Check out Bollywood's Highest Paid Actresses
Unlike their male counterparts, Bollywood actresses still go by a fixed price and most often, they don't enjoy the privilege of earning shares in the revenue.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, most actresses are very aware of the remuneration system and are business-savvy. "You could be surprised how much they know of the trade and how wonderfully they manage their money," says Taran.
Kareena Kapoor made news recently when she signed up for Madhur Bandarkar's Heroine for a fee of Rs 8 crores. "She's taking a share in the profits in Heroine which no actress has commanded before," says trade analyst Atul Mohan.
This, even before her latest film Bodyguard became a huge blockbuster.
With Kareena leading the pack, here's a look at the other highest paid actresses in the film industry.
Image: Kareena Kapoor in a Globus ad
Watch out for: Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Ek Tha Tiger
Image: Katrina Kaif
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
The infamous IT raids haven't dented her image and she continues to be amongst the busiest actresses around.
Watch out for: Agneepath and Don 2
Image: Priyanka Chopra
For a rather young actress who made her debut only four years ago, Deepika's rise to the crore club is as startling as commendable.
Watch out for: Desi Boyz
Image: Deepika Padukone
Photographs: Courtesy Tonic
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
"Aishwarya is the only actress to have a great fan following in India as well as in the West and that helps her brand tremendously," says Taran.
Watch out for: Hasn't signed any film because of her pregnancy
Image: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Photographs: Reuters/Vincent Kessler
The turnaround in her career has been an amazing story and according to the trade, her charges have shot up correspondingly.
Watch out for: The Dirty Picture
Image: Vidya Balan
Photographs: A still from The Dirty Picture
Word is that she commands Rs 3 crore a film. She apparently demanded Rs 1 crore a song in Murder 2 alone.
Watch out for: Players
Image: Bipasha Basu
After the success of Dabangg, Salman's discovery is now reportedly charging Rs 2 crore for the Kamal Hassan film Viswapooram.
It seems Salman himself is guiding her through her career which must explain the steep rise in her stock.
Watch out for: Viswapooram
Image: Sonakshi Sinha
Photographs: Reuters/Mike Cassese
She figured in the highest tax payers list from Bollywood last year. It is believed her fee ranges from anything between Rs 3 to 5 crore.
Watch out for: Reema Kagti's next
Image: Rani Mukerji
Though she has slipped in numbers because of a whole line-up of flops Preity cannot be dismissed as a pushover yet.
Watch out for: Ishq in Paris
Image: Preity Zinta