Ileana D’Cruz: I completely deserve what I’m paid

The Barfi! girl is considered the highest paid actor in the Southern film industry and says she gets what she deserves

“I can’t comment on that as I have not seen anyone else’s paychecks,” said Ileana when asked about the highest paid actor’s tag.“All I can say is I have worked really hard for six years down South and the journey has not been easy for me, so I feel what I get paid, I completely deserve that. Whenever I read such news I enjoy all the attention,” said the actor, who makes her Hindi film debut with Barfi!.

“I think any actor would be lying if they say money doesn’t matter and it’s only the experience that they enjoyed the most. I do care about money and want to make more. I do respect my work and people want to pay me more for my work. It is flattering, but it’s a huge responsibility to pull off a character,” she added. The 24-year-old actor ventured into movies in 2006 with Telugu film Devadasu and has since worked in many Telugu and Tamil films.

Though Ileana admits she is proud to be associated with the Southern film industry, right now her priority is Bollywood. “I don’t plan anything and I didn’t even expect Barfi! to come my way. I have done lot of films down South and I am proud to be associated with them. If I get good offers than I might think of doing some more South films, but right now my priority is Bollywood,” she said. Directed by Anurag Basu, Barfi! is slated for a September 14 release and she has teamed up with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in it.

Ileana has no qualms in donning a bikini for any film, but only if she feels she can pull it off well. “As an actor if I have to wear a bikini for a role, I don’t mind it, but I need to workout for at least six months before, to fit the bill. Then if I look comfortable and feel I can pull it off then why not,” she said.