“The debate on pay parity is a thought which has been put out. The pay should be according to genre, how the box office is and box office success.”

These are the words of actor Kajol who said in an interview that pay parity is important, but clouding it in shadows of gender is not the way to go. Equal pay should be decided based on box office success, than one’s gender.

“Pay equality is coming up to par. To call it a ‘trend’ would be a strange (it is) something that should be a natural fact of life,” she added, TOI reported

Her Debut

The daughter of 60s and 70s superstar Tanuja managed to make her mark in Bollywood in the 90s, with a string of blockbuster hits. Known for her acting chops as well as for her frank and forthright views on a lot of subjects, Kajol always chose roles she wanted to do, genres she wanted to explore – empowering, yet different from clichéd characters.

The very talented Kajol made her Hindi film debut with Rahul Rawail’s ‘Bekhudi’ in 1992.

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The Journey

“I keep taking a break. Every year I take a break. It is very important for my health. I cannot sum it all up in just one or two sentences. But it has been a long and fruitful journey. I am thankful for everything that God has blessed me with,” added the actress, who got her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, Singapore, last month.

When asked about her vibrant journey, she recalled, “I have done what I thought was right. Some of it has paid off and some were mistakes. No, I would not call it a mistake, but a learning experience. And I don’t regret one bit of it or any aspect of it.”

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A Versatile Actress

Asked if it was easy to work on her own terms, Kajol said: “It was not easy or difficult. I didn’t think about it. Only, I did what I thought was right. I didn’t pay attention to what everybody was saying and what everybody wanted, which is exactly the way my mother has brought me up.”

Kajol was last seen starring in ‘Dilwale’ in 2015. She is now busy with ‘Eela’. The actor has also lent her voice to the character of Helen Parr a.k.a Elastigirl, for the Hindi version of Disney Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’.

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