After back-to-back blockbusters in the form of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express, Deepika Padukone’s career is peaking at the right time. Unlike most of her contemporaries, her performances in films like Cocktail and Chennai Express have been well received both by the critics and the audience.
Which brings us to the question that we have been asked several times over the last couple of weeks – Is Deepika Padukone the top female star in the industry today? How is her fan-following compared to Katrina Kaif who hasn’t had a movie release so far in 2013.
Purely based on popularity, Katrina is way ahead of any other female actor in the industry. Her name alone ensures decent footfalls in theatres across India, something that she proved with a smaller film like Mere Brother Ki Dulhan which released just a week after Salman Khan’s Bodyguard in 2011. For Deepika, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela will be the biggest test of her career, as each of her films so far have either had super-popular music (Cocktail), was a sequel (Race 2) or featured bankable superstars (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express).
On the acting front though, there is simply no comparison. Deepika is competing with actors like Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan. While Katrina was criticised for her performance in films like Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Deepika impressed critics in each of her last few outings. Her performance in Cocktail was award-deserving, but she lost out to Vidya’s brilliance in Kahaani last year. This year, she is one of the top contenders for the ‘Best Actress’ award for Chennai Express – the ease with which she transformed into a Tamilian girl in the Rohit Shetty film was awe-inspiring.
If we compare box office figures, Deepika is ahead, but all that could change with the release of Dhoom 3 later this year. Those interested in numbers, here’s a comparison between the last 5 films of the two actors.
|Average per film - 106 crore||Average per film - 125 crore|
|Tees Maar Khan - 62 crore||Desi Boyz - 46 crore|
|Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - 90 crore||Cocktail - 75 crore|
|Mere Brother Ki Dulhan - 58 crore||Race 2 - 94 crore|
|Ek Tha Tiger - 199 crore||Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - 189 crore|
|Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 120 crore||Chennai Express - 220 crore|
|Total - 529 crore||Total - 624 crore|
As you can see from the table above, its pretty close between the two. Dhoom 3 has to collect just 157 crore in India for Katrina to inch ahead of Deepika. The success or failure of Ram Leela could also make a difference!
Confirmed Upcoming films of the two actors
- Deepika Padukone – Ram Leela, Kochadaiyaan (Tamil film) and Happy New Year
- Katrina Kaif – Dhoom 3 and Bang Bang