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Deepika Padukone To Alia Bhatt: 6 Bollywood actresses who got paid more than actors

Bollywood is a male bastion is no secret, the male actors get meaty roles whereas most of the time the actresses end up as arm candy. The same can be said about the paychecks. Yes, pay disparity based on gender not only exist in the corporate sector but is very much prevalent in Bollywood too. It is no secret that Bollywood stars have been paid more than their female co-stars.

Actresses have time and again voiced their views on the Gender Pay Gap but to no avail. But looks like things are now changing for the better. Bollywood actresses are not only getting better roles but the fine line between pay disparity is also disappearing. Now actresses are being paid more than the actors.

It won’t be wrong to say that Bollywood is in a good position now, as stars are being paid based on their talent and not their gender. Well, there are many instances when actresses were paid more than actors.

Here is a list of actresses who were paid more than the male co-stars:

Deepika Padukone


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The ruling Queen of Bollywood has left fans impressed with acting chops. With back to back hits, Deepika went on to be a bankable star. She also started charging hefty amounts and got it too. The highest-paid actress of Bollywood was reportedly given Rs.13 crores for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmaavat. While her male co-stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor were paid 10 crores each.  Amitabh Bachchan, in an old interview, revealed that Deepika Padukone was paid more than him for Piku. The details of Deepika Padukone’s paycheck from Piku is still unknown.

Madhuri Dixit:


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Madhuri Dixit was reportedly paid more than Salman Khan for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Anupam Kher had made the revelation about Madhuri being paid more than Salman in the family drama. The Dhak Dhak girl received Rs. 3 crores for the movie compared to her male co-star. This paycheck for the actress in 1994, is the same as actresses charge today!

Alia Bhatt


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Alia Bhatt had received rave reviews for her film Raazi. The women-centric film had the beauty playing an Indian spy. Vicky Kaushal played her husband a Pakistani army officer. Reportedly the lady got Rs 10 crore for Raazi whereas her co-star Vicky Kaushal charges around Rs 3-4 crore per film. Alia was also paid more for Sadak 2 than her co-star Aditya Roy Kapur who reportedly charges around Rs 4 crore per film.

Kareena Kapoor

Bebo left her fans enchanted with her role in Veere Di Wedding. The actress walked away with the biggest paycheck of them all. Reportedly Kareena was paid Rs. 7 crores for the wedding drama while her love interest in the film, Sumeet Vyas was paid 80 lakhs.

Rumours abound that she was paid more than Arjun Kapoor for Ki and Ka and more than Saif Ali Khan for Kurbaan too.

Kangana Ranaut:


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Kangana Ranaut who has played many popular roles in women-centric films has been paid more than her co-stars a number of times. Reportedly she took a bigger paycheck than Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan for Rangoon. Rumours abound that she was also paid more than Imran Khan for Katti Batti.

Shraddha Kapoor


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Shraddha Kapoor has also been given a hefty paycheck for Stree. The actress reportedly took home Rs 7 crore for the film which was more than the paycheque of Rajkummar Rao. It is also said that she was paid more than Sushant Singh Rajput for Chhichhore who charged Rs 5-7 crore for the film.

Seems Like Bollywood is changing for the better for female actors.

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