With ₹24 crore For Jayalalithaa Biopic, Kangana Ranaut Becomes Highest-Paid Indian Actress
Actress Kangana Ranaut has become the highest paid female actor in India. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the actor will be paid ₹24 crores for playing former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in an upcoming film.
Fondly remembered as Amma, the actor-politician was a towering force in Tamil Nadu politics and was admired and feared in equal measure. “Kangana is being paid to the tune of Rs 24 crore for the bilingual project, which will be made in Hindi and Tamil. The makers are sure that her star power will help reach a pan-India audience. The producers have already signed a contract with her,” said a source to HT.
The film, titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi is being directed by Vijay with the script being written by KV Vijayendra Prasad.
According to media reports, Ranaut’s fee is almost twice the amount that actress Deepika Padukone was paid for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. In what was (and still is) news at that time, Padukone was paid ₹13 crore while actors Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor were paid ₹10 crore each.
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Following the success of Veere Di Wedding, Kareena Kapoor Khan has begun charging ₹10 crore, according to a report in Mid-Day. “Though Veere was a four-girl project, the film’s opening and initial footfalls can be credited to Kareena’s stardom. It is only fair that she capitalise on her star power, which is why she has increased her fee for the next few films. She apparently charged a ballpark figure of Rs 7 crore for Veere Di Wedding. Her upcoming films will have her quoting Rs 10 crore-plus, negotiable depending on the number of days she is required to work on the project and the value she is bringing to the table,” a source told the newspaper in August last year.
The same report also stated that Priyanka Chopra had charged ₹6.5 crore for Bharat, which she ultimately quit.
“I was working on my own biopic, but her (Jayalalithaa) story is very similar to my story. In fact, it is a bigger success story than mine. When I heard the narration of this film, I found many similarities between both the stories. So when I had the option to do a film based on her story or my story, I decided on the former,” Ranaut told the media on her birthday, reports HT.