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Gender Pay Gap Issue, Here’s What Karan Johar Has To Say

Ravi Sharma | October, 15 2019

Filmmaker and producer Karan Johar says that there are many verticals which need to be observed while playing male and female stars, and people don’t understand the economics of business.

Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt hosted an interactive media session at MAMI Movie Mela in Mumbai on Sunday evening. During the session, Gender Pay Gap topic was asked and filmmaker Karan has a defending remark.

When asked about paying male and female superstar differently, Karan Johar defended that he has tried to pay everyone equally.
He said, “There is a larger understanding of the economics of movies that sometimes is lesser known by people who don't understand the business and how it functions. Many times, people make sweeping statements about it. I'm the first person who'll always want to pay what is completely right, just, and justified and valid. I've always done it”

“But I feel there's a larger understanding of the budget versus the verticals that you sell on digital and satellite that are driven by different data”

“There are many women who deserve much more money than the men and there are men who have earned their chops because of their talent and tenacity and just the work they have put in. So, it's very subjective and cannot be just put into one strong slot. While I'm all about equality and I among people who are always about equality, when it comes to love or paying people, but there are larger optics to look at, where we have to"

Karan Johar is returning to direction with forthcoming period drama Takht, which stars Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles.

The movie has its screenplay done by Sumit Roy. Takht is produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta under the banner Dharma Productions. The movie will hit the big screen on 2020.

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