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Bollywood is a billion dollar industry and has a global presence. Its films are especially popular among the Indian diaspora and the Middle East where they trump Hollywood. The most popular tag is a much sought after title, as in Hollywood. 

The survey

A CVoter/India Today poll has now positioned Deepika Padukone as the most popular star in Bollywood.  She has relegated Priyanka Chopra to no 2 though the latter had a head start in America with her "Quantico" serial. Deepika has however moved ahead in Hollywood as well and her film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" is due for release on 20 January 2017 while Priyanka who is shooting for "Baywatch" is still some months away.

Both stars last acted together in the blockbuster "Baji Rao Mastani" and it was difficult to decide who was the better of the two.

Rivalry

Priyanka recently commented that she hoped that Deepika would be able to have similar success like her in Bollywood. Deepika who was already miffed because she received less payment than Priyanka for BajiRao Mastani erupted by stating that people have different ambitions and others must understand.

Deepika is now the highest paid actress in Bollywood and as per Forbes list is at no 10 positions among the highest paid actresses in the world. It does appear that there is some rivalry between the two as Deepika stated that she was only in school when Priyanka won the Miss World title, implying that Priyanka was much older.

Future

Deepika Padukone is on a high and the public eager for gossip news has lapped up her supposed affair with the hero of "Bajirao Mastani", Ranvir Singh. She has also gone to Delhi and met the parents of Ranvir, indicating a more serious affair.

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A surprise of the poll is the no 3 position of Katrina Kaif who last year was no 1. Deepika is relishing her stardom and is the toast of  Bollywood. In case her Hollywood debut is a success the world may see more of Deepika on the international stage. In any case, her co-star Vin Diesel has stated that Deepika will be the next big star of Hollywood in 2017.