Top 10 highest paid South Indian Actors


As you all are aware, south Indian industry actors are immensely talented and have given many brilliant performances. This industry is growing in terms of its standards, quality and even remunerations. 

Some south Indian actors are paid even more than the Bollywood stars. Here's a list of top 10 highest paid south Indian actors who earns in astronomical figures per movie.


Since 1970's Rajnikanth has been a megastar in the Tamil movie industry and also he is one of the highest earning actors in Asia today. Apart from Tamil movies, he has worked in Telegu, Kannada, Hindi and American movies as well. He charges 50 to 80 Crores per film.  

Ajith Kumar

He has worked in Tamil, Telegu and Hindi film industries. He received his share of stardom with his super hit movies like Varalaaru and Vedhalam. He is popular as the king of Box office down south and earns between 30 to 50 Crores per movie. 


South Indian superstar, Suriya is immensely famous among women and is also known to be very charming in nature. He experienced a lot of limelight and huge stardom after his 2016 release, 24. He earns around 25 to 30 Crores per film. 


Very well known as Prabhas Bahubali after his spectacular performance in the Bahubali film series. He is one of the highest paid actors in the Telegu Industry today. He is indeed one of the most desirable actors of the south Indian film industry and earns up to 25 Crores per film. 

N.T. Rama Rao Jr.

He is one of the most famous south Indian actors of this era and is known for his amaizing performances in To Father with Love, People's Garage and Brindaavanam.He charges around 18 to 20 Crores per film. 

Anushka Shetty

After acting in blockbuster films like Bahubali 2 and Rudramadevi Anushka Shetty is the most paid actress in the South Indian movie industry. She earns 4to 5 Crores per movie.


Gorgeous Nayanthara has worked in movie such as Maya, Raja Rani, Tulasi and Vallavan amongst others. She has starred in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies and earns remuneration around 3 Crores per film.

Tamanna Bhatia

A well-known name in south Indian as well as Hindi cinema, Tamanna was a major part of Bahubal: The Beginning. She made her debut with a Bollywood movie but today she is a superstar because of her brilliant performances in Telegu and Tamil films. 100%love is her biggest and most appreciated Telegu film till date and which made her one of the top 5 actresses of south Indian cinema. She charges around 2 to 3 Crores per film. 

Kajal Agarwal

Brilliant and beautiful Kajal is known for some of her brilliant performances in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu films. She made her debut in Bollywood with 2004 flop, Kyun! Ho Gaya Na but her talent was recognised through Telegu films like Magadheera, MLA and Khiladi No. 150. The actress earns up to 2 Crores per movie.

Shruti Hassan

Superstar Kamal Hassan's beloved daughter Shruti Hassan is also a gorgeous actor. She has made her mark in Hindi, Telegu and Tamil films; also, she is a celebrated playback singer and a music composer as well. Shruti earns around 1.5 to 2 Crores per film.

The list is full of our favourite south Indian A-listers who have conquered over regional cinema as well as our hearts. All of them are well-deserved highest paid actors of the south but one major difference you must have notices is that the actors are paid way more than equally appreciated actresses. Gender pay gap is one of the major issues faces my all the actresses in the Indian movie industry. With everything revolving around feminism these days, we are hoping it hits our movie industry soon. These women are supremely talented and deserve to be paid as much as the men of this industry. Stay tuned to know more facts about Indian and International cinema!

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