Kangana beats Deepika, Priyanka as highest paid actress

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut who is riding high on the success of her recent films ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Retrns’ has reportedly signed an upcoming film for a whopping Rs 11 crore. With this, she has left behind her contemporaries Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra to be the highest paid actress in the industry.

The National Award winning actress who is currently promoting her soon-to-be-released film ‘Katti Batti’ said it is justified to ask for more remuneration as she deserved it.

"I think the kind of films and roles I do take 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 said during a promotional event.

The ‘Fashion’ actress has often spoken about the gender bias in the Hindi film industry with regard to the pay package. "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,” she had said.

Talking about ‘Katti Batti’ in which she stars opposite Imran Khan, Kangana said, "From the promos, what people are feeling is obviously that it is a modern love story. But it's much more than that. If you see the film, it unfolds like a thriller though it is basically a love story. Girl and boy like always are meeting and falling in love, but the difference is that this girl has suddenly disappeared, the mystery about who is she and where has she disappeared unfolds during the course of the film."

‘Katti Batti’ has been directed by Nikhil Advani and is slated to release on September 18.

As of now, Kangana hands are full with Vishal Bhadrwaj's ‘Rangoon’, Hansal Mehta's ‘Simran’ and Ketan Mehta's historical biopic on warrior queen Rani Laxmibai.