Okay, call me crazy, but the other day I was reading some article about how much Hollywood actors earn per movie… I know, I know, why would I want to know that? Unless my sub-conscience is trying to indicate the fact that my bank account is down to its last twenty rupees because of my ability to shop for clothes with the hit of a single button. *Sigh*
So anyway, Jennifer Lawrence was paid way less than her male co-stars in the Hollywood multi-starrer “American Hustle“, and this information was out for the world to devour when the infamous Sony leak happened. It’s far beyond my understanding abilities to comprehend why anyone would not want to pay JLaw what she deserves. I mean, have you not seen the way she conquers the screen? Some people will say I am a feminist, and I am PROUD to say I am one. What about feminism is so confusing? How hard is it to understand the word “equal”? Remember the ” = ” while studying Maths? Yup, that’s the one. Just use it here. Men = Women. That’s it. That’s the whole point of feminism.
It is not about putting down the other gender i.e males, or even saying that women are greater than men. It does not mean that ALL men look down upon women. It does not mean that feminists HATE men. All it means is equal rights, equal opportunities, equal pay. Behave like a human towards another human. That’s it.
Talking about equal pay, I was shocked to know that sexism of such sorts exists in Hollywood, since it is a bit more progressive as compared to Bollywood. They have been making chick-flicks and have had women-centric films in which the leading lady carries the entire movie on her shoulders for quite some time now, while we have had releases like Queen and NH10 just recently. I came across this Tumblr http://shitpeoplesaytowomendirectors.tumblr.com/ , and I quite don’t know how to put my feelings into words anymore. To get more incensed about this topic, you can also read this article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/maryanngeorgantopoulos/women-directors-share-stories-of-discrimination-in-hollywood. Are all women in the film industry just a commodity? Of course not everybody thinks that way, but sometimes that seems to be the blatant truth.
Women as writers and directors are a minority, not only in Bollywood, but also in Hollywood. I can only say one thing – with terrific writers like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling making us laugh so hard with their incredible writing skills as well as acting, imagine what kind of TV shows and movies we could get to watch if more females like them get a chance.
Recently, Kangana Ranaut also spoke out about sexism in Bollywood, women being paid less, and the kind of roles women get as they age. So let me get this straight- you need a woman to complete the film, but you refuse to pay her what the male actor working alongside her will earn? That does not even make sense. If both the actors have equally important roles and share equal screen time, on what basis are you paying the male actor extra money?
Watching films like Piku, Queen and NH10 really made me feel great as a woman; Times seem to be changing, and the world doesn’t seem to be so bad anymore. As an aspiring screenwriter myself, I refuse to be held back from living my dream just because a single person might think I am not good enough because I am a woman, or because such jobs are male-centric or whatever. I am looking forward to breaking stereotypes and writing something that I shall be proud to say is my creation. Because hey, if the machine is full of grease, and nobody else is willing to clean it, you gotta do it yourself right?