Talented Aishwarya Rajesh, who has of late been landing up plum projects in her kitty, has shocked her peers in particular and the film industry in general by revealing that she too faced the ‘sex-for-film offer’ proposals five years. She thus joins the issue with a few other actresses who have been bold enough to talk about it.
Debutant film-maker Manikandan’s 2015 hit film Kakka Muttai, produced jointly by national award-winning actor Dhanush and national award-winning film-maker Vetrimaaran, brought to the fore the ‘actress’ in Aishwarya Rajesh as she boldly took on the role of two grown-up boys in the film which show-cased the craze for pizza among the economically deprived classes and the resultant effects in a firm manner.
Aishwarya has also forayed in to Hindi films with Daddy which released last Friday (08th September) across halls in the country. Speaking to a leading English daily recently, Aishwarya spilled the beans about the issue about which not many actresses feel comfortable to discuss with or talk about.
“Unlike South Indian film-makers, their peers in Bollywood don’t look for fair-skinned heroines. A few things have changed of late. When I tried to enter films five yers back, I was told to ‘adjust’ and was offered the ‘sex-for-film offer’ proposals which I summarily rejected. Those who made the proposal are still in films and are apprehensive that they may be exposed.
“Nowadays, I feel that the ‘adjustment’ issue no more exists. However, the gender bias is still there which reflects in the disparity in pay between a hero and a heroine. When a top hero easily gets Rs.10 crores per film, Nayantara gets not more than Rs.3 crore per film of hers. This (bias) hasn’t changed a bit,” Aishwarya, busy with Gautham Menon and Vetrimaaran’s upcoming films in her kitty, said.