Talking on the International Women's Day, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said that despite working twice as hard as men, women in Bollywood don't get the recognition that they deserve.
“They work harder, they look better, they make the film stick together and I honestly think sometimes, they do not get the due credit that they deserve,” said Shah Rukh Khan in an interview with IANS.
“I truly believe that women are the backbone, at least in my field of work. I am inspired by all of them," he added.
On the occasion of the International Women's Day TATA Tea's Jaago Re campaign Shah Rukh Khan has taken a pledge that from now on in all his films, the lead actress' name would appear before his in the credits. This trend will start with his upcoming movie ‘Chennai Express’, where Deepika Padukone’s name will feature before Shah Rukh Khan.
The actor, who has worked with female directors Hema Malini in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ and Farah Khan in ‘Main Hoon Na’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’, said that Bollywood needed more women directors.
“I would love to have more women directors directing me. I personally feel bad when sometime male directors waste a lot of time to make the heroine of the film look good. I think they have a tenderer spot for women, especially while shooting for songs," he said.
“I would really really like to work more with women directors. If we had more women directors, I would work only with women directors," he concluded.