NEW DELHI -- With artistes getting their due credit in Bollywood now, superstar Kajol says it's the best time for an actor to be in the Hindi film industry.
Kajol, 41, who made a comeback on the silver screen after a gap of five years with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale, said Bollywood has films for every performer be it male or female dominated.
"Our film industry is in a wonderful phase, where we are at right now. As actors, we have a world in front of us. Male, female, hero, heroine and what we used to call character actors, everybody has the chance to have a film that centres around them with nobody taking away anything from anyone. Right now, it's a nice place to be an actor," Kajol told PTI.
Asked her opinion on the female pay disparity in Bollywood and Hollywood, the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) star said it's a global issue.
"I think it's definitely prevalent in Bollywood. It's world over. It's a male dominated business. I also think we have a Meryl Streep, who has done Mamma Mia! (2008). We have Julia Roberts, who has done Notting Hill (1999). I cried in Skyfall (2012) after watching Judi Dench. We have so many actresses, who have done so much fantastic work today despite being paid less."
Kajol said it's completely fine for a middle-aged actress if she is not getting to play a college girl.
"If you talk about typical typecast of a herione, may be they cannot currently play a 16-year-old bubbly girl and rejecting or not getting roles, that is perfectly fine. You have to find a film that works for you."
But the mother of two is happy that the scenario is different in the small screen.
"TV has only women-centric shows. On these shows, men are playing the side roles."
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