9 Highest Paid Bollywood Actresses in 2018
9. SONAM KAPOOR
Earnings per film: Rs 5 crore
The daughter of actor Anil Kapoor, Kapoor studied theatre and arts at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. She was an assistant director to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the 2005 film Black. Kapoor made her acting debut in Bhansali’s romantic drama Saawariya (2007), for which she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She had her first commercial success three years later in the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010).
8. ALIA BHATT
Earnings per film: Rs. 6 Crores
Born into the Bhatt family, she is the daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan. After making her acting debut as a child artist in the 1999 thriller Sangharsh, Bhatt played her first leading role in Karan Johar’s teen drama Student of the Year (2012). She established herself in Bollywood by starring as the female lead in several commercially successful films, including the romances 2 States (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017); the drama Kapoor & Sons (2016); and the coming-of-age film Dear Zindagi (2016). Bhatt received critical acclaim for portraying emotionally intense characters in the road drama Highway (2014), which won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, and the crime drama Udta Punjab (2016), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Veere Di Wedding, Sanju, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
7. ANUSHKA SHARMA
Earnings per film: Rs 6-8 crore
Sharma made her acting debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the highly successful romance Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), which earned a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. She rose to prominence with starring roles in Yash Raj Films’ romances Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012); the latter won her a Best Supporting Actress award at Filmfare. She had her biggest commercial successes with the roles of a television reporter in the religious satire PK (2014) and a wrestler in the sports drama Sultan (2016), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films. Sharma earned praise and several acting nominations for her performances in the 2015 crime thriller NH10, which also marked her production debut, and the 2016 romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Raazi, Gully Boy, Brahmastra, Kalank Sanju, Zero, Sui Dhaaga
6. VIDHYA BALAN
Earnings per film: Rs. 8 Crores
Born: 1 January 1979 (age 39 years), Chembur, Mumbai
Height: 1.63 m
This initial success was followed by roles in the romantic comedies Heyy Babyy (2007) and Kismat Konnection (2008) which had negative reviews. By 2009 Vidya had established herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema, as she went on to portray five consecutive roles to wide critical acclaim in the 2009 drama Paa, the 2010 black comedy Ishqiya, the 2011 semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica, the 2011 biopic The Dirty Picture, and the 2012 thriller Kahaani. She followed this with a series of films that performed poorly at the box office, although her performance in Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016) was praised. This changed in 2017 when she starred as a radio jockey in the successful comedy-drama Tumhari Sulu.
5. KAREENA KAPOOR
Earnings per film: Rs 8 crore
Born: 21 September 1980 (age 37 years), Mumbai
Height: 1.65 m
Upcoming movie: Veere Di Wedding
The year 2004 marked a turning point for Kapoor when she played against type in the role of a sex worker in the drama Chameli. She subsequently earned wide critical recognition for her portrayal of a riot victim in the 2004 drama Dev and a character based on William Shakespeare’s heroine Desdemona in the 2006 crime film Omkara. She went on to receive Filmfare Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her performances in the 2007 romantic comedy Jab We Met and the 2010 drama We Are Family, respectively. Kapoor achieved further success by featuring as the female lead in two of India’s top-grossing productions—the 2009 comedy-drama 3 Idiots and the 2015 social drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan—and received praise for her roles in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan and the 2012 drama Heroine.
4. KATRINA KAIF
Earnings per film: Rs 9 crore
Kaif’s performance in the terrorism drama New York (2009) was better received, earning her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination. After roles in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), Raajneeti (2010) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), she received her second Filmfare nomination for her performance in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011). Kaif’s highest-grossing films came with the spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and its 2017 sequel, and the action thriller Dhoom 3 (2013), all of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
3. KANGANA RANAUT
Earnings per film: Rs 10-12 crore
2. PRIYANKA CHOPRA
Earnings per film: Rs 12 crore
One of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities, Chopra has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in five categories. In 2016, the Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award and Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017. Isn’t It Romantic, Bharat
1. DEEPIKA PADUKONE
Earnings per film: Rs 15 crore
Born: 5 January 1986 (age 32 years), Copenhagen, Denmark
Height: 1.76 m
Upcoming movie: Love 4 Ever
While there is no doubt that Deepika is one of the finest actors in Bollywood and is giving best performances both critically and commercially in her previous films like Padmaavat (2018), Bajirao Mastani (2015), Piku (2015, Happy New Year (2014), Goliyon Ki Rasleela — Ramleela (2014) and others. She is also the highest paid actress today. While charging 15 Crores per-film, Deepika has signed The Sapna Didi Biopic opposite Irrfan Khan.