Bollywood actress Kajol is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Helicopter Eela that will hit the screens on October 12. It is a woman centric film without any lead hero. Talking about the performance of women centric films on the box-office, Kajol said, “I think that issue has to do with box office collections to a big extent and there is gender issue for sure, but if you see, not a single actress film can do Rs 500 crore business the way a Salman Khan film does at the box office. Actresses over the years have been integral part in the success of a film, but after all, it’s a business.”
However, she also said that the times are changing and the audience is going to watch films entirely carried by an actress without the need of a lead actor. She said, “I am very grateful that today’s audience has changed and they are going to theatres to watch films like Kahaani and Raazi. People are making these films because it is now financially okay to make them and it’s all happening because of audience changing perspective.”
She also said that this discrimination is not just based in Bollywood but everywhere else too. And the actors that draws more audience to the theatres will obviously get paid more. She explained, “It’s a simple logic that if you go in a grocery shop, the owner of that shop will sell those products which have larger sale and you have to take that into consideration while making a film as well. Having said that, I am not saying that there is no gender discrimination in the industry. There is definitely gender discrimination and the pay structure has to change.”
Kajol took a long break after she got married with Ajay Devgn and the couple was blessed with kids. After raising the kids, Kajol made a comeback to films but she doesn’t signs too many projects. Talking about whether she misses being on set, she said, “I don’t miss it at all. I am happy working in one film in three years or one film in two years. I enjoy working, but I think work is just one part of your life. Other than that, you have your family which is really important.
Talking about the work-life balance, she said, “My kids also need me a lot. We think that once your child will grow up he or she will not need you but after our marriage also, we need our parents for their support. So, I enjoy my life and I don’t think I should work just for the heck of it.”