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Deepika Padukone - queen of Bollywood with 'Padmavati' pay cheque

Indian actress Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger in 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'. (Screen shot)

Indian actress Deepika Padukone's Hollywood stint has turned her into a global icon. Not only that, it has made her Bollywood’s highest paid actress ever. And all this success is knocking her door even before the release of xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

According to a Mumbai Mirror report, Deepika has been offered Rs 12 crore for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next period drama 'Padmavati'. This is a huge leap from the 1 crore fee that she was paid for 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela', just three years ago.

A source told Mumbai Mirror, "For 'Ram-Leela' she got Rs 1 crore, for 'Bajirao-Mastani', which came two years later, it was Rs 7 crore, this time it is Rs 12.62 crore, making her the first Bollywood actress to break the Rs 10 crore barrier."

Apparently the actress gave her nod to 'Padmavati' via email the same day that she got the impossible-to-refuse offer of Rs 11 crore plus taxes.

So far Kangana Ranaut has claimed to be the highest paid actress in the industry, and reportedly charges Rs 11 crore per film.

But the wage disparity is huge between the male and female actors.

The likes of Hrithik Roshan and the three Khans (Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir) make approximately Rs 50 crore per film and even hold a share in the box office profits, while Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor crossed the Rs 10 crore mark very early on in their careers, making their current fee anywhere between Rs 20- 40 crore.

This makes Deepika recent salary jump seem meagre.

Deepika also finds her name among the top 10 of the Forbes' ‘100 richest Indian celebrities’ list of 2015.

This is an incredible feat for Deepika, given that she has been in the industry for less than a decade and even has age on her side, while SRK, Salman and Aamir have been around for much longer and have crossed the big 50 too.

We hope she be the first to actually break the disparity ceiling in Bollywood.

'Padmavati' is set to go on floors next month.