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I can't compete with Salman Khan at the Box-Office, says Shah Rukh Khan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:45:00 IST

Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan in an interview when asked about equal pay for men and female in the industry revealed that the actors are paid on the basis of their Box-Office pull.

Khan put some light on how many female actresses like Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are paid more than majority of the male actors. King Khan spoke about the disparity in pay amongst the top rung superstars as well and confessed that he can't compete with Salman Khan at the Box-Office.

"Let's look at it like this. I can't compete with a Salman Khan at the box office; none of us can. That is the reality. In other fields like, say, with a male or a female pilot, both are paid equally for what they bring to the table. When we ask for equal pay, a lot of pressure is put on women actors to sell the movie on their own steam. I know that women actors work five times harder and get paid 10 times less than men," said Shah Rukh Khan.

Khan also spoke about how he makes it a point to keep women's role meaty in the films produced by Red Chillies. He said,

"In my own small way, I have asked for their names to appear before mine in credit roll. I attempt to pay them as well as I can in my own productions; I've co-produced films with women directors and actors. I believe I am the change. I always see a story from a woman's point of view, make sure the woman's role is meaty. Do you know that my walk in Don was fashioned after a lady's ramp walk? And to be honest, I feel that it's not entirely a losing battle. Today, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra take home really good pay packets, more than some heroes. And they deserve it. I don't know if they take more than me or Salman but they're celebrated for their worth."

Shah Rukh Khan will next be seen as a bootlegger in Raees.

First published: 10 January 2017, 12:59 IST
 
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