Bollywood has drastically changed over the past decade. Right from the kind of movies being made to the box office business, we have witnessed a lot of interesting things taking over in the last 10 years. All these years, a lot of Bollywood actors also managed to make it big. We thought of bringing you a list of the actresses who ruled the silver screen in the last decade. 

Priyanka Chopra

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Now a global icon, Priyanka Chopra's career in showbiz began with her winning the Miss World pageant in the year 2000. Priyanka Chopra made her Bollywood debut in the year 2003 with the movie The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy. Initially, a lot of her movies bombed at the box office but soon she proved her worth by giving some top-grossing hits. Today, her work is not just limited to Hindi films. She has now also successfully ventured into American films and television. 

Notable Films 

In the year 2004, Priyanka Chopra Jonas starred in Aitraaz which changed things for her. PeeCee who played an antagonist in the movie won millions of hearts with her extraordinary acting skills. 

Though not all her movies were a commercial success, many contributed to her career including Waqt: The Race Against Time, Salaam-e-Ishq, Love Story 2050, Drona, God Tussi Great Ho among others. There came a time when many thought Priyanka Chopra's career had come to an end, however, Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion was a turning point in her career. As supermodel Meghna Mathur, Priyanka Chopra managed to carve a special place for herself and never looked back. 

Vishal Bhardwaj's 7 Khoon Maaf was another big milestone in Priyanka Chopra's career graph. 

Barfi, a movie set in the 1970s was another story that made Priyanka Chopra rule the box office. She played an autistic woman in the movie and convincingly portrayed the role. 

Next was the biographical film Mary Kom that made Priyanka Chopra win loads of praises. Chopra then also portrayed the role of Kashibai, first wife of Peshwa Bajirao and was praised for her screen presence. 

Biggest Hits At Box Office


The movie was a success commercially but that's not all. It was listed as one of the best films of the decade with women protagonists. The movie made a commercial revenue of about Rs. 600 million. 


Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, and John Abraham starrer, Dostana was a big success worldwide with a revenue of over Rs. 860 million. 


Vishal Bhardwaj's Kaminey too was a successful film at the box office and earned about Rs. 710 million worldwide.

Don 2

As an action heroine in Don 2, Priyanka Chopra managed to win a lot of praises. The movie was a major success in India and overseas and earned over Rs. 2 billion. 


Chopra's Agneepath broke the opening day earnings and earned about Rs. 1.93 billion worldwide. 


Ranbir Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, and Priyanka Chopra starrer Barfi earned Rs. 1.75 billion worldwide. 

Krrish 3

Though Priyanka Chopra had a short role in the film, it was a big hit at the box office with earnings over Rs. 3 million worldwide. 


Gunday was another success PeeCee enjoyed over the box office with Rs. 1 billion earnings worldwide. 

Mary Kom

Based on world boxing champion Mary Kom, the movie was commercially a success with an earning of Rs. 1.04 million. 

Bajirao Mastani

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani earned Rs. 3.5 billion at the box office. 


Filmfare Best Female Debut For Andaaz (2003)

Filmfare Best Performance In A Negative Role For Aitraaz (2004)

Filmfare Best Actress For Fashion (2008), Critics Award for Best Actress for 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

Best Supporting Actress for Bajirao Mastani (2015)

National Film Award For Best Actress for Fashion (2008)

Padma Shri (2016)

People's Choice Awards - Favourite Actress In A New TV Series And Favorite Dramatic TV Actress

Salary Package Per Movie

Priyanka Chopra Jonas ranks on number 6 among the highest-paid actresses in India. The actress according to a report by earns Rs. 19 Crores per movie.

Kareena Kapoor

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Kareena Kapoor made her acting debut in the year 2000 with the movie Refugee. She starred in a lot of big banner productions but didn't win any great reviews due to repetitive roles. It was the movie Chameli which changed things for her and gave her critical recognition. She further won praises for a lot of movies including Omkara, Jab We Met, 3 Idiots among others. 

Notable Films

Bebo starred in a couple of movies that were moderately successful at the box office including Hulchul, Chup Chup Ke, Aitraaz among others. It was for movies like Jab We Met, Tashan, Golmaal Returns that she received a lot of praises. 

Biggest Hits At Box Office

Jab We Met

Helmed by Imtiaz Ali, Jab We Met earned Rs. 150 million at the box office. 

Golmaal Returns 

Rohit Shetty directorial, Golmaal Returns earned Rs. 793 million worldwide.

Kambakkht Ishq

Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer, this comedy movie didn't get great reviews but managed to earn Rs. 840 million globally. 


Kareena Kapoor played Salman Khan's love interest in the movie which earned Rs. 1.4 billion. 


This movie was made with a budget of Rs. 1.5 billion was one of the most expensive movies of all time. The movie earned Rs. 2.4 million worldwide.

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu

Shakun Batra's directorial, this movie earned Rs. 530 million worldwide. 

Ki And Ka

Arjun and Kareena Kapoor starrer, the movie recieved mixed responses from the audience but was a big hit commercially with earnings of Rs. 1 billion. 

Udta Punjab

One of Kareena's most notable films, Udta Punjab earned Rs. 960 million worldwide. 

Veere Di Wedding

The movie earned over Rs. 1.38 billion and became the highest-grossing female-led movies in Bollywood. 

Good Newwz

This multi-starrer movie managed to earn Rs. 3 billion. 

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Filmfare Best Female Debut in 2000 for Refugee

Juri recognition for Chameli in 2003

Critics Award Best Actress For Dev 2004 and Omkara in 2006

Best Actress For Jab We Met 2007

Best Supporting Actress For We Are Family 2007

Salary Package Per Movie

According to, Bebo is at number 7 on the list of highest-paid actresses this year. She reportedly charges Rs. 18 Crore per movie.

Vidya Balan

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Do you know Vidya Balan's first acting role was in the show Hum Paanch? The actress who aspired to do Hindi films finally got a chance with Parineeta. That was the beginning of her successful career. 

Notable Films

Vidya Balan has a lot of hit movies to her name. After Parineeta, she gave a lot of commercial successes like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, and Heyy Babyy.

With the Abhishek and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Paa, Vidya Balan also earned critical recognition. It was followed by movies like No One Killed Jessica, Kahaani, and The Dirty Picture, all of them that helped Vidya Balan win more accolades.

Biggest Hits At Box Office

Lage Raho Munna Bhai

The movie was one of the highest-grossing Hindi films that year with earnings of Rs. 1.19 billion.

The Dirty Picture

Vidya Balan played Silk Smitha in the movie that redefined her career. The Dirty Picture became one of the highest-grossing female-led movies in Hindi cinema by earning Rs. 1.14 billion worldwide.


Sujoy Ghosh's thriller Kahaani got a great response from the audience and earned Rs. 1.04 billion globally.

Mission Mangal 

Multi-starrer, Mission Mangal earned a whopping Rs. 2.9 million.


National Film Award For Best Actress For The Dirty Picture 2011

Filmfare Best Female Debut for Parineeta (2005)

Filmfare Best Actress for Paa (2009), The Dirty Picture (2011), Kahaani (2012), and Tumhari Sulu (2017)

Salary Package Per Movie

As per a report by, Vidya Balan is charging Rs. 14 Crore for her next movie, Sherni. 

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Katrina Kaif

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Katrina Kaif, who is one of the leading actresses today received a lot of negative reviews for her movies initially. Her debut movie, Boom was a big fail at the box office. She didn't get much work due to her poor command of the Hindi language. With time, she got a hold of the language and many great offers came her way. 

Notable Films

After delivering a lot of flops at the box office, Katrina Kaif starred in movies like Namastey London, Raajneeti, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Ek Tha Tiger and Dhoom 3. These movies did great at the box office and made Katrina Kaif win a lot of praises too.

Biggest Hits At Box Office

Namaste London

The movie was a milestone in Katrina's career and it earned a revenue of about Rs. 714 million globally.

Singh Is Kinng

The multi-starrer movie earned Rs. 1.25 million.

Ek Tha Tiger

The movie did great business worldwide with earnings of Rs. 3.1 billion.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

SRK, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer, the movie earned Rs. 2.11 billion.

Dhoom 3

Katrina Kaif's role in the movie was quite brief. The movie however earned Rs. 5.42 billion.


Big Star Entertainment Award For Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film - Female - Jab Tak Hai Jaan in 2012

Salary Package Per Movie

Katrina Kaif is one of the highest-paid actresses in Bollywood. She recently signed a horror comedy for Rs. 21 Crores. 

Anushka Sharma

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Anushka Sharma was lucky enough to see a lot of successes at the box office ever since the beginning. Right from her debut movie, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, most of her movies were under big production houses and did great at the box office.

Notable Films

Her very first film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi made her win a lot of praises from the critics for her screen presence. Soon, she starred in Badmaash Company which received mixed reviews. Her third movie, Band Baaja Baarat was a big hit at the box office.

Other movies that added to her career graph are Jab Tak Hai Jaan, PK, NH10, and Sultan among others. 

Biggest Hits At Box Office


Anushka Sharma played a female wrestler in the movie which earned over Rs. 5 billion worldwide.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Karan Johar directorial, the movie got mixed reviews and earned Rs. 2 billion globally.


Anushka Sharma played a biographer in the movie that starred Ranbir Kapoor. The movie was a big hit at the box office and earned Rs. 5 billion.


Star Guild Awards Best Debut For Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)

Dadasaheb Phalke Award Excellent Performance Award (2011)

International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress For Band Baaja Baarat (2011)

Filmfare Award Best Actress Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Salary Package Per Movie

Anushka Sharma reportedly charges Rs. 7 Crores per movie. 

Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut made her Bollywood debut with the 2006 thriller movie, Gangster. She recieved a lot of praise for her acting skills ever since her first movie.

Notable Films

Kangana Ranaut has starred in a lot of hit movies like Woh Lamhe, Life in a Metro, Fashion, Raaz  - The Mystery Continues, Tanu Weds Manu among others.

Kangana Ranaut's Queen was a game-changer and made her one of the leading actresses of the country. Panga, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, Rangoon are some other big movies that contributed to her career graph.

Biggest Hits At Box Office

Krrish 3

The movie earned Rs. 3 billion globally.

Tanu Weds Manu

One of the biggest movies of Kangana Ranaut's career, Tanu Weds Manu was a bit hit at the box office and earned Rs. 252 Crores globally.


The movie redefined Kangana Ranaut's career and was a big hit at the box office. The film earned Rs. 970 million.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

The movie earned over Rs. 2.4 billion globally.


National Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Fashion (2008)

National Film Awards Best Actress for Queen (2014)

National Film Awards Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)

Filmfare Awards: Best Female Debut for Gangster (2006), Best Supporting Actress for Fashion, Best Actress for Queen, and Best Actress – Critics for Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Salary Package Per Movie

One of the top actresses in Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut charges a whopping amount for every movie. For her next, Thalaivi, Kangana Ranaut has charged Rs. 20 Crores. 

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Deepika Padukone

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Bollywood's leading lady made her Bollywood debut in the year 2007 opposite Shah Rukh Khan with Om Shanti Om. She was so good at her job that not many felt that it was her first film. There was no looking back then and she continued to give a lot of hits on the silver screen.

Notable Films

Deepika Padukone has starred in many hit movies throughout her journey. Her movie Cocktail was a turning point in her career. She further gave us some bigger hits like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Happy New Year, Bajirao Mastani, and Piku among others.

Biggest Hits At Box Office

Om Shanti Om

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer, this movie was a big hit at the box office and earned Rs. 1.49 billion globally.

Love Aaj Kal

Imitiaz Ali's directorial, the movie earned Rs. 1.2 billion at the box office.


This multi-starrer managed to earn Rs. 1.15 billion worldwide.

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela

Ranveer and Deepika starrer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial was a big hit at the box office. It earned Rs. 220 Crores. 


Deepika Padukone's Piku celebrated the father-daughter bond. The movie earned Rs. 1.40 billion.

Bajirao Mastani

As Mastani, Deepika Padukone won many hearts and accolades. The movie earned Rs. 3.5 billion. 


Filmfare Awards - Best Female Debut for Om Shanti Om (2007), and two Best Actress awards for Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) and Piku (2015).

Salary Package Per Movie

Deepika Padukone is the highest-paid actresses in the country as of 2020 according to a report by She has signed her next movie opposite Prabhas and Shah Rukh Khan for Rs. 29 Crores.

Sonam Kapoor

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Sonam Kapoor began her career as an assistant director but then ventured into acting with Saawariya in the year 2007. Initially, a lot of movies bombed at the box office. However, there were movies that took her career graph in an upward trend.

Notable Films

It was with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi 6 that Sonam Kapoor first received positive reviews for her work. Next, Anand L Rai's directorial, Raanjhana was a game-changer for her. It was called her best performance years after Bollywood debut. 

Neerja was another big movie in her kitty that helped her earn a lot of accolades. 

Biggest Hits At Box Office

I Hate Luv Storys

Punit Malhotra's romantic comedy, I Hate Luv Storys earned Rs. 752 million worldwide. 


The movie won Sonam Kapoor a lot of praise. It managed to earn Rs. 1 billion globally. 


One of the biggest movies of Sonam Kapoor's career, Neerja earned Rs. 1.35 billion worldwide. 


Filmfare Award For Best Actress - Neerja (2016)

Special Mention National Film Award For Neerja (2016)

Salary Package Per Movie

Sonam Kapoor reportedly charges Rs. 8 Crores per movie. 

Alia Bhatt

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Alia Bhatt made her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar's Student Of The Year. She had a lot of big banner productions in her kitty and most of them managed to work well at the box office. Even after giving two big flops recently, Alia Bhatt maintains a strong position and has several big-ticket items including Brahmastra, Gangubai Kathiawadi among others.

Notable Films

It was with Imtiaz Ali's Highway that Alia Bhatt got a lot of recognition in terms of acting. Next, Udta Punjab was a turning point in her career. She played a Bihari migrant in the movie which changed the way people looked at her as an actor. Meghna Gulzar's Raazi also proved to be a big turning point in her career.

Last year's big success, Gully Boy also equally contributed to her graph.

Biggest Hits At Box Office

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

This romantic comedy was a big hit at the box office and managed to earn Rs. 1 billion globally.

Udta Punjab

The multi-starrer earned a whopping Rs. 100 Crores at the box office.


Alia Bhatt played a young Indian agent married in Pakistan. The movie earned Rs. 197 to 207 Crores at the box office. 

Gully Boy 

Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy was a big hit at the box office. It earned Rs. 2.37 billion globally. 


Filmfare Awards - Critics Award for Best Actress for Highway (2014), Best Actress for her roles in Udta Punjab (2016), Raazi (2018), and Gully Boy (2019)

Salary Package Per Movie

Alia Bhatt is the third highest-paid actress in the country according to a report by and charges anywhere between Rs 20- Rs 22 crore per film.

Taapsee Pannu

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Taapsee had made her acting debut in the year 2010 with a Telugu movie. She entered Bollywood with the movie Chashme Baddoor. She went on to star in a lot of hit Bollywood movies. 

Notable Films

Taapsee Pannu's Pink redefined her career in Bollywood and she never looked back. She starred in a couple of hit films like The Ghazi Attack, Judwaa 2, Badla, Mission Mangal among others. Though not all of these movies worked well at the box office, they made Taapsee win a lot of accolades. 

Biggest Hits At Box Office


This courtroom drama was a big hit at the box office. It was one of the movies to enter the 100 Crore club in the year 2016.
Judwaa 2

Taapsee Pannu played the love interest of Varun Dhawan in this sequel of 1997 Judwaa. The movie was a commercial hit and earned around Rs. 1.35 billion in India. 
Naam Shabana
Prequel to 2015 release, Baby, Naam Shabana starred Taapsee Pannu and Manoj Bajpayee in prominent roles. The movie managed to earn around Rs. 185 crores at the box office. 

Taapsee Pannu played a businesswoman in Sujoy Ghosh's Badla which was another hit at the box office. The movie earned Rs. 1.3 billion. 
Mission Mangal

This multi-starrer too recieved a great response at the box office. It managed to earn Rs. 2 billion. 


Filmfare Award - Critics Award for Best Actress for the movie Saand Ki Aankh (2020)
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor for Badla (2020)

Salary Package Per Movie

Taapsee Pannu reportedly charges Rs. 5 Crores per movie. 
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