Reigning queens of Bollywood!

By Hindustan Times

Much on this list seems the way you’d think they would be — but some things seem a bit strange. For one thing, not all the actors featured here have five films to their credit at all. Sonakshi, for instance, has only two. But the box office results for both those films were so huge, she knocks even more prolific actors out of the top seven ballpark. In much the same way, Asin, who is not perceived as one of the industry’s top actors, makes it to this list because some of the films she was in crossed the Rs. 100 cr mark.

Vidya Balan
Industry vintage: Eight years

Biggest hits: Parineeta, Paa, Ishaqiya, No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture, Kahaani
Net Box office collections (last five films)
Paa: Rs 30.5 cr
Ishqiya: Rs 28.55 cr
No One Killed Jessica: Rs 30.77 cr
The Dirty Picture: Rs 77.30 cr
Kahaani: Rs 53.74 cr
Total: Rs 220 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 2.5-3 cr
Endorsements: Rs 0.25-R 0.5 cr per day

Expert opinions
Trade analyst Vajir Singh: A film works on her name. Take Kahaani or The Dirty Picture. Even in No One Killed Jessica, she was more saleable than Rani Mukherji. She was the hero of the film. She is the female Aamir Khan because of the way she selects a script, director or promotes the film. She is completely involved in everything.
Producer Ekta Kapoor: Vidya is funny and doesn’t take herself seriously. Her parents should be given credit for they have made her the way she is. They are south Indians, simple, witty and not affected by success.

Katrina Kaif
Industry vintage: 10 years
Biggest hits: Namastey London, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Raajneeti.
Net Box office collections (last five films)
De Dana Dan: Rs 48 cr
Rajneeti: Rs 93.7 cr
Tees Maar Khan: Rs 60.90 cr
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Rs 62 cr
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan: Rs 58.3 cr
Total: Rs 351 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 3-4 cr
Endorsement deals: Rs 1-1.25 cr per day

Expert opinions
Trade analyst Vajir Singh:Katrina is number one currently. She understands parameters like choosing the right script, director and co-star. Her key to success is a desire to prove herself.
Director Farah Khan: You can put Katrina with any A-lister hero and the movie will rock at the box office. The kids love her, and her sex appeal is not crass.

Kareena Kapoor
Industry vintage: 13 years
Kareena Kapoor

Biggest hits: Omkara, Jab We Met, Golmaal Returns, 3 Idiots, Bodyguard
Net Box office collections (last five films)
Golmaal 3: Rs 108 cr
Bodyguard: Rs 148 cr
Ra.One: Rs 107 cr
Ek Main Aur Eek Tu: Rs 40 cr
Agent Vinod: Rs 38 cr
Total: Rs 438 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 3-4 cr
Endorsements: Rs 1-1.25 cr per day

Expert opinions
Director Pritish Nandy: Kareena can make any role look exciting and distinctive. She brings both range and elegance to the brands she represents.
Actor Aamir Khan: Kareena is really gifted, natural and extremely good-looking. She is very instinctive about her work and throws herself completely into the role. She loses herself in the shot which is great.

Priyanka Chopra
Industry vintage: 10 years
Biggest hits: Aitraaz, Krissh, Fashion, Dostana, Don, Don 2, Agneepath
Net Box office collections (last five films)
Pyaar Impossible: Rs 6.3 cr
Anjaana Anjaani: Rs 40.3 cr
7 Khoon Maaf: Rs 17 cr
Don 2: Rs 110 cr
Agneepath: Rs 122 cr
Total: Rs 297 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 2-Rs 3 cr
Endorsements: Rs 0.65- Rs. 0.75 cr per day

Expert opinions
Director Pritish Nandy: Priyanka brings cheerfulness to her brands. Few heroines seem to have as much fun as she does. She is not overtly stylish. She is real and brands that want that quality choose her.
Director Anurag Basu: Priyanka is a natural when it comes to acting, and her choice of films is courageous. With Barfi! you will see a new side of her.

Anushka Sharma
Industry vintage: Five years
Biggest hits: Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Band Baaja Baarat
Net Box office collections (last five films)
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: Rs 87 cr
Badmaash Company: Rs 35.40 cr
Band Baaja Baarat: Rs 20.02 cr
Patiala House: Rs 31.2 cr
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl: Rs 32.9 cr
Total: Rs 206 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 1-1.5 cr
Endorsements: Rs 0.25 - 0.4 cr per day

Expert opinions
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh: Anushka is one of the most brilliant actors among the new generation. Her choice of films is great.
Rafiq Gangjee, VP, Yash Raj Films: The one thing that strikes you about Anushka is her commitment to a project and her versatility. This is evident in her work ethics as well. She is completely involved and immersed in the promotional activities and gives her all.

Sonakshi Sinha
Industry vintage: Three years
Biggest hits: Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore
Sonakshi Sinha

Net Box office collections
Dabangg: Rs 138cr
Rowdy Rathore: Rs 124.50cr
Total: Rs 262.50 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 0.75-1cr
Endorsement deals: None

Expert opinions
Director Pritish Nandy: Sonakshi has a strong desi touch to her. Her earthiness makes her special. She can make any brand look home-grown and ready to reach the Indian masses.
Siddharth Roy Kapoor, CEO, Disney UTV Motion Pictures: Sonakshi has managed to carve space for herself as a mass actress in a short time. She appeals to audiences across the country. She has had two massive hits back to back, which means that the audiences have accepted her.

Asin
Industry vintage: Five years
Biggest hits: Ready, Ghajini, Housefull 2
Net Box office collections
Ghajini: Rs 115 cr
London Dreams: Rs 28.95cr
Ready: Rs 119.8cr
Housefull 2: Rs 109.1cr
Total: Rs 351 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 1cr
Endorsement deals: Rs 0.25 cr per day

Expert opinions
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh: Asin has been a regular in the R100 cr club. She is a fine actor who has all the potential to be among the top stars.
Director Rohit Shetty: Asin is undervalued as an actor. She is able to mould herself to suit any character. She is a director’s actor, and that works in her favour.

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