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Top Earning Queens: Bollywood's Highest Paid Actresses Revealed

As per IMDb, Deepika Padukone presently holds the title of India's highest-paid actress. Her Bollywood journey commenced with the 2007 film ‘Om Shanti Om,’ propelling her to become one of the industry's most sought-after talents. Notably, for her portrayal in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ‘Padmaavat,’ she commanded a fee of Rs. 13 crores, surpassing her male co-stars earning Rs. 10 crores. This groundbreaking feat marked her as the first Indian actress to achieve such a milestone. Presently, her remuneration per movie ranges from Rs. 15 to 30 crores.

Here's the comprehensive list of the top 15 highest-paid Bollywood actresses in India and their respective remuneration per movie, catering to both fans and industry enthusiasts.


Name Of The Actress

Remuneration Per Movie


Deepika Padukone

15cr to 30cr per movie


Kangana Ranaut

15cr to 27cr per movie


Priyanka Chopra Jonas

15cr to 25cr per movie


Katrina Kaif

15cr to 25cr per movie


Alia Bhatt

10cr to 20cr per movie


Kareena Kapoor Khan

8cr to 18cr per movie


Shraddha Kapoor

7cr to 15cr per movie


Vidya Balan

8cr to 14cr per movie


Anushka Sharma

8cr to 12cr per movie


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

10cr per movie

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone, born on January 5, 1986, in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model and actress. She is the daughter of former badminton champion Prakash Padukone, and her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha.

She has made numerous modeling appearances in print and television advertising campaigns, promoting brands like Liril, Close-Up toothpaste, and Limca. Deepika received prestigious modeling offers, including becoming the brand ambassador for the Jewels of India, an annual jewelry exhibition. Her international breakthrough came when Maybelline chose her as their new international cover girl.

At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards, she was honored with the title of Model of the Year. Shortly after, she was selected as one of the models for the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for 2006, solidifying her reputation as a supermodel. Additionally, she won two trophies at the Idea Zee F Awards in 2006: Female Model of the Year (Commercial Assignments) and Fresh Face of the Year.

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut was born on March 23, 1987, in Bhambla, near Manali, located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Her father, Amardeep, works as a businessman, while her mother, Asha, is a schoolteacher. She grew up with two sisters and a younger brother. Her grandfather served as an IAS Officer. Kangana spent her formative years in Dehra Dun and attended DAV's High School, actively participating in debates, elocutions, and basketball.

After completing her schooling, she pursued higher education at Science College in Simla. Kangana also ventured into modeling and theater acting, training at the Elite School of Modeling and performing with the Smita Theater Group under Arvind Gaur in Delhi. Additionally, she is skilled in Kathak dance.

In 2005, Kangana made the decision to move to Mumbai, where she resided in a flat in Yari Road, Versova. Her breakthrough came when filmmaker Anurag Basu noticed her in a café and offered her a lead role in the film "Gangster" (2006).

Since then, Kangana Ranaut has garnered acclaim, winning four National Awards for her remarkable performances in "Fashion" (2008), "Queen" (2014), and "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" (2015). She has also starred in films like "Manikarnika" (2019) and "Panga" (2019).

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra Jonas (formerly Chopra) was born on July 18, 1982, in Jamshedpur, India, to Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, both physicians in the Indian Army. Her upbringing was diverse, beginning with education at La Martinière Girls College in Lucknow as a resident student. Later, she briefly attended Maria Goretti College in Bareilly before pursuing further studies in the United States. After completing tenth grade in Boston, Massachusetts, Priyanka contemplated a career as a software engineer or criminal psychologist. Her interests include Indian music, dance, writing poetry and short stories, reading biographies, and contributing to social welfare programs.

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif hails from a diverse background, born to a British mother and a father of Kashmiri descent. Raised among seven sisters and one brother, her upbringing traversed Hawaii, London, and eventually Bollywood. Her modeling career burgeoned at just 14 in Hawaii, leading her to London and eventually India. Despite initial challenges of cultural integration, Katrina's charm and talent swiftly captured attention, earning her numerous modeling assignments and a Bollywood debut in "Boom" (2003). While her first film received mixed reviews, subsequent projects like "Malliswari" (2004) and "Allari Pidugu" (2005) marked her emergence. Despite linguistic hurdles, she embraced Hindi and dance lessons to adapt to Bollywood's demands. Today, Katrina stands as one of Bollywood's leading actresses, revered for her beauty, talent, and box office prowess.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt, born on March 15, 1993, is a prominent Indian actress with an impressive array of awards, including a National Award, six Filmfare Awards, and three IIFA Awards. Renowned for her talent, she ranks among the highest-paid actresses in India. Consistently recognized for her achievements, Bhatt has been a fixture in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2014. Additionally, her accomplishments earned her a coveted spot in Forbes Asia's esteemed 30 Under 30 list in 2017.

Kareena Kapoor Khan

Kareena Kapoor was born into a prestigious family of actors in Bombay, India, to Sindhi-speaking Babita and Punjabi-speaking Randhir Kapoor. Her lineage includes iconic figures such as her great-grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor and grandfather Raj Kapoor. She attended Jamnabai Narsee School and later Welham Girls' Boarding School in Dehra Dun. After a brief stint at Harvard for a course in information technology, she pursued acting at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting School. Her acting career began in 2000 with the film "Refugee," alongside Abhishek Bachchan. Since then, she has appeared in numerous successful Hindi films, earning accolades for her performances in movies like "Chameli," "Dev," and "Omkara." Known for her versatility and A-list status, Kareena remains one of Bollywood's most sought-after actresses. She married actor Saif Ali Khan in 2012.

Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor, an Indian film actress, initially pursued theatre studies at Boston University before embarking on her acting journey. Her cinematic debut came with the 2010 drama "Teen Patti," earning her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Female Debut. The subsequent year, she garnered praise and won the Stardust Searchlight Best Actress Award for her performance in "Luv Ka The End." However, it was her role as Arohi Keshav Shirke in the 2013 romantic musical "Aashiqui 2" that catapulted her to fame. The film not only marked her first commercial success but also garnered her widespread acclaim and several award nominations, including a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma, born on May 1, 1988, in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, hails from a military family. Her father, Colonel Ajay Kumar Sharma, served in the army, while her mother, Ashima Sharma, is a homemaker. Anushka's elder brother, Karnesh Sharma, was previously in the Merchant Navy and later became a film producer. Growing up as a military brat, she attributes much of her personality development to her upbringing. Anushka attended Army School and pursued her graduation in arts from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Initially, she ventured into modeling and gained recognition by walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week. Her acting debut came in Aditya Chopra's "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi" (2008) opposite Shahrukh Khan, where her performance was lauded. Subsequently, she starred in "Badmaash Company" (2010) and garnered acclaim for her portrayal of the bold and independent character Bulbul. Anushka has since worked on various projects, including "Patiala House" and "Band Baaja Baaraat."

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai, born into a traditional South Indian family, ventured into modeling at a young age. Her captivating beauty caught the attention of prestigious firms, and she gained prominence with ads like the garden sari and Pepsi. Crowned Miss India runner-up in 1994, she clinched the Miss World title, becoming India's sweetheart. Aishwarya transitioned to Indian cinema with acclaimed performances in films like "Iruvar" (1997) and "...Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya" (1997). Her roles in "Taal" (1999), "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999), and "Devdas" (2002) garnered immense praise. With successful Bollywood and Hollywood projects, she remains an iconic figure internationally. A former architecture student, she initially aimed for a career in the field but destiny led her to stardom post her Miss World win. Known for her versatile performances, she received accolades for her roles in "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" and "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai".