Bollywood actress Kajol, who has a career in films spanning over two decades, believes that showbiz is ‘simply just another business’ and is a man’s world.
Wage inequality recently became a hot topic in Hollywood and Bollywood. When Kajol was asked about gender inequality in the film industry, she told IANS in an interview: “It is male dominated. There is no getting away from that fact. Whether it is Hollywood or Bollywood, that will be there because currently our world is like that.”
“Hollywood or Bollywood, it is simply another business where it is male dominated. But again, it has to be monetarily feasible and economically viable. It has everything to do with the pay scale as far as this particular business is concerned,” said Kajol, 41.
Kajol is married to actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgn. She was last seen in the 2015 film Dilwale. The actress isn’t taking a break from movies as of now. She will soon start shooting for a film.
“I can’t talk about it right now. It is still in the scripting stage. I hope it goes on floors in the next three months or so. The director is yet to be finalised,” said Kajol.Apart from doing movies, Kajol is also a soap brand’s ambassador. Help a Child Reach 5 has been advocating hand washing with soap as one of the most cost-effective means of preventing child deaths on platforms.
“It’s (the campaign) very close to my heart. As a star and as a person, you have a responsibility. You need to stand up and be a part of the society and help out in whichever way you can. For somebody like me, I am famous and people recognise me,” said Kajol.
“Hopefully, they will believe in the things that I have to say. So, I can use that to the advantage of my society and work for it,” Kajol said about the cause for which she visited New Delhi and also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kajol shared that they spoke about how hand wash should be mandatory in schools. “It is necessary to put in not only in the toilet but wash basins as well. So that facility should be available and then only will the habit be available,” said Kajol.Has he shown any support to the cause?
“Officially, no. I can’t say that we have tied up. But I think the way we are going, what we are talking about, it coincides well with his own campaign (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan). We are definitely on the same page,” added Kajol.Kajol also said that her children – daughter Nysa and son Yug, complain a lot.
“They always complain. If they had their way, I would be sitting at home 24/7. My son tells me, ‘Mama I like it when I enter the house and see you waiting for me.’ I think every child wants their mother to be their bai (maid),” added Kajol.