Deepika Padukone has been making history for sometime now and lately she took home 13 crore rupees for Padmavati which is more than what the male counterparts got. This is the first time ever in Indian cinema when a female actor is getting more pay in a commercial film. It takes a Sanjay Leela Bhansali to make a decision like this. It makes complete sense because Deepika plays the titular role in the film and it will be banked on her name. It was about time female actors get their dues when it comes to pay scale. This talk has been going around the world and female actors in Hollywood have also taken this issue to media in all seriousness.
In a usual scenario the difference between the fees of a male and female actor is more than 50%. Producers pay male stars more because they think it is because of them that the people come in theaters to watch films. With the changing scenario, female driven stories are being made and told in a way that people do come inside the cinema halls to appreciate it. Neerja, Queen, Lipstick under my burkha and upcoming Simran are very few examples of this large scale implementation.
Padmavati is perhaps one of the most expensive films ever made in India as Bhansali would stop at nothing to give the grandeur he wants. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are working for the 3rd time with Bhansali after Ramleela and Bajirao Mastani, both the films were blockbusters.