The latest buzz in B-town is that actress Deepika Padukone is charging a whopping fee of Rs. 12.65 crores for SLB’s ‘Padmavati’. Yes, you read it right, 12.65 crores! Wow, this makes her the first actress in Bollywood to cross the 10 crore mark. For ‘Ram-Leela’ she got Rs. 1 crore, for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ which came two years later, it was Rs. 7 crores, this time it is Rs. 12.65 crore.
An actress from B-town, who had just gotten off the hotline with a film producer had something to say about Deepika’s new paycheck. She said, “Why do actresses make such a big noise about how much they get paid for movies? Earlier it was Kangana Ranaut and now sources close to Deepika Padukone have revealed that she got paid 10 crores for ‘Padmavati’. The industry always knows who got paid how much, and people outside the industry don’t care about star pay cheques, only the performance, so what’s with all this gloating? And let me tell you Deepika got that amount for ‘Padmavati’ because the makers didn’t want to pay her a percentage of the film’s profits that she demanded. She may be in the position to demand but the industry doesn’t believe in giving a share in profits to the ladies, only the male actors get that. Dips was paid 8 crores for ‘Piku’, plus a fraction of the profit. She asked for the same for ‘Padmavati’. She was denied a share in the profits and offered 10 crores flat, which she agreed to.”
Profit share or not, this deal is definitely gargantuan! We guess Deepika will be flashing her gorgeous smile all the way to the bank.