Are the dynasties of the Khans and the Kapoors of Bollywood nearing the end of their glory? Because guess who recently topped the 'most valued' Bollywood celebrity list this year? It's none other than our beloved Deepika Padukone.
Deepika admitted to fans during a live on social media that she's had a 'truly magical' 2018 - her controversial film Padmaavat was a roaring success, she made it to TIME's 100 Most Influential list, and of course, married the love of her life. And it seems like 2019 is already off to a great start for her.
The highest paid female actor in Bollywood further broke norms when she became the top actor in the industry to have the highest brand value, leaving behind Bollywood's leading Khans- Shah Rukh, Salman and Aaamir, as well as the khaandani Kapoors.
According to Duff & Phelps, a New York-based financial service company, Deepika was the second Indian celebrity to have the highest brand value in 2018, next to cricketer Virat Kohli, who topped the list.
The list further revealed that the star was worth a whopping US $102 million last year.
Being true to her humble self, Deepika reacted to the news by saying she was 'overwhelmed'. Speaking to a news portal, she said, "The past year has been extremely special for me, professionally as well as personally. While it is an honour just being a part of a list such as this, to see my name feature on the top is certainly overwhelming! It is rewarding to know that people acknowledge and value your efforts and hard work.”
The actor recently made headlines for bridging the pay gap when she opened up about turning down a film owing to the pay parity between male and female actors in the industry. Speaking at the launch of The Dot That Went For A Walk, a book about 51 real women heroes that includes a chapter on Deepika, she said, "There was a recent incident where a director offered us a film that creatively I liked. But then it came to talking about money, and I said that this is what I would charge. Then it kind of went back and forth. He came back and told me that he wouldn’t be able to afford me as he had to accommodate the male (lead). So, then I said ‘tata, good bye’ as I know my track record. I know my worth. I know that his films haven’t been doing as well as my films have. So, it made absolutely no sense. I was okay to say no to that film based on pay because I thought it was unfair.”
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