The wage gap between the male heads and the female divas has always been a talking point in the Hindi film industry. But now the Mastaani of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone is out to break the patterns and rewrite the business rules on her own terms. If sources are to be believed, Deepika’s remuneration for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati is higher than her male leads, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
A source close to the film tells that since Padmavati revolves around Deepika, she is taking home a bigger pay cheque in comparison to the other actors. “There were a lot of speculations about the pay structure of Padmavati. However, Sanjay sir was clear that the film goes to Deepika. The film is positioned on its female protagonist Deepika with the title being a testimony of the actress’ investment in the project,” says the source. Further, he adds, “As for the remuneration, Deepika has taken home a whopping 13 crore, while Ranveer and Shahid give equal digits that read close to 10 crores respectively.”
If all of this turns out to be true, this reverse pay scale of Padmavati sets a new precedent in Bollywood, owing to Deepika’s stardom and the primacy of her role.
Earlier, Deepika made headlines for being featured on Forbes’s list of highest paid female actors in the world in 2016. Then, Forbes also pointed out the discrepancy in the pay structure in the Indian movie industry and said, though a top Indian male star might earn close to $5 million a movie, prominent Indian actresses rarely clear $1 million a film. However, Deepika was dropped out of the list in 2017 which is being led by Hollywood actor Emma Stone.
In Padmavati, Deepika plays the titular role of Rani Padmini and Ranveer essays the role of Alauddin Khilji. Shahid will be seen as Rawal Ratan Singh in the period drama. The film is slated to hit the theaters in November this year.