Movies in which the heroine was paid more than the hero

The gender pay gap has always been a topic of discussion not just in Hollywood but in Bollywood as well. Top Bollywood actresses like Deepika, Kangana and Priyanka have spoken about wage disparity for the longest time. But it seems, finally, the gap is fast narrowing.

Deepika Padukone says she was paid more than Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor for Padmaavat

In fact, Deepika Padukone recently confirmed that she was paid more than her co-stars Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.

Deepika Padukone recently shot for Neha Dhupia hosted Vogue BFFs with her sister Anisha Padukone, where she answered the question about the remuneration. Although the makers of Padmaavat haven’t revealed anything about the pay, Deepika did confirm that she was paid more on the show, although she did not divulge any numbers.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much controversial drama Padmaavat finally released in India amidst heavy security.

Was Madhuri Paid More Than Salman in HAHK? Salman Says ‘No’

Salman Khan might be among the highest paid actors in Bollywood today, but that wasn’t always the case. Anupam Kher, who was running a gender equality initiative recently on Twitter, faced several questions from women about the gender inequality in Bollywood.

Although he agreed with the inequality, when it came to remuneration, Anupam Kher said that Madhuri Dixit was paid more than Salman Khan in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ (which was more of an exception).


Now that is something that many are not aware of, but considering the kind of attention Madhuri Dixit attracted at that time, it could probably be true. Madhuri was the hottest star in the nineties and several films ran to packed houses just because of her.

However, when the question was posed to Salman Khan, he initially said he wasn’t aware but later said that he wasn’t paid lesser than his 1994 blockbuster ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ co-star Madhuri Dixit, as suggested by veteran actor Anupam Kher.

Salman also said “It’s all about what people want to see.”

“The busier you get, the more people want to see you, that’s how your price increases. So if you can pull off a solo hero or solo heroine film on your own and the producers, exhibitors and distributors make that money then the producer doesn’t have problems in sharing that money with you. So you can’t demand, you need to command that,” he added.