Veteran actor Jaya Bachchan is a regular in her granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda’s weekly podcast, ‘What The Hell Navya’. Speaking on the latest episode, ‘One Crown’, this week, Jaya addressed the topic of wage disparity between men and women. Navya said women are not being paid equally and cited examples in tennis and basketball, where women are paid less than their male counterparts.
Navya asked Jaya and her mother Shweta Bachchan, why such a thing happens and what can be done to solve the problem. Jaya replied, “The insecurity of a man, who’s sitting at the head of it. Actually, he’s insecure and that’s why he finds it easier to put a woman down in every field and in every way and this is the outcome of that kind of a mindset.”
She added, "For centuries women have never stood up for themselves. There are exceptions, but now it's changing the younger generation it's changing and it's also because mothers are realising that my daughter and my son are as good as each other.” Jaya further said, "Educated women also have double standards, which is so sad. Sometimes I want to say it but do not feel good about saying it, but sometimes women are their own enemies. Of course, it's also the father's responsibility.”
On the work front, Jaya will be seen next in Karan Johar’s ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’. The movie also stars Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi, Alia Bhatt, and Ranveer Singh. It is set to release in theatres on April 2023.