Deepika making history by getting over Rs. 12 crore pay cheque for Padmavathi

Deepika...She is a box office draw independent of male leads.

Deepika…She is a box office draw independent of male leads.

Can this be history in the making in Bollywood? Deepika Padukone is said to be charging over Rs 12 for the role of Padmavati.

It is a personal milestone for the 30-year-old actress – whose pay cheque has tripled since her first film with the same director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, three years ago – and for the industry itself. “For Ram-Leela she got Rs 1 crore, for Bajirao Mastani, which came two years later, it was Rs 7 crore, this time it is Rs 12.62 crore, making her the first Bollywood actress to break the Rs 10 crore barrier,” a media report quoted a source who has seen a mail exchange of the contract as saying.

Last year, Kangana Ranaut was reported to have received the largest fee among actresses but the amount – Rs 11 crores – was never officially confirmed nor independently verified.

The high fees may be due to the fact that Deepika is now a box office draw independent of the male actors starring opposite her. Also her upcoming Hollywood debut in the third xXx film with a big Hollywood star may have helped her charge such unprecedented price for a female lead.

The increasing fees for female leads may help in the long run to close the gender disparity gap which has existed in Bollywood from the beginning. – CINEWS

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