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Women are not paid peanuts anymore but are certainly not paid as much as men are for TV: Pallavi Joshi

In an interview with Nation Next, Pallavi Joshi speaks about Marathi Cinema and the huge remuneration gap among the male and female actors.
Pallavi Joshi

Actress Pallavi Joshi, widely known for her television shows like Antakshari, Aarohan, Alpviram, Talash, etc, is extremely selective about the roles she plays. Shes no longer fond of today’s daily soaps, as she feels there’s no quality content left in them. In an interview with Nation Next, Pallavi Joshi speaks about her first ever television daily soap – Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai’ (which brought her back to television after almost a decade), Marathi Cinema and the huge remuneration gap among the male and female actors.


You had returned to television in a daily soap  – Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai – on &TV after a long hiatus. Would you call it as your comeback

Not really, because I’m not planning to do any more television. I signed Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai? because I liked the story and because it was a finite show. I knew that the commitment was not going to stretch beyond four to five months. I hate doing daily soaps. I had stopped working in between because I didn’t want to do television, as I wasn’t getting good offers. I invested my time in my family rather than doing any bad show.

Hows your experience of working in the daily soap Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai after working in weekly shows like Aarohan, Alpviram, Talash, Imtihaan, etc? What has changed in the television industry since the 90s

Working in a daily soap is a terrible experience! We don’t have stories anymore unlike we had in the 90s. The format has changed completely. We don’t look forward to working on literature or focusing on great story telling, or authors whose books can be adapted. Any character can suddenly turn into a naagin (female snake) or a dayan (witch) in a daily show! When we did weekly shows, we had a time frame with a definite story line, which we were extremely happy with.

You said that daily soaps are not your cup of tea. What made you go ahead with Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai?

It was the only daily soap that I’ve done in my life because the story fascinated me. I loved my character. I could see a flow of characters. Most importantly, it had a beginning and an end unlike today’s daily soaps; rather serials, which keep revolving around something that doesn’t make sense. Today, everything changes as per the audiences taste. New storylines are brought in. I was hopeful that such kind of a thing wouldn’t happen with the show I was working in, because I was told that the people involved didn’t care for ratings (TRPs). They just wanted to make a project, which would be remembered for generations to come. Unfortunately, when we were at the fag end of the show, we too started doing the same thing.

For a fastidious actress like you, this is the most opportune time in Marathi cinema and TV, as very interesting projects are being made in both the industries. Still we don’t see you doing any Marathi serials or films after your last film Rita. Why?

I did a Marathi movie ?Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta’ in 2013 with Mrinal Kulkarni. It’s not that I wasn’t offered films; it’s just a matter of choice. I’m selective because if I’ve done a movie like Rita, I don’t want to redo a similar movie. When you perform well, people want to cast you in the same role multiple times. That I can’t do.

You had once pointed out that women actors are not safe while working. As an executive member of the CINTAA (Cine and Television ArtistsAssociation), what are you doing for the womens safety during work hours

Not just female actors, even male actors should be safeguarded during working hours. There are no concrete steps that one can take to ensure womens safety but we have taken producers in our loop. Only members can work in the shoot. We ensure weekly visits to the sets to cross check every member with their identity card. If any untoward incident happens, CINTAA takes the responsibility.

You said that you wouldn’t work with the best of directors if you were being paid peanuts. We can see that the erstwhile male dominated TV industry has now become women-centric with the pivotal characters being women. Are women still paid peanuts in television industry?

Women are not paid peanuts anymore but are certainly not paid as much as men are in the Hindi TV industry. There’s still a lot of difference in Sakshi Tanwars remuneration and the remuneration of male actors like Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roys remuneration. Marathi movie stars are still paid peanuts more so because of the low production budget. Lets not talk about Marathi stars because they are treated like lepers! A Hindi industry actor, for instance, at Balaji Telefilms Limited, gets paid anywhere between 17-18 lacs per episode.

Even Bollywood is opening up to women-centric films like Queen, Highway etc. Has the remuneration for women increased there also?

Not yet. Have you ever seen Kangana Ranaut or Deepika Padukone charging 30-40 crores per movie?

While your film Budhha in a traffic jam (directed by your husband Vivek Agnihotri) got a standing ovation at Mumbai International Film Festival, it didn’t do well commercially. Haven?t the times changed in Indian cinema?

The film was just being screened during the afternoon hours in a lot of theatres. It was a very small release; you can’t compare it with a Bollywood blockbuster! A typical Salman Khan film would be released in 4000 prints across India unlike ours, which had just 150 print releases. We were no way in that league. Whatever box office collections we had acquired over the weekend for the afternoon show were very good. We didn’t have box office success on our mind when we released the film. We screened our film in all the IITs, IIMs and other premier institutes even before it’s release. The idea was to reach out to as many people as possible just to make them aware of the evil happenings around them in the society. We shot the film in 2011 but because of the producers indifferent approach towards the film, we had to release it in 2016 by fielding in more investors. Sooraj Barjatya was supposed to get involved with us for the film but because of the movies bold content, he couldn’t release it under Rajshri Productions. Had Rajshri Productions released the film, a wrong message would have been passed to its viewers.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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