 

Kangana Ranut, on the other hand, has Emergency and Chandramukhi 2 in her kitty.