#boycottKareenaKapoor was recently trending on twitter after a report alleging her charging a whopping Rs 12 crore fee for playing Sita on-screen got viral. Netizens claimed that Bebo is hurting religious sentiments by hiking her fees.
Neither the report was confirmed or denied by Kareena nor did she make any comment on the online trolls. However Actress Taapsee Pannu has come in support of Kareena saying that it is well within her rights to demand a hefty salary for a comparatively more cumbersome shoot.
Taapsee added that it’s a sign of ingrained sexism that only women are criticised for hiking their salaries, and were a man to do the same thing, it would be viewed as a sign of his success. “If it would have been a man in that position, who would have asked for a particular amount, it would have been looked upon like, ‘iski market badh gayi hai (his worth has improved)’. Like that guy has really achieved big success in life. But because a woman is asking for it, she’s called ‘difficult’, ‘too demanding’. It’s always like that.” She was quoted saying.
She added, “You’ll always read about this problem issue of hiked salary with women. But why not? She is one of the biggest female superstars we have in the country. If she commands a certain salary for her time, it’s her job. Do you think any other mythological characters that are played by men; do you think they do it for free? I don’t think so.”
According to the unconfirmed report Kareena Kapoor had hiked her fees from around ₹6-8 crore to ₹12 crore for the Sita film, described as a retelling of the Ramayana from Sita’s perspective. The source also noted that the film would require between eight to 10 months of the actor’s time.