It is a fact that there is an ever-widening disparity in the payscales in the Indian film industry, especially so in the Hindi film sector. A debate on this topic rages on even as heroines continue to earn much less than their male counterparts. Heroines like Kangana, Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Sharma have been expressing their dissatisfaction about the pay disparity.
The situation may, however, be fast changing it seems. Till recently, Deepika Padukone was paid Rs 15 crore and is said to have earned more than her Padmaavat co-stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. However, now it appears Kangana has dethroned Deepika from the top slot. If reports are to be believed, Kangana was paid Rs 14 crore for her role in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Last year, according to reports, the actress is said to have earned Rs 11 crore thereby entering into the Highest Paid Actress list. Earlier, the actress was being paid Rs 5-6 crore only.
One of the reasons why Kangana was paid Rs 14 crore for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi after director Krish withdrew from the film for some reasons, Kangana is said to have wielded the megaphone and finished Manikarnika, which is expected to be released on January 25, next year. Director Krish left Manikarnika to work on the NTR biopic down South.
10 Highest Paid Actresses of Bollywood in 2018
• Deepika Padukone- 15 Crores.
• Priyanka Chopra-12 Crores.
• Kangana Ranaut- 11 crores.
• Kareena Kapoor Khan- 10 Crores.
• Katina Kaif – 9 Crores.
• Vidhya Balan- 8 Crores.
• Anushka Sharma- 8 crores.
• Shraddha Kapoor- 7 crores.