MUMBAI, Aug 20:There is no stopping Queen Kangana who recently delivered a solo hit with Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Days before Katti Batti releases, trade is rife with reports that she is now the highest paid Bollywood actress. The actor, who has beaten her contemporaries like Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone in terms of pay, says it is justified to ask for more remuneration as she deserves it.
The actor who plays the character of Payal in Katti Batti has apparently got a staggering Rs 11 crore for an upcoming movie. This amount is far more than what Deepika. Katrina and Priyanka charge for a film.
“I think the kind of films and roles I do takes a whole year… I think it is justified. At some point, we have to come to that place where we are equally paid. It is a small step… we are headed to that direction.”
Kangana, who has acted in films like Tanu Weds Manu and its sequel, Fashion and Shootout at Wadala among others has often openly spoken about the disparity between the remuneration for male and female actors in the Hindi filmdom, “There is a huge gap between the remuneration of an actor and actress… it will take time (to reduce the gap). Male actors get into production, share profit and they don’t take money at times but are involved in some capacity which is economical and resourceful. These things suit them as they have made a place for themselves, they have command over the box office.There is no reason comparison now,” she adds.
There are actors like Salman Khan and others who have a share in profit of the film. On profit sharing Kangana says, “Not now, may be after sometime.” The Woh Lamhe star will soon begin work on Vishal Bhadrwaj’s Rangoon, Hansal Mehta’s Simran and Ketan Mehta’s biopic on warrior queen Rani Laxmibai.