Updated May 29th, 2024 at 20:20 IST

Raashii Khanna Weighs In On Pay Disparity Debate, Demands 'Better Paychecks' For Female Artistes

Raashii Khanna said the success of female stars-led movies such as Crew and Article 370, is a validation for all the female artistes of the country.

Raashii Khanna has shared a series of photos offering a glimpse of her last night's shenanigans. | Image:Instagram
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Female artists have made huge strides whether it is at the Cannes Film Festival or the box office success of films. While movies like Crew and Aranmanai 4 made a huge splash in the thetres, Payal Kapadia's All We Imagine As Light bagged the Grand Prix at the Cannes 2024. Anasuya Sengupta also won the Best Actress award in the Un Certain Regard segment for her movie The Shameless. In a recent interview, Raashii Khanna said these achievements should be reflected in their paychecks. 

Raashii Khanna demands better paychecks for female artists 

Khanna, whose Tamil film Aranmanai 4 has done well at the box office, said the success of female stars-led movies such as Crew and Article 370, is a validation for all the female artistes of the country. The actress told PTI, “Art and cinema should be beyond gender. It's high time we treat it like that. Films like Article 370 or Crew and our film have only proven that women are as far ahead as men are.”

 

"Even this conversation shouldn't exist in times where everybody should be treated equally. The art is judged by the way it is made, not by who is in it. We should also get better paychecks in films honestly because there is a huge gap. I hope that happens in time. Seeing those women is an amazing feeling," Raashii said at the trailer launch of the Hindi version of Aranmanai 4.

Khanna said there should be no doubt that women artists can carry a film on their shoulders. "I am very proud of the achievements of women. I think it is a proud moment for us to bring this film to you and this is what we are taking to the audience. I hope the number goes even higher that really validates our existence in the industry," she added.

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More about Aranmanai 4

Aranmanai 4, the fourth installment in the franchise, is directed and written by Sundar C, who also features in the movie. Produced by actor-politician Khushbu Sundar’s Avni Cinemax and A C S Arun Kumar’s Benzz Media, the Tamil film earned over ₹80 crore at the box office since its release on May 3.

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The Aranmanai franchise revolves around a large family, who return to an ancestral property to sell it off, only to discover some supernatural elements in the palace. The movie series started with Aranmanai, which was released in 2014, and followed by two sequels — Aranmanai 2 and Aranmanai 3 .

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Published May 29th, 2024 at 20:20 IST