3VIDYA BALAN (8 CRORE)
Known for playing a string of strong characters in a career spanning across 11 years, Vidya Balan is one of the finest actresses that Bollywood is so proud of. She does a very few films, but the movies she agrees to be a part of have something so strong and intense in them that they go on to hit the right chord of the audience more often than not. The talented actress has done around 21 films in her career so far, out of them three films have been immensely successful and one even brought her the most prestigious National Film Award. In 2016, Vidya appeared in only one film – ‘Kahaani 2’, which was a sequel to his super successful film ‘Kahani’ released in 2012. The film was liked by the audience just like its predecessor. Currently, the actress takes home Rs. 8 crores per film.
Born on 1st January 1979 in Mumbai, to parents of Tamilian descent, Vidya was always inclined towards acting. After appearing in several ads and trying her luck in films down south, she started her acting career with television and did the iconic show ‘Hum Paanch’ produced by Ekta Kapoor. Soon, Vidya quit TV and centered her focus on films only. In 2005, she was roped in for the musical drama ‘Parineeta’, directed by Pradeep Sarkar, with whom Vidya had done a couple of commercials. ‘Parineeta’ opened to positive response and launched her career in Hindi films. Since then there has been no looking back for the actress and Vidya has done a number of remarkable films including ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’, ‘Paa’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and “Kahaani’. With a number of great performances to her credit, Vidya has carved out a niche for herself in the male dominated industry. Her upcoming projects include Srijit Mukherjee’s period drama ‘Begum Jaan’ and ‘Tumhari Sulu’.
TRIVIA: Vidya Balan had acted in around 5 films which could never see the light of the day before she made her debut with a Bengali film, after which she got a break in the Hindi film, ‘Parineeta’, starring Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan.