First, we were talking red carpet dresses; now we are talking numbers. A few days ago when Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone made to the Forbes' list of world's highest-paid actresses, it just gave the world another moment to sit back and take notice of the biggest entertainment industry in the world. The curiosity just got bolstered Thursday when two of the biggest megastars again from Bollywood - ShahRukh Khan and Akshay Kumar were among world's 100 highest paid celebs. While both Khan and Kumar have been on the list before too, Padukone's entry certainly opens a new talking point.

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Mind the gap

While Bollywood, just like its counterpart - Hollywood has been notorious when it comes to gender pay gap, perhaps the new entry from Bollywood will make the filmmakers take the female leads a bit more seriously. Eventually, we may be heading towards a time when Indian actors acting in Hollywood get their due on a par with the actors from the West. Many Bollywood actors who have made their transition from cross-over cinema to Hollywood have maintained that the pay gap between brown actors and their white counterparts is heartbreaking. 

Endorsements galore

Although for most major Indian stars, the fact that Hollywood may still not be ready to dole out handsome paychecks to Indians may hardly be a matter of concern.

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The chunk of their earning comes from advertisements and endorsements, often of local brands and products that Hollywood may not even know exist. For Deepika, it was a bevy of endorsements along with her movies that ensured that she made it to the list and shared space with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts. 

Bollywood means business

While it may be some time before the paycheck gaps between genders and races bridge, for the moment it's heartening enough that as Indians, we no longer have to just satiate ourselves with pictures of Bollywood stars wearing saris on global platforms.

Our recognition has moved beyond the sari, and this means serious business. 

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