The list of Highest paid Bollywood actresses includes so many popular names like such as Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, and Priyanka Chopra but we all know that male actors always have some upper hand in getting remuneration as compared to the female leads due to the various reasons but you cannot discard the valuable contribution of actresses to the film industry over the years.
Whether it is Nargis Dutt of Mother India, Nutan of Bandini, Madhuri Dixit of Mrityudand or Kangana Ranaut of Queen, time to time, female actresses showed their steal and proof that they have also done wonders as their male counterparts through their outstanding performances.
But if we talk about the Highest paid Bollywood actresses, the remuneration given to the Bollywood actresses, there is huge gap between the salaries they get as compared to the male actors. The reasons for this disparity which have been expressed by the producers are that the fan following of male actors are more than female actors due to which people have come to see their favorite male actors which itself shows in the numbers collected by the films.
It is a fact that the film having male in the lead have generally collected more money than the film comprises only female in the main lead. Producers clearly mention that the funda is really very simple, the actor or actress only gets high pay packages if their film have done really well at the box office and brand value they have established in the market.
But the reality is the gap of the pay packet between the male or female is very high. Currently the highest paid Bollywood actress is Deepika Padukone who is getting Rs 15 crore for a single film she does, while the highest paid Bollywood actor is Salman Khan whose fees per film stands between Rs 60-65 crore.
So you can clearly see that Salman is getting 4 times excess than Deepika which is not ideal. However, the current situation is far better than the earlier, thanks to Vidya Balan and Kangana Ranaut who has taken the charge and stood against this pay parity in Bollywood after their woman centric films, The Dirty Picture and Queen respectively became huge hits at the box office.
Currently Deepika and Kangana are the top two highest paid actresses competing neck to neck. Till last year, Kangana was on the top charging Rs11 crore for a film but Deepika Padukone surpassed Kangana after her mind-blowing performance in superhit film Bajirao Mastani.
She has hiked her fees by 5 crore and jump on the top with Rs 15 crore remuneration for a film. Deepika actually deserves this position because she had given three superhits in 2015 including Piku, Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani.
Let’s take a look at the list of Highest paid Bollywood actress 2016:
Deepika Padukone is currently on the top of this list of highest paid actresses of 2016. After her standout performances last year in Piku and Bajirao Mastani, she has surpassed Kangana Ranaut who was on top till December 2015.
Deepika is charging a whopping amount of Rs 15 crore per film which is the highest amount paid to any Bollywood actress till date for her upcoming Hollywood film XXX-The Return of Xander Cage. With the way she is climbing the ladder of success, these numbers would further rise in near future.
Kangana Ranaut undoubtedly one of top notch actresses of Bollywood. This small town girl from Himachal had suddenly raised her bar from 2013 film Queen which had become biggest hit of the year. Her performance was well recognized by the audience and she got the National Award for the film which transformed her fortunes. Again in Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015), she proved her metal and bagged her third National Award. Kangana is getting Rs 11 crore as remuneration and sustained on the second position in this list.
Priyanka Chopra –
Priyanka Chopra, the global icon of Bollywood, who had just started her International career with the popular American Television series Quantico is currently stands on 3rd position as her per film fees is Rs 9 crore. Her last Bollywood appearances in Jai Gangajal (2016) and Bajirao Mastani (2015) had got the rave reviews. Now Pee Cee is making her Hollywood debut with Baywatch in which she is sharing the screen space with Dwayne Johnson.
Kareena Kapoor Khan–
Kareena Kapoor Khan is the most charming and beautiful actress of the B-Town. Over the years, she has been part of some biggest blockbusters like 3 Idiots (2009), Singham Series, Golmaal Series and recently Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015). She is very selective about the film that’s why she is charging Rs 9 crore for a film. Her recent released Ki and Ka with Arjun Kapoor has been appreciated by the people then She appeared in thriller film Udta Punjab scored much then its making budget.
Katrina Kaif –
Not too long, Katrina Kaif was the highest paid actress of Bollywood with her back to back superhit films but her last few films including Bang Bang (2014), Phantom (2015) and Fitoor (2016) had not done well at the box office due to which she has paid the price by seen a huge drop in her fees.
This British-born Indian actress Kat, who at a time charged more than 10 crore, now fall down to Rs 7 crore which means her popularity, has somehow affected with these unwanted flops but Katrina is a very talented actress and very soon she will again shine on the top. Her next release would be Anurag Basu’s comedy –thriller Jagga Jasoos in which she will be seen along with Ranbir Kapoor.
Vidya Balan popularly called as Aamir Khan of actresses, is the first one to showcase her talent and proved that a female actress could also stand and deliver a film on her own shoulder. Her performance in The Dirty Picture (2011) got her the National Award followed by her fantastic show in Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller Kahaani (2012) in the subsequent year.
However her last few films had not done well at the box office but still she is among the highest paid actresses and currently stands on 6th position with Rs 6 to 7 crore per film. Her last film Kahaani 2 received mixed reviews and average at Box-office before she appreciated for Sujoy Ghosh production venture Te3n in which she shared screen space with Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Anushka Sharma –
Anushka Sharma is one of the brightest young talents of the industry. This non filmy background girl got the chance to start his career with superstar Shah Rukh Khan and ace director-producer Aditya Chopra in romantic-drama Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) which was a big hit. Since then she never looked back and has been part of some superhit films like Band Baja Baaraat (2010), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), PK (2014), Sultan, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Her remuneration per film is currently ranging between Rs 5 to 6 crore and with the way she is going it will further increase in near future. 2016 is beiggest year of her career where she worked opposite Box Office King Salman Khan and their Sports Drama Sultan is on top Highest Grossing Bollywood Movies of 2016
Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha also got the dream start of her career with Salman Khan in blockbuster film Dabangg (2010). After that she has been part of some big films like Son of Sardaar (2012), Dabangg 2 (2012) and Holiday (2014) but never recognized for her acting skills.
She still have to proof herself in a solo lead but her fan following is very rich and she gets around Rs 4 to 5 crore for a film. Her 2016 films Akira and Force 2 in which she is doing some hard hitting action sequences, proved herself.
Alia Bhatt –
Started her filmi career at the young age of 18 with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year (2012), Alia is one of those rare female actresses who has achieved so much appreciation in such a short span of 4 years in the industry. In such a young age, this daughter of ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt have choose some off beats film like Highway (2014), Udta Punjab (2016) to show her acting skills.
Almost every film she did whether it was Humpy Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), 2 States (2014), Kapoor and Sons (2015), Udta Punjab (2016) were big hits at the box office and it seems that one day Alia will be on top of this list. Right now, she is charging Rs 3 crore per film which will surely in the higher side in the coming months.
Shraddha Kapoor –
Shraddha Kapoor, daughter of popular character actor Shakti Kapoor, is the brightest actress of the B-Town. She started her career with two biggest flop films Luv Ka the End (2010) and Teen Patti (2011) where nobody even recognized her in the film.
Then came a twist in her career when Mahesh Bhatt and Mohit Suri had signed her for Aashiqui 2 (2013), the second installment of hit musical film Aashiqui (1990).
The film gone be blockbuster at the box office and this new on-screen pair of Shraddha and Aditya Roy Kapoor became the next iconic pair of Bollywood. Since then, she never looked back and proved her with every single film such as Ek Villain (2014) and ABCD 2 (2015).
She is also a very good singer and playbacked some soulful tracks in her films. If we talk about his fees per film, it currently stands at Rs 2 to 3 crore for a single film and it will hike in the coming days as she will be part of some big films such as Ok Jaanu.