Here's why Shabana Azmi wants young superstars to follow Shah Rukh Khan
New Delhi: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has many admirers in Bollywood. Some like him for acting while others praise his larger than life personality. But, Shabana Azmi has found a unique reason to admire the ‘Romance King' of Hindi film industry.
The veteran actress is very much impressed by Shah Rukh Khan's recent decision to feature the name of his movie actresses before him.
Shabana, while talking about pay disparity in Bollywood, said “I feel gender disparity in payment exists all over the world, not particularly in the film industry and that is simply because it's the male star that brings the bucks in the box office, I would urge the young male superstars to support us in this”.
Giving example of Chennai Express, Shabana said, “Shah Rukh Khan made a remarkable gesture when he said that Deepika Padukone's name will come before him. That is lovely”.
“But it needs to go beyond that, Just as it is perfectly acceptable that when you have any of the big heroes then the big heroines will come along and do a secondary role,” she added while talking to a leading daily.
While Shabana praised SRK for starting the new trend in the industry, she urged the young superstars to follow suit.
She said, “Why can't male young superstars also say "All right, I will do this film in which I have a less important role because I feel it's important". So, this is the kind of gender equality I believe in. And if they do that, then the money will come in and we will be able to make the actual change. So it's all about sensitising them in a way”.
We hope all the young actors are listening to Mrs. Shabana Azmi.