The phenomenon of unequal pay for men and women has always been evident in Bollywood. While the male actors apparently charge exorbitant amounts for doing a movie, their female counterparts are left with very lesser pay. However, it looks like Deepika Padukone, also titled as the reigning queen of Bollywood, will be changing the trend. As per sources, the Ramleela actress has charged a whopping amount of Rs. 12.65 crore for playing the titular role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next venture, Padmavati!
Deepika To Lead The Way To Equal Pay
This is the third time when Deepika and Bhansali will be joining hands. The hit trio of Deepika-Ranveer-Bhansali first came together in Ramleela, then in Bajirao Mastani and now they will be reuniting for the director’s next period drama, Padmavati. If reports are to be believed, Deepika was paid Rs. 1 crore for Ramleela. Two years later, she was paid Rs. 7 crores for essaying the character of Mastani. Now, the Cocktail actress has crossed the 10-crore benchmark for Padmavati, making her B-town’s highest-paid actress till date! Bhansali offered her Rs. 12.65 crores (11 crore plus taxes) to which the leggy beauty gave her nod.
In 2015, it was Queen Kangana Ranaut who held the title of being the highest-paid Bollywood actress. It is said that she had charged Rs. 11 crore for Tanu Weds Manu Returns. But Miss. Padukone had broken her record as well. Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra have tied at Rs. 9 crores, while Katrina Kaif and Vidya Balan charge Rs. 7 crore each for giving their thumbs up to any film.
However, the men still remain at an unmatchable height. Reports suggest that Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan have been paid Rs. 50 crores each for Mohenjo Daro and Dangal respectively. While Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan remain in the 40-45 crore bracket, it is Bhaijaan Salman Khan who steals the show with a whopping salary of Rs. 60 crore per film!