WEB DESK: Anushka Sharma is well known for speaking her mind, and she continues the trend.In an interview with Indian journalist-film critic Anupama Chopra, the bold actress did not hesitate at all from opening up about the rampant sexism that exists in Indian film industry.
The interview was extremely candid wherein she unveiled the double standards she has faced in the seven years of her film career.
She confessed that women in the Indian film industry are only required to look good and ‘interesting’ in a film.
The 27 year old actress said, “Girls are expected to be good-looking, look nice. And be interesting enough in a film for a guy to be interested in you.”
The actress added that unfortunately,looks are proportional to contracts in the industry.
She said that once an actress loses her looks, she loses contracts for films however this is not the case with male actors.
“Men can work as long as they want to, even after they’ve aged. They’re still heroes and super heroes, still amazing and cool. Which is fine.But then why are women only taken for roles till they have their looks, till they’re seen desirable? There’s a sexual connotation attached,” she said.
Anushka also said that entering films is easier for men as compared to women. She supported the claim by citing examples of male and female new stars who are paid differently- men obviously paid more than women.
“Regardless of whether anybody knows the two or not — they will not be paid the same amount for a film,” she said.
There is discrimination in terms of film scripting as well. Anushka explained that actresses don’t get as many lines as their male counterparts and even if they do, their lines usually revolve around a guy.
“If I do a film in which my role is superior to the guy’s, none of the guys will do that role. Even if it’s a great role, no guy will go for it,” she said, adding that none of the male Bollywood stars will ever opt for something similar to George Clooney’s role in Gravity.
The actress went on to say that the discrimination does not end on script and money, it keeps expanding.
“You feel that discrimination. Not just with money, but in general. Even if you’re at an outdoor schedule, you KNOW the guy is going to get a better room than you. And you’re like, why does that need to happen? I’m sure every hotel has at least 2 really good rooms. You see it all the time,” said the actor.
Recalling her childhood, Anushka said,“When I was growing up my parents treated my brother and I with equality. We were never treated differently. I only faced discrimination after I became an actor.”
She believes that people don’t like women with ‘guts’.
“If you ask for something you think you deserve, you are a b*tch and you have an attitude. We [Bollywood actresses] are not stupid. We’re not dumb. We haven’t come this far by being floozies. All actresses in the industry have a mind, they are intelligent,” she added.
Anushka also mentioned that male actors also have to face a lot of pressure in Bollywood.
“You can’t even blame male actors [for sexism in the industry], even they’re under pressure to make a INR100-crore film. It’s a benchmark they have to reach,” said Anushka.
Her interview soon made into headlines and Huffington Post among other news agencies tweeted how ‘ballsy’ the actress was. The actress quickly tweeted to correct them:
It's ironic you use the word 'ballsy' @HuffPostIndia
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) December 1, 2015