MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut takes the crown for highest paid actress in Bollywood overthrowing Deepika Padukone’s title. Reported salary of Ranaut is INR 14 crores. Kangana took this hefty amount for the shooting of her upcoming film Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi. The film will be released in 2019.
Gender pay gap is another grave issue which is present in Bollywood where females make a lot less money for a project than their male counterparts. The trend was changed when Deepika Padukone earned more than shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh for Padmaavat film.
In 2018, Kangana Ranaut’s performance in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi reportedly earned her an amount that entered the actress into the list of highest paid actresses in Bollywood. She was paid Rs 14 crore for the film, reports India Today, which is more than double of her usual fee.
Manikarnika has faced several issues with its cast and crew, especially when director Krish left the project to take on directorial reigns for the upcoming NTR biopic.
The period drama will focus on Rani Laxmibai’s fight against British colonisers during the 1957 Mutiny. Apart from Kangana, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’s supporting cast includes Jisshu Sengupta, Suresh Oberoi and Atul Kulkarni, who will be seen as Ramachandra Pandurang Tope, popularly known as Tatya Tope.
Pay disparity in Bollywood has always been a bone of contention among actresses and many have in the past spoken up on the issue.
Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha and Kangana Ranaut have expressed their dissatisfaction about the issue. However, in the recent past, the scenario seems to have changed for the better. In 2017, actress Deepika Padukone made headline for apparently having received a higher payment as compared to her Padmaavat co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Padukone later confirmed the news saying that she had demanded it since she knew she was deserving.
Kangana was born on 20 March 1987 in Bhambla, near Manali, which is in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Her dad’s name is Amardeep, who is a businessman and contractor, her mom, Asha, is a school-teacher. She has two sisters, eldest one is Rangoli, and she has a brother, Akshit, who is about a year younger than her. Her grandfather was an IAS Officer. Kangana spent her childhood in Dehra Dun and studied in DAV’s High School where she participated in many debates, Elocutions, and was a basket-ball player.
After completing her schooling, she attended Science College in Simla. She was enrolled in the Elite School of Modeling, and also tried some theater acting in Delhi and was a member of the Smita Theater Group under Arvind Gaur. She is also a trained Kathak dancer.
She decided to re-locate to Bombay, and lived in a flat in Yari Road, Versova. In September 2005, she was spotted drinking coffee in a cafe by Film-maker Anurag Basu, who approached her, and eventually signed her up for a lead role in Gangster (2006).
Since then, Kangana Ranaut has won 3 National Awards for her performance in Fashion (2008), Queen (2014) and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015).