The disparity in the remuneration of female actors versus the male actors in India, has now attracted a reaction from Katrina Kaif. She says the industry is yet to see enough female-driven films, which can help them ask producers for a certain fee upfront.
The Bang Bang! actress, who has worked with A-list actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, shared that she has indeed faced the experience of being paid less. And she also understands that it’s since she has worked with the crème de la crème of the industry.
“An actor, male or female needs to be paid according to the budget, structure and the set up of the film. If you are paying (a lot to) an actor who is going to give you a 90 percent guarantee of recovering say Rs.150 crore, I can understand that as a producer, why they are paying them that much,” Katrina told IANS here.
The 32-year-old said that it makes sense to pay certain actors that much amount because they have proven their mettle by recovering the money with their ‘X’ factor, but in the case of female-driven films, she said: “We have yet to see enough films that have guaranteed the producer that ‘x’ amount of money can be paid upfront to the actress.”
Katrina suggests it is best if an actress decides a fee and then have a contract with a clause that “if the film makes ‘x’ amount, then pay me ‘y’ amount. If the film crosses Rs.100 crore, then you pay me Rs.20 crore… You clearly state all these things in the contract, so that the actor and the producer, both are safe.”
The actress has starred in films like “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Jab Tak Hai Jaan“. Her latest release is “Phantom“, in which she shares screen space with Saif Ali Khan. Her next projects include “Jagga Jasoos” and “Fitoor“.