Deepika Padukone vs Katrina Kaif: Who’s the bigger star?

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.

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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 croreAverage per film - 125 crore
Katrina Kaif Box Office
Deepika Padukone Box Office
Tees Maar Khan - 62 croreDesi Boyz - 46 crore
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - 90 croreCocktail - 75 crore
Mere Brother Ki Dulhan - 58 croreRace 2 - 94 crore
Ek Tha Tiger - 199 croreYeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - 189 crore
Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 120 croreChennai Express - 220 crore
Total - 529 croreTotal - 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




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  • Surely its Deepika. You don’t even need to compare Katrina with her. She doesn’t know acting, @deepikapadukone is the greatest now

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  • Deepika Padukone Of-coure is no1 even be4 CE

    Kat is just beautiful face but she can’t act
    she works only with big names so Box office is not her own it is Salman, SRK , HRO

    But dee works with all from john to saif only SRK is her big name here.

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  • @Indicine, plz include Jagga Jasoos & Kabir Khan’s next in Katrina’s upcoming movies..

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  • Both r good!
    Deepika was superb in Cocktail,CE and Kat in ZNMD & ETT..
    But Kat should realize that she should not do intense movies like JTHJ which require high acting skills..
    Bang Bang & D3 are good choices from her.

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  • Forget 157 crores “Dhoom 3” will easily make double century.Congratulations Katrina in advance.

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  • How will Amir-Kat jodi look? As latter is taller than former…
    However her jodi with HRO will rock…both stylish & hottt..

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  • both are good..but in front of depika kat in nothing in act or dance anything else….kat has bang bang movie .she can go on the top.but only due to hrithik…not kat….bcz movie be hit bcz of actors…. and bang bang movie depnd on hrithik….

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  • @gewone katrina works only wid big names?
    Remember mere brother ki dulhan had only 1 big star and that was katrina.
    And it was a hit film before you start panicking

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  • I think it is about time an srk vs salman article comes up.It is the right time as srk has also a masala film to his credit now.Please indicine publish an article regarding this and also include other actors as well.

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  • My Fav “Deepika” is far better than kat.

    1.stardom:okay ,kat has a little more stardom.but bollywood is male-dominated.but i think kareena and vidya have highest stardom among all.

    2.looks:deepika looks beautiful,sexy and her smile is cute.but kat looks like a common foreigner.most of the foreigners looks that kind.

    3.acting:kat is an “non-actress”.she is expressionless. While deepika acts very well.she has done a great job in ce and yjhd.

    4.dancing:both are good dancers.

    5.bigger hits:deepika is the queen of 2013 after her success in race2,yjhd,ce. .

    So its DP

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  • Dp is acting queen on the other side kk is beauty queen but box office wise dp has bigger hits than kk as of yet, so dp is bigger stars right now!

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  • But basing on stardom,the order of all actress(without vidya) is

    kat cann’t do a movie like female centric movies like fashion,the dirty pic,kahaani,heroine etc ,so her movie will depend on male star only.

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  • Hate katrina’s acting. but she haven’t had a flop since Yuvraj. deepika had 4 or 5 consecutive flops until cocktail. So it has to be katrina.

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  • @indicine:but i think this year sonakshi deserves best actress awards for her “lootera” and dp has a chance for “ram leela” if she acts well.

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  • so in case of actresses also this kind of biasedness ?? where’s Priyanka ?? she is by far the most talented actress who is commercially and critically successful right now but there’s no talk about her. it should be priyanka,vidya and aishwarya who should be celebrated but instead we have deepika and katrina on top. god help people and media.

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  • Deepika is a much bigger star:

    More movies
    More endorsements
    More interviews
    More popularity
    Most photographed

    She is an actress besides just being a star because she can act and outshine lead actors.

    Katrina can only rely on her lead actor and that’s why she does those types of films.

    If Dhoom 3 succeeds the only reason behind that is Aamir Khan.

    There must have been a reason why she chose Ram Leela and Chennai Express over that!

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