Pooja Bhatt, who charmed the audience with her acting roles in the 90s, has become a successful producer and a director. While she's all set to make her digital debut in the Netflix's show Bombay Begums, Pooja talks about the pay disparity in the industry. However, in her family productions, the females were paid according to the depth of their roles and hence got more pay than some leading actors of their time.
Talking about budgeting her films, she said, "For me, I was competing with my uncle and father. Rather my father had kind of formulated a way for them to make movies on a certain budget. So, if they were making a movie in 10 crores, I had to make a movie in 7.5 crores as a producer.So, I had to deal with that first."
Revealing that Sunny Leone and Bipasha Basu got more payment than John Abraham and Randeep Hooda, Bhatt added, "When I made Dushman I cast Kajol first and she was paid morethan Sanjay Dutt in that movie because it was her film. So, for me, it was always about the factthat it is the role that decides how much somebody takes home. It’s not about a man or a woman in that sense. When I made the Jism series, John was new, he was being launched, so Bipasha got paid a lot more than him. And even with Jism 2, while casting Sunny Leone, there was a sizable amount of money that I gave her that Randeep Hooda till date cribs about."