Deepika Padukone, believed to be among one of the highest paid actress in Bollywood (certainly the highest paid female star), addressed pay disparity between genders in her speech at the Time 100 Gala in New York. Deepika said that it’s okay to fight for higher remuneration if you believe you deserve the amount. Deepika, who is on Time magazine’s 2018 list of 100 Most Influential People, said: “You can feel a sense of ‘am I stepping over the line, do I deserve it?’ But if you think you deserve it, then you do.” Deepika told during her speech: “For years, we’ve been made to feel we should be okay with settling for less, with sometimes a promise of getting more later on. But I think you should get what you think you deserve about in your carrier. It’s okay to fight for it, and it’s okay to feel uncomfortable initially because that’s just the way we’ve been made to feel for so long.”
.@deepikapadukone makes an emotional statement on battling with clinical depression and why people all across the world ought to be more sensitive to what's happening around us… #TIME100 #Time100Gala pic.twitter.com/BRUoJBdyG8
— Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) April 25, 2018
At the Time 100 Gala, Deepika also spoke about her battle with depression. “February 15, 2014, I remember waking up that morning with a strange pittish feeling in my stomach. I had no idea what I was feeling. Life all of a sudden just felt meaningless, and there were days when I just wanted to give up. And a couple of weeks later I was diagnosed with clinical depression,”
She also said,”Four years on, I stand here in front of all of you with a slightly better understanding, I think, of life and my feelings and the person that I am, but I feel like more importantly, I think all of you will agree with me when I say that we’re going through some pretty challenging times all around the world,” 32-year-old actress said at the Time 100 Gala.
Deepika Padukone, one of three Indians on the Time 100 list with cricketer Virat Kohli and Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal, wore an Anamika Khanna saree-gown for the Time 100 Gala.