- Bollywood releases 5 times as many movies as Hollywood annually.
- Bollywood movies earn 1/10th the revenue of Hollywood movies.
- Top Bollywood actresses earn 1/20th the salary of their Hollywood counterparts.
Let’s face it. Hollywood rules the entertainment world, especially beyond its own borders. But there’s another blockbuster TV and film industry challenging the leader: Bollywood. Based in Mumbai, India, the second largest movie market in the world cranks out 5 times as many films a year, yet earns just 1/10 the revenue. And that’s with more than 100 times the number of theaters and upwards of 1,000 times the number of butts in seats.
But, the main reason for the Bollywood movie craze is the same as in Hollywood itself: Beautiful Actresses.
So, here’s a list of the Top 5 highest paid (per picture) Bollywood Belles who never fail to heat up the silver screen on the other side of the world. And pile up a bōṭaload of rupees in the process…
Shraddha Kapoor ($2.0 Million) Balancing her Bollywood lead roles with a successful singing career, Shraddha Kapoor landed her first leading role in the teen drama Luv Ka The End (2011). After a string of disappointing turns over the last few years, she starred in the wildly popular comedy horror film Stree (2018). Her natural, wholesome beauty has lead to success off-screen as well. Shraddha Kapoor is currently the face of some major international brands including Lakmé, Veet and Lipton Tea.
Kareena Kapoor ($2.1 Million) Born into one of Bollywood’s most prestigious acting dynasties, Kareena Kapoor made her acting debut in the 2000 war film Refugee. Displaying a wide artistic range beyond movie acting, she has starred in stage plays, hosts her own radio show and has contributed as a co-writer to two books on nutrition. It doesn’t hurt that Kareena Kapoor is married to Bollywood acting legend Saif Ali Khan.
Priyanka Chopra ($2.3 Million) Priyanka Chopra made her Bollywood debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003). She became the first South Asian to headline an American network drama series, starring as Alex Parrish in the ABC thriller Quantico. Her fame paid off in other ways. Priyanka Chopra is married to the American singer and actor Nick Jonas.
Deepika Padukone ($2.4 Million) Transcending Bollywood culture, Deepika Padukone was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 by Time Magazine. She made her acting debut in 2006 as the title character in the Kannada film Aishwarya. Proving she’s got great acting chops, Deepika Padukone crossed over and debuted in the Hollywood action movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017). On the private side, Deepika Padukone is married to her frequent co-star Ranveer Singh.
And the Highest Paid Bollywood Actress is…
Kangana Ranaut ($2.6 Million) The recipient of three National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards, Kangana Ranaut has parlayed her acting career into some high-profile directing gigs. A Bollywood icon off-screen as well, Kangana Ranaut launched her own fashion line and is considered one of the most stylish Bollywood movie stars.
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