The Mastani of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone is gaining hike day by day and it seems that there is nothing which can pull her down. The May edition of the entertainment magazine Stardust has published the photo of Deepika Padukone on cover page quoting her as the ‘Queen of Bollywood’. She looks very elegant in the black-and-white striped dress.
Deepika who made her Bollywood debut with 2007 blockbuster film ‘Om Shanti Om’ and won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, now features in listings of India’s most popular and attractive celebrities. There are 20 million people following Deepika on Twitter and no doubt she is the highest paid actress in Bollywood ranking in $11 million past year alone. She is the first actress having a record breaking earning of Rs. 13 crores from the film ‘Padmavati’.
It has been a customary in Indian film scenario that male actors are paid more as compared to actresses. Exceptionally Deepika is the first actress of Bollywood to be getting paid more than her male co-stars as Ranveer and Shahid were paid Rs.10 crores each for the film Padmavati.
Deepika has even beaten Priyanka Chopra in terms of income despite the fact that Priyanka is doing more commercials and films in Bollywood. Deepika shares on Instagram that she is not charmed by Hollywood but she is charmed by the creativity. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage. After that, she has often been questioned about her plans to shift in Hollywood like her counterpart Priyanka Chopra who made her Hollywood debut with the movie Baywatch.
In an interview with IANS, Deepika told that she is very well aware of her home and roots. Working in Hollywood is an extension of my creativity and ability to work in a changed environment with different people. Overall she meant to say that she has a lot of regards about her motherland and is happy to work more in Bollywood.
It seems that there is a shift in the trend of Bollywood as female centric films are gaining strength and are proving to be highly successful. Earlier, films such as Neerja, Pink, and Queen were all women centric movies that got huge success at the box office.