Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif or Deepika Padukone: Who’s B-town’s most bankable actor?

In the gender-biased world of Indian entertainment, a select number of women have become powerful contenders in the popularity stakes – not to outshine their male counterparts, but to showcase newer ways of thought through their films

Gone are the days when box office success stories were written mainly by men. Over the last few years, Hindi cinema has witnessed positive changes and surprisingly rapid growth centred around the fairer sex. While there’s a long list of superstar heroes including the three Khans – Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir Khan – along with Hrithik Roshan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor staking claim at the ticket windows, no one can ignore the growing strength of women commanding equal respect at the BO.

According to trade pundits, few female stars can come close to affecting the opening of films – Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and now Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are inching close to the male success ratio. Here’s a dekho at the impressive list of power girls of Bollywood who are certainly not about puff!

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