Top 5 Highest Paid Actresses in Bollywood (2016): Heavy Pocket Divas from Indian Cinema

Bollywood town was for long dominated by the actors. They are highly paid for their work whereas the actresses were paid peanuts in comparison to them. However, all these changed with Bollywood creating women eccentric movies and regarding actresses as similar to the actors. Still, there is a difference between an actors’s pay-cut and actress’s pay-cut, but the gap is narrowing every passing day. Here are the top 5 highest paid actresses in Bollywood today.

Top 5 Highest Paid Actress in Bollywood (2016)

Bollywood has given some of the most versatile actresses to Indian cinema. But their talent has been well paid after an era came to an end where actors were overrated than the actresses. So, here is the list of highest paid Bollywood actresses in 2016.

Kangana Ranaut (10-11 Crore per Film)

Kangana Ranaut - Highest Paid Actress in BollywoodBorn in a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Kangana Ranaut is one of the most versatile and probably the highest paid actress in Bollywood right now. Kangana has lit up Bollywood with a number of hits like ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and ‘Krishh 3’. She also gave critically acclaimed performances in many movies such as ‘Gangster’, ‘Woh Lamhe’, ‘Life in a Metro’, and ‘Fashion’. According to various reports, she has demanded fees in the region of 10-11 crores to act in an un-named film to be released later this year.

Kareena Kapoor Khan (9-10 Crore per Film)

Kareena Kapoor - Highest Paid Actress in BollywoodDaughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita, the younger Kapoor lady is married to Saif Ali Khan. Kareena is one of the most experienced actresses on our list of highest paid actress in Bollywood. According to various reports and sources, Kareena Kapoor charges fees of around 9-10 crores to act in a film which is justified given the number of hits she has acted in throughout her Bollywood career. Some of her most memorable movies include ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Jab we Met’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum’, ‘Heroine’, and ‘Omkara’.

Deepika Padukone (8-9 Crore per Film)

Deepika Padukone - Highest Paid Actress in BollywoodThe daughter of famous Indian Badminton Player Prakash Padukone, Deepika made her bow in Bollywood with the Shah Rukh Khan starred ‘Om Shanti Om’ and had got few awards acclaiming her performances in the movie. She is considered to be the brightest youngest talents in the Bollywood industry today having delivered hits one after another in the Bollywood. She has reported to pocket 8-9 crores per movie, but she has been known to drop the price-tag if she finds the script of a small budget movie interesting to work upon.

Priyanka Chopra (8-9 Crore per Film)

Priyanka Chopra - Highest Paid Actress in BollywoodPriyanka Chopra is also amongst the highest paid Bollywood actress in the film industry today. She made her mark in the film industry by her acting skills and is now taking over millions of heart abroad with her singing and acting skills in the west. She has managed to bag herself a role in Dwayne Johnson – starrer ‘Baywatch’ after successfully portraying the character of Alex Parish, an FBI Agent in the hit American TV Series – ‘Quantico’. The hot Bollywood actress reportedly charges anything between 8-9 crore to act in a film.

Vidya Balan (6-7 Crore Per Film)

Vidya Balan - Highest Paid Actress in BollywoodVidya is one of the most gifted Bollywood actresses in this list. She is one of the first choices in every director’s mind while making a woman eccentric movie thanks to her dominant personality. Vidya has charmed the critics and the movie going audience with critically acclaimed performances in almost all of her movies. Some of her most famous movies include – The ‘Dirty Picture’ and ‘Ishiqyaan’ among others. If reports are true, Vidya reportedly charges anything around 6-7 crore to do a film.


Although there is still a big difference between the movie payment given to actors and actresses, the pay-cut for actresses are on the rise as being demonstrated by the highest paid Bollywood actress in the film industry.

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