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Priyanka Chopra’s hefty amount for Zanjeer

Priyanka Chopra has been signed Zanjeer for a reported 9 crore. Trade sources confirm this is the highest remuneration for a Bollywood actress.

Says our source, “The top four B’wood actresses – Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone – get paid something between 2.5 to 4 crore depending on the producer, the script and the project. Of course, exceptions are made when there is desperation to bring an actress on board.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan got a reported 5.5 crore for Robot because Rajinikanth wanted no other and Kareena Kapoor, something to the tune of 6 for Heroine, because Ash left the producers at the crossroads. Producer Ratan Jain says, “Even though actresses are becoming more and more important to the scheme of things in B’wood, Vidya Balan being the prime example, they remain comparatively underpaid.”

Kareena and Priyanka have an added advantage of ‘superstar value’ because their movies 3 Idiots, Bodyguard and Agneepath are among the top five highest grossing movies of all time.

However, all actresses must currently bow to Vidya Balan, who has had such a fantastic run at the box office with Ishqiya, Paa, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani. She is getting filmmakers to look at women independently as box office draws as opposed to just being arm candy for the men.

Priyanka’s spokesperson confirmed the actress had signed Zanjeer for a handsome fee, but refused to confirm the amount.

Zanjeer then and now Release 1973 – only in Hindi Vijay – Amitabh Bachchan – stood at 6’2″ Mala – Jaya Bachchan – stood at 5′ Teja – Ajit Sher Khan – Pran Mona – Bindu Director – Prakash Mehra, who delivered several hits before Zanjeer Controversies – Before Amitabh, Zanjeer was offered to Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna

Zanjeer (New) 2012 – in Telugu/Hindi Vijay – Ram Charan Tej – stands at 5’7″ Mala – Priyanka Chopra – stands at 5’10” Teja – Prakash Raj Sher Khan – Arjun Rampal Mona – Mahie Gill Director – Apoorva Lakhia, who has given no certified hit to date Controverises – Salim-Javed have raised a script copyright issue.


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