Deepika Padukone Becomes Highest Paid Actress. Guess Her Fee?

Deepika Padukone has done what no other Bollywood actress has managed to do so far. She has just become the highest paid actress with her film ‘Padmavati’, for which she has charged a whopping – 12 Crore!

And why is this bit of information so important? If we look at the gender disparity in pay, the results are startling. Deepika and her female contemporaries like Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif make – to put it lightly – peanuts, in comparision to what their male contemporary actors make. But this latest development looks like a step in the positive direction to bridging the huge gap.

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The three Khans – Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman Khan, along with Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar, are all said to charge 50 Cr and above per film plus they get a share of the profits as part of their contract. Meanwhile even the top Bollywood actresses are paid only a meager 6 – 8 Cr per film. The only actress to have broken that barrier until now was Kangana Ranaut who was said to charge 11 Crore.

Sources now claim that Deepika has not only surpassed Kangana but that her fee has seen a steady rise with the three movies she has done with Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

“For Ram-Leela she got Rs 1 crore, for Bajirao Mastani, which came two years later, it was Rs 7 crore, this time it is Rs 12.62 crore, making her the first Bollywood actress to break the Rs 10 crore barrier!”

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Two things seem to have worked in Deepika favour in securing such a fat fee. The fact that ‘Padmavati’ is a woman-centric film – the titular character is played by Deepika, and that Miss Padukone is now foraying into Hollywood with an important role in Van Diesel’s movie has upped her market value.

So is this a sign of better times for Bollywood actresses ahead. We definitely think so. The road to equality is long but any step forward is good.

More power to you, Dee!

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