Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Nepali Female Actors Say Males Paid Much More


Despite a provision in Nepal’s constitution ensuring equal pay for men and women,  Nepali actresses say they earn half that of their male colleagues.
Women might earn between $2,000 and $4,000 for a film, while for men the figure is between $2,790 and $7,000.
Basundhara Bhusal, who at 55 claims to be the oldest female actress in the Nepali film industry, has appeared in 135 feature films and 60 TV shows. Yet she says she doesn’t earn enough to buy new clothes.
“I had to wear the same clothes in a bunch of movies because I didn’t have money to buy a new wardrobe for every movie,” she says. ( I thought they would get their own wardrobe from the movie )
Men in the industry, such as actor Jeevan Luitel, admit that discrimination is rife. Producer and director Pradeep Udaya claims the disparity is because male roles are more time intensive, but Richa Ghimire, one of Nepal’s most popular actresses, disagrees.
“Even if the male actor’s role is only a couple of scenes long, they are paid more than female actors who work in the entire movie,” she says.
Ghimire now refuses to work on movies that won’t adhere to the fair pay clause.
“We have to rise against this kind of discrimination,” she says.

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