Actors from the Hindi film industry are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to exploring new genres to work in. From venturing into the digital medium or participating in television reality shows, to singing and choreographing and producing, some of them have now begin experimenting with radio as a platform to work with.
Kareena Kapoor Khan launched her own radio show, What Women Want on Ishq 104.8 FM last year which became an instant hit. The show’s principle was to share inspiring stories of women from different walks of life. It addressed issues that women in contemporary society face in India.
Now, another actor who played a radio jockey in her last release Tumhari Sulu has recently begun her stint as a real -time-and-space RJ and seems to be loving it.
Vidya Balan who now hosts a show Dhun Badalke Toh Dekho with Vidya Balan, on BIG FM encourages people to be part of topics that matter and affect society in many ways. The actor will soon be seen hosting her contemporaries from the film industry and driving compelling discussions around social challenges and issues around Equal Pay.
The episode will see director Zoya Akhtar, veteran actor Raveena Tandon and actor Rajkummar Rao engage in conversation around the longstanding and unresolved issue of equality in pay.
When asked whether she will agree on the existing pay gap and if she has witnessed any change over a period of time, Tandon said, “We face inequality when it comes to pay not just in the Indian film industry, but in other sectors as well. Women, unfortunately, have always had to work harder and prove that they are not only equal to their male counterparts but probably are better. While things might take time to bring about a change and balance, we can see the situation improving in our industry, where actresses are getting very well paid now, which is a good start.”
Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar who has openly taken up issues that affect women in her films and at public platforms as such, commented, “Each case is very different. But the uniting factor here is when I am contributing X amount of work, hours and energy in return of investment made on me, I deserve to be paid equally irrespective of my gender. It’s as simple as that.”
The National Award winning actor who made his debut with Dibakar Banerjee’s experimental film, Love Sex Aur Dokha (2010) clarified that he has been vocal and very much in favour of equal pay, for “your work doesn’t depend on your gender but your work. So, there has to be an equal pay.”