My films' budget is sometimes as much as a male star's salary: Taapsee Pannu on why she 'cannot invest a full year in a film'


Taapsee Pannu recently talked about the budget of female-driven films in Bollywood and how one cannot rely on VFX. The actress said 'her entire films can sometimes cost as much as a male star’s salary'. She feels the challenge to get Rashmi Rocket right is greater than anticipated, because the filmmakers do not have the luxury of a large budget.

The actress said in an interview, “You don’t have as much of a budget in female-driven films as you have in male-driven ones. So you can’t rely on VFX, you have to work on your body. Besides, a female cannot invest a full year in a film because she isn’t paid as much as her male counterpart.”


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She continued, “Humare film ka budget itna hota hai jitna ek male actor ki ek film ki fee hoti hai (Our films cost as much as a male actor’s fee). And if I decided to invest a year in the prep and shoot of a film, I would be losing out on five films. That just won’t be practical. The kind of stuff that I am now getting is something that I can hardly say ‘no’ to.”

Taapsee, who was last seen in Anubhav Sinha’s critically acclaimed Thappad, has several films in the pipeline, including Rashmi Rocket, Haseen Dillruba, Shabaash Mithu and Looop Lapeta.

(Source: Times of India)