Bollywood actors earn whopping amounts of cash through their films and portfolio of endorsements. Interestingly, their female counterparts are not far behind in the rat race when it comes to commanding hefty sums.
Several actresses have charmed the audience with their impressive looks and talent. But they don't come at a small price and are paid well to do what they are best at. Here are top five highest paid actresses in Bollywood.
Before entering films, Priyanka was a model and received worldwide recognition after winning the Miss World title in 2000. She began her acting career with "The Hero" and subsequently rose to stardom with films including "Andaaz", "Aitraaz", "Fashion", "Kaminey" and "Barfi".
The multi-talented actress collaborated with international artistes for her music album which was released last year. Apart from music, Priyanka is busy with her filmy career. She reportedly received ₹9 crore for her recently-released, box office dud "Zanjeer". She will be next seen in a biopic on boxer Mary Kom.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
Kareena Kapoor, who started her filmy career with "Refugee" in 2000, has made a mark in the industry with her impressive performances in films like "Jab We Met", "Omkara" and "Heroine".
She was reportedly paid a hefty sum of ₹8 crore to play the protagonist in "Heroine". The actress is also earning well through endorsements. According to reports, she charges ₹5 crore for each endorsement.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai is still earning well despite her three-year hiatus from the silverscreen. Her last release was the 2010 film "Guzaarish" with Hrithik Roshan. She took a break from acting following the birth of her daughter Aaradhya. The pretty actress is yet to make a comeback in films.
She is still busy with various promotional activities and endorsements. The Bachchan bahu is reportedly earning ₹4 crore per endorsement.
Katrina Kaif's first film "Boom" bombed at the box office. Despite the big failure, the actress did not lose hope and featured in films from other languages including Telugu and Malayalam. Katrina achieved success with 2007 release "Namastey London", after which there was no looking back. She has been a part of several hit films including "Welcome", "Partner", "Singh Is Kinng", "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".
Katrina, who is one of the leading Bollywood actresses, will be next seen in "Dhoom 3", co-starring Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. She charges between ₹3 crore and ₹4 crore per film.
Actress Bipasha Basu, known for her sexy looks, has carved a successful career in films. She is known for her bold roles in "Jism" and "Razz".
The actress reportedly earns ₹2-₹3 crore per film. She will be next seen in a few films including "Humshakals" and "Creature 3D".