The main ladies of Bollywood now bear the sole responsibility for the films on their shoulders and are paid a considerable sum to do so, sometimes even more than their male co-stars.
Bollywood actresses are no longer seen as an arm candy next to their male counterparts! Divas are now on a roll and are working to eliminate sexist pay systems in the industry!
Here’s a list of Bollywood’s Top 5 highest paid female actors:
1. Kangana Ranaut — 27 Crores per film ($3.5 Million)
Kangana Ranaut is one of the most successful and highest paid actresses in the Bollywood industry. She was born on March 20, 1987 in Bhambla, near Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India.Ranaut’s acting career began in September 2005 when filmmaker Anurag Basu spotted her drinking coffee in a cafe and approached her for a lead role in Gangster.
2. Deepika Padukone Singh — 26 Crores per film ($3.4 Million)
Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress and former model. Padukone made her acting debut with the 2006 film Kannada Aishwarya. The following year, she made her Hindi film debut with the blockbuster Om Shanti Om, which won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
3. Shraddha Kapoor — 23 Crores per film ($3.0 Million)
At the age of 16, Salman Khan offered Shraddha Kapoor a role after seeing her perform at Boston University, but at that time she was not ready to act.
4. Alia Bhatt — 22 Crores per film ($2.9 Million)
Alia Bhatt had his first lead role in 2012 with Karan Johar’s teenage film Student of the Year, starring alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. She auditioned alongside 500 girls and was chosen after losing 16kg. She played a sophisticated teenager involved in a love triangle.
5. Priyanka Chopra Jonas— 21 Crore per film ($2.7 Million)
Although Chopra initially aspired to study aeronautical engineering, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, which resulted from her competition victories, making her Bollywood debut in The Hero (2003 ).