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 crore for Robot because Rajinikanth wanted no other and Kareena Kapoor, something to the tune of Rs 6 Crore+ for Heroine. 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.