Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani. Picture credits: Nateshwar
Deepika Padukone in Mastani Bajirao Mastani.

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV): Copenhagen-born Indian actress, Deepika Padukone is ranked as the 10th highest paid actress. Deepika is the first Indian actress to actually make the Top ten list with $10M and is a newcomer to the Forbes list of ‘World’s Highest paid Actresses’.

Jennifer Lawrence came in first with a whopping $46M followed by Melissa McCarthy at $33M

Interestingly, Dwayne Johnson displaced Robert Downey Jr. for the Highest paid actor at $64.5M and in second is Jackie Chan at $61M. Unfortunately, as expected out the wage gap has plagued even the glitziest. A fact, Lawrence came to realize soon after the infamous ‘Sony Hack’. Since then she has spoken about it. Kareena Kapur Khan spoke about this discrimination in Bollywood, during the 2012 Indian today Conclave.

Deepika debuted in Bollywood alongside Shahrukh Khan in “Om Shanti Om(2007)” and has already scored a number of Blockbuster hits such as ‘Piku’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Today, she joins the list with other International Icons such as Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston.

And Shahrukh Khan who also has joined the Forbes list of highest paid actors  came in at $33M. The top five of the list of highest paid actors & actresses combined, are men.

While Padukone earns less than her Hollywood counterparts for roles, she makes up for it with over a dozen lucrative endorsements, to aid huge pay gap in India.

Deepika with Vin Diesel at the shoot of xXx.
Deepika with Vin Diesel at the sets of XXX.

The 30-year old model turned actress is also style icon and is going to launch her own label ‘All about you’ for Indian online shopping site Myntra. Although she has the highest grossing of cut through movies, she also has an array of endorsements like Tanishq Jewellers and newly launched domestic Airlines Vistara.

Priyanka Chopra, another Bollywood star who was expected to find a place on the list, failed to make it to the top 10. After her well-received lead star role in ABC’s Quantico, Chopra will make her Hollywood debut with Dwayne Johnson-starrer Baywatch.

This year the U.S audience will be able to take a glimpse of Deepika’s charm in her upcoming Hollywood Debut xXx: Return of Xander Cage, alongside Vin Diesel.