Top 10 Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood 2021 – Beautiful & Talented Can’t Bring Them A Million-Dollar Paycheck

Leela Adwani |Oct 03, 2020

Usually, newcomers are among lowest paid actress in Bollywood but this updated list includes names that have worked for years in the industry. See who are struggling with their paycheck despite the number of followers on their Instagram!

People often think that popularity always comes in parallel with wealth, so their favorite Bollywood actresses must get huge profits for every film they star in. However, the fact is not every starring role can bring home a million-dollar paycheck. If you are curious about the earnings of movie stars, especially lowest paid actress in Bollywood, the lowdown below will give you the answer.

Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood
Lowest Paid Actresses In Bollywood

It goes without saying that every year, Bollywood filmmakers release several movies and web series, but this film industry is sometimes a walking contradiction. Even established names still get a paltry salary for their work. They might be big names or no names but you will be stunned at exactly how much these Bollywood actresses got for their roles and it’s way less than you think.

1. Tara Sutaria - Rs 1 crore

Unfortunately, the beautiful Tara Sutaria is the lowest-paid actress in Bollywood with 1 crore remuneration. Though she has worked in the entertainment industry since 2010, it's not until 2019 that Tara Sutaria had her Bollywood debut in Student of the Year 2.

Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood Tara Sutaria
Being a fresh face with two movies released, Tara Sutaria's salary was among the lowest.

The 25-year-old actress also got nominated for her role in this Karan Johar movie, but she lacks a boost to her career after that. After two years, people hardly remembered the signature in Tara Sutaria's performance.

Tara only acted in one more movie Marjaavaan after co-starring Ananya Pandey in their debut. While the latter is gaining nationwide recognition for her non-stop efforts, Tara is struggling to keep her image vivid in the mind of audience.

Reports show that the current salary per movie for Tara is only Rs 1 crore. If her upcoming project Tadap becomes a commercial hit, she probably can quote a higher rate for her future films.

2. Ileana D’cruz - Rs 1.6 crore

Another name in the lowest paid actress in Bollywood list that will surprise you is Ileana D’cruz. Owning 12.9 million followers on Instagram, the beautiful actress enjoys a massive fan following on social media. D’Cruz debuted in the year 2006 and established herself in the Telugu film industry with several successful films like Jalsa, Kick, and many others.

Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood Ileana Dcruz
Despite her effort, the filmmakers are not willing to pay Ileana more for her performance.

In 2012, she made her Bollywood debut with the film Barfi. Her effort and versatile roles in the film industry couldn't save Ileana D'cruz from the Bollywood lowest-paid actress list in 2020 though. The talented actresses reportedly get a remuneration of around 1.6 crore for each film.

3. Kriti Sanon - Rs 2 crore

In recent years, Kriti Sanon has appeared in many big projects such as Housefull 4, Pati Patni Aur Woh, or Angrezi Medium. However, this fact can't help her to escape the lowest payment list.

Lowest paid actress in Bollywood Kriti Sanon
Kriti Sanon gained her success after Dilwale, Luka Chuppi, and Housefull 4.

In fact, in her two latest movies, Kriti Sanon only had a special appearance but not in lead roles. She also worked on her own to get recognized without any filmy family background as rising star kids for example.

Kriti Sanon rose to stardom after acting in the action-comedy Dilwale in 2015 that turned to be a box office hit. It's also her highest-grossing film till date. At the moment, Kriti Sanon reportedly charges Rs 2 crore for a movie.

4. Jacqueline Fernandez - Rs 2 crore

Touted as a bombshell in the film industry, the Sri Lankan actress who is the former beauty queen at Miss Universe Sri Lanka is an established actress in the Hindi film industry. In 2009, she entered Bollywood with a movie titled Aladin.

Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline Fernandez in her latest release "Mrs. Serial Killer"

After finishing her study in mass communication at the University of Sydney and working as a TV reporter in her home country Sri Lanka, she joined the competitive modeling industry before venturing into cinema.

The actress got her first breakthrough role in the film Murder 2 in the year 2011 which turned out to be a commercial success. She was last seen in the film Mrs. Serial Killer that got a lukewarm response from the viewers.

Words on the streets have it that Fernandez earned only 2 crores for one role. The news came as a shock when she was listed among most desirable women in India 2020.

5. Huma Qureshi - Rs 2-3 crore

Been active in the entertainment industry since 2012, Huma’s acting talent, needless to say, is outstanding. Making her debut with a supporting role in the crime movie Gangs of Wasseypur, she also has three nominations for Filmfare Awards.

Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood Huma Qureshi
Huma Qureshi earns 2 to 3 crore for one role

However, for 8 years in the film industry, she hasn’t had any true blockbuster to her credit yet. A bit higher than the Bollywood lowest paid actress in this list, Huma Qureshi earns 2 to 3 crore for each of her roles, according to reports.

6. Ananya Panday - Rs 3 crore

Recent years witness a rise of Bollywood star kids among which Ananya Panday is a remarkable one. Though she is among the lowest paid actresses in Bollywood, her salary of 3 crore for a movie is a dream to any newcomer to the tinsel town.

Debuted in 2019, Ananya Panday made a good impression on the audience for her role in Student of the Year 2, co-starring Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria. The daughter of Chunky Pandey then continued to act in Pati Patni Aur Woh and Khaali Peeli.

Lowest paid actress in Bollywood Ananya Panday
Ananya Panday constantly updates her image on Instagram.

On Instagram, Ananya Panday attracts more and more followers for her stylish photos with different vibes. Sometimes she turns into a mature charming lady while promoting dynamic sportswear at the others. She is also one of the hottest Indian actresses under 25 who gather such a whopping number of followers on social accounts.

7. Janhvi Kapoor - Rs 3 - 4 crore

Another star kid, daughter of Boney Kapoor and Sridevi, Janhvi Kapoor had her debut one year earlier than Ananya.

Lowest Paid Actress in Bollywood Janhvi Kapoor
Janhvi Kapoor has had three years working in the industry, and her salary is on increase.

In 2018, Janhvi co-starred Ishaan Khatter in Dhadak which got her nomination for Best Female Debut. Janhvi remained quiet for one year before coming back to the screen with Ghost Stories and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl in 2020.

In 2021, people will see her in three films namely Roohi Afzana, Dostana 2, and Good Luck Jerry. Janhvi Kapoor is reportedly quoting around 3 to 4 crore of rupees for each movie.

8. Taapsee Pannu - Rs 5 crore

Given the number of working years, movies, and accolades during her career, Taapsee Pannu's salary is rather limited.

Lowest paid actress in Bollywood Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee Pannu can be considered an experienced actress in the town.

Rising to fame after playing a lead role in the social thriller Pink in 2016, Tapsee Pannu has chances to co-star many big names in B-town. She has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in Pink and Akshay Kumar in Naam Shabana. However, her remuneration seems to lack a catalyst for a big increase.

After all of her outstanding films in recent years such as Saand Ki Aankh, Badla or Game Over, reports said that Taapsee Pannu only earned 5 crore for each of her movies.

9. Parineeti Chopra - Rs 6 crore

Being the relative of Priyanka Chopra who makes it to the list of richest Bollywood actors, Parineeti has never been overshadowed by her superstar cousin sister. The actress made her acting debut with a romantic comedy-drama called Ladies vs Ricky Bahl and has worked mainly in Bollywood films since then.

Lowest Paid Actress in Bollywood Pareeniti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra's income is way too meager when compared to that of her cousin Priyanka Chopra

Her popularity has skyrocketed since the success of the 2019 super hit Kesari produced by Karan Johar. The film starred Akshay Kumar in the lead role and Parineeti in the supporting role. However, Parineeti Chopra earnings per movie may not reflect her contribution to those blockbusters.

Pareeniti is said to earn about 6 crore for one role.

10. Disha Patani - Rs 6 crore

The last name in the list of the lowest-paid actress in Bollywood is Disha Patani and this name surely raises a few eyebrows. Disha is currently one of the hottest stars in B-town. With a pretty face and burning hot body, she has established herself as an Internet sensation or national crush.

Lowest Paid Actress In Bollywood Disha Patani
Disha Patani is a sexy icon of many action dramas but falls into the list of lowest paid actresses in Bollywood.

Making her acting debut in the Telugu film Loafer in the year 2015, she officially entered the Hindi cinema with the sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story one year later. Since then she has built up her image as a sexy character. She went on to play a role in films like Baaghi 2 (2018) and Bharat (2019) and both of them were commercial successes. In fact, she mainly stars in big films but with a small role. Rumors are doing the rounds that Disha Patani's income in 2020 is 6 crore as per film. This number was even only 1 crore just one year ago.

Meanwhile, compared to the highest-paid actress in India 2020, Deepika Padukone who reportedly earns $8.6 million for one role, Disha Patani’s salary is way too humble.

Figures about the remuneration of these celebrities in the lowest paid actress in Bollywood list are rumors and they aren’t confirmed by any official websites. We are listing it as a reference.

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