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Top 10 Highest Paid Actress In India

As Bollywood celebrates nearly a century of existence, the film industry has undergone remarkable transformations. Technological advancements, evolving genres, and significant shifts in the portrayal and participation of women mark this journey. Notably, the role of women in Bollywood has seen a profound reinvention, both in on-screen representation and behind-the-scenes contributions.

A particularly noteworthy change is reflected in the realm of women’s pay in Bollywood. Over time, women have made substantial strides, demanding and receiving the compensation they rightfully deserve. Surprisingly, numerous Bollywood actresses now earn more than many of their male counterparts, signalling a positive shift towards gender parity in the industry.

Highest Paid Bollywood Actress

1. Deepika Padukone [Rs.12-15 Crore]

Deepika Padukone

In 2023, Deepika Padukone is Bollywood’s reigning queen. At 8, she appeared in her first ad. She started acting in 2006 with the Kannada movie “Aishwarya” and is now the highest-paid Hindi actress, a powerhouse talent in Indian cinema.

2. Kangana Ranaut [Rs.12-15 Crore]

Kangana Ranaut

Known as the “boss lady” of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut secures the second spot on India’s list of highest-paid actresses. Often surrounded by controversies, she operates on the principle of claiming what is rightfully hers with determination. Beginning her career with “Gangster” in 2006, Kangana has evolved into a successful filmmaker. Dubbed the “Queen,” she serves as an inspiration for her boldness and ambition, earning National Awards for her outstanding performances in several movies.

3. Priyanka Chopra [Rs.10-12 Crore]

Priyanka Chopra

Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopra, is a household name. Beginning her acting journey with a Tamil movie in 2002, she transitioned to Hollywood after delivering outstanding performances in Bollywood. Priyanka’s impact extends beyond her acting prowess; her aura and strong woman personality have garnered admiration globally. Fondly known as “Piggy Chops” in the industry, she holds the distinction of winning National Awards twice, solidifying her position as a versatile and acclaimed talent.

4. Katrina Kaif [Rs.10-12 Crore]

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif’s remarkable journey from a different country and culture to establishing a strong presence in Bollywood is truly commendable. Renowned as one of the most gorgeous actresses in showbiz, Katrina is an all-rounder in acting, seamlessly portraying roles in romance, comedy, and action genres. Her Bollywood debut in 2003 with “Boom” marked the beginning of an unstoppable career. Over the years, she has consistently been part of some of the biggest movies in the industry, showcasing her versatility and contributing to the success of numerous blockbuster films.

5. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt 

From being the “student of the year” in 2012, Alia Bhatt has not just graduated but mastered her art by 2023. Her acting career is adorned with stellar performances in movies like “Gangubai Kathiawadi,” “Udta Punjab,” and “Raazi,” earning accolades from audiences across the country. Despite her youth compared to others on the list, Alia has carved a solid place for herself in the industry, showcasing her talent and versatility.

6. Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Beginning her acting journey with “Refugee” in 2000, Kareena Kapoor, fondly known as Bebo, has graced over 60 Hindi movies. Known for her versatility, she has portrayed diverse roles, offering a spectrum of flavors to audiences. Whether it’s the timeless charm of “Jab We Met” or the perennial favorite “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,” Kareena has captured many hearts. Remarkably, she has demonstrated that motherhood and a thriving acting career can coexist harmoniously.

7. Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor

Debuting in Bollywood with “Teen Patti” in 2010, the bubbly girl evolved into a Bollywood sensation, especially with her role in “Stree.” Known for her cheerful persona, she has become a favorite among young Bollywood fans. Whether on-screen or off-screen, she proves to be a real entertainer, spreading joy and leaving a lasting impact.

8. Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan

Despite a brief hiatus from showbiz, Vidya Balan made a powerful comeback. Commencing her journey with the Bengali movie “Bhalo Theko” in 2003, she consistently impresses audiences with her compelling performances. Whether portraying the eerie “Manjulika” or the determined “Vidya Bagchi,” Vidya Balan has set high standards for herself, delivering mind-boggling plots and terrific acting that exceed expectations.

9. Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma

Recognized for her sweet and innocent portrayal of “Taani ji” in “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,” Anushka Sharma, despite having no background in the film industry, has become one of the highest-paid Bollywood divas. Her substantial name and reputation have led producers to offer significant amounts for her roles. While she has reduced the number of movies she acts in each year, Anushka Sharma has successfully transitioned into a producer, further solidifying her presence in the industry.

10. Kriti Sanon

Kriti Sanon

Against the odds for outsiders in Bollywood, Kriti Sanon not only forged a successful career but also secured her place among the top actresses in the industry. Beginning with modeling, she entered the Telugu film industry with her first movie, “Nennokadine,” in 2014. The same year marked her Bollywood debut with “Heropanti.” Renowned in both the South and Hindi film industries, Kriti Sanon has defied the challenges faced by outsiders in making a prominent name for herself.

On A Wrap

In Bollywood’s nearly century-long journey, the role of women has transformed, notably in pay and portrayal. Deepika Padukone, starting at 8, now reigns as the highest-paid actress. Kangana Ranaut, the “boss lady,” secures the second spot, while Priyanka Chopra’s global influence is evident with two National Awards. Katrina Kaif’s cross-cultural success stands out, and Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Anushka Sharma, and Kriti Sanon contribute to this diverse lineup. These actresses not only command significant earnings but also shape the evolving narrative of Indian cinema, highlighting their lasting impact.


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