Actor Kangana Ranaut is on her way, to become the highest paid female actor in India.
She will reportedly be paid Rs 24 crore for playing former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in an upcoming film based on the Tamil actor-politician’s life.
According to a source close to the project, “Kangana is being paid to the tune of Rs 24 crore for the bilingual project, which will be made in Hindi and Tamil. The makers are sure that her star power will help reach a pan-India audience.”
Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film will be directed by Vijay and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad.
The Rs 24 crore fee is an unprecedented figure for any female actor in the country.
It is almost twice the amount that Deepika Padukone received for playing the lead character in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
Deepika reportedly took home Rs 13 crore for the film while the film’s male leads, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor took home Rs 10 crore.
Reportedly, even Kareena Kapoor Khan is currently charging Rs 10 crore as her fees after the success of Veere Di Wedding.
Talking about the Jayalalithaa biopic, Kangana told the media on her birthday that she always wanted to work in regional films.
When questioned about learning Tamil, Kangana replied : “Yes…Unless I fail miserably and they (the makers of the film) have to look for an option for my dubbing. But I will definitely learn the language.”
Kangana was asking for Rs 11 crore as her fees earlier but slashed it for Simran and Rangoon.