Deepika Padukone’s position as the tenth highest paid actress in the world and the difference of her pay scale with the four Indian stars reveal the gender gap that exists in the showbiz when it comes the earnings between male and female stars.
As actress #1, with earnings of $46 million, Jennifer Lawrence limps to sixth place on the combined list – behind Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jackie Chan, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp. Deepika, 30, is in last place – her $10 million puts her way behind even Harrison Ford, who occupied the last spot on the actors’ list of 20 with $15 million.
Deepika made more films than Harrison Ford last year. The idea is the she worked harder but was paid less. Indeed, three actresses above Deepika on the list of 10 all made less than Ford last year – Amy Adams with $13.5 million, Julia Roberts with $12 million and Mila Kunis with $11 million.
Even more depressingly, Deepika is eclipsed completely by the Indian actors in the top 20. Amitabh Bachchan, her co-star from Piku, is assigned a spot much lower than her tenth on the list of actors but made twice as much as she did in the last year.
Salman Khan is also comparatively lower ranking-wise, but earned more.
Akshay Kumar, Deepika’s equal in rank at #10 on the actors’ list, made three times as much as she did.
Shah Rukh Khan, at #8, equaled last year’s topper Robert Downey Jr’s earnings this year with $33 million.
According to Forbes Deepika’s earnings were also due to her sponsorships and promotional drives of various products and services she promoted. – CINEWS