Gone are the days when people’s enquiry were mostly in lieu of knowing who the hero of film is. In a rapidly and ever changing landscape, our actresses are equally capable of driving people to cinemas with their inclusion in it, and in a way that matters.
And for the same, rightly so, their remuneration for films have drastically gone up over the years. Although Bollywood too is not untouched with the issue of equality in wages, we can only hope that things will square over time. And here goes the list of top 10 highest paid actress in Indian cinema.
10. Alia Bhatt
The entrant on the list is the newbie who has left her footnotes all over with her enigmatic presence in a short period of time. She has proven herself as an actress with amazing performances in ‘Highway’, ‘Udta Punjab’ and most recently ‘Dear Zindagi’. She receives 2.5-4 crores INR per film.
9. Sonakshi Sinha
The Dabangg girl career found a quick steep and with her roles she has managed to hold on to it. She has given a lot of hits in her short career and producers never get shy of casting her for their films. She charges 3-5 crores per film.
8. Sonam Kapoor
The style diva, Sonam Kapoor, like her wardrobe is very choosy with her films. With her recent performance in ‘Neerja’, she has established herself as a well paid actress in Indian cinema. She charges 3-5 crores INR per film.
7. Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma is one of the most natural and gifted actresses of this generation. Given the amount of talent that she has, she definitely is in this business to stay for long. She has been in big hit films such as ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, Jab Tak Hain Jaan, and ‘Sultaan’. Recently, she delivered a top-notch performance in ‘Ae Dil Hain Mushkil’ and earned praise of everyone. No wonder, she receives 4-6 crores for each project.
6. Katrina Kaif
Although she finds herself usually at the receiving end of critics, Katrina Kaif has established herself as a top-paid actress in Indian cinema, and apparently, has given many hits. She charges 5-6 crores per film.
5. Vidya Balan
Vidya Balan is the hero of her own films (metaphorically, don’t want to be thought of as a sexist here). She is the pioneer of woman-centric films of this generation, and introduced to Bollywood a whole new dimension. Her roles in ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Kahaani’ are unforgettable. Her fees is 5-7.5 crores per film.
4. Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor is one of the most experienced and most talented actresses of this generation. Though she has not been doing much films lately, since she is expecting a baby, she is known to leave a mark with her every role. She receives a remuneration of 7-9 crores INR per film.
3. Priyanka Chopra
Her talent knows no bounds and this is true literally for now that she had started working in Hollywood projects and American TV shows. She is one of the top paid actresses and charges 8-10 crores INR per film.
2. Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut is in this position solely on grounds of her hard-work and impeccable roles she has essayed over the years. From ‘Fashion’ to ‘Queen’, her journey has been truly remarkable and she is the proud winner of two National Film awards. She has pulled off major hits such as ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and its sequel and now she charges 11 crores INR per film. Her upcoming release is a WW2 drama, ‘Rangoon’.
1. Deepika Padukone
Since her debut in ‘Om Shanti Om’, Deepika Padukone has come down a long way and has rightfully claimed the top position on this list.Thanks to big hits like ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Piku’, she has proven her versatility and consolidated a supreme position for her in the line of actresses. With a remuneration close to 15 crores INR per film, not only she is the highest paid actress in Bollywood, she is also the tenth highest paid actress worldwide.