South film industry is one of the best in terms of high-quality film making. They make movies that that are experimental, intriguing and fresh. The south stars deliver a big number of the highest grossing Indian movies overseas. The stature of south Indian actors is becoming huge day by day with an increasing fan base at national and international levels.
They are no more just the stars, in fact they have become global icons with phenomenal record at the box office. With great success comes great money. You’ll be amazed to know the remuneration that they get per movie. And why not, they deserve all this money for the toil they put in. Here is a list of the most paid actors from the South cinema.
The megastar of the Tamil movie industry for more than 4 decades, Rajinikanth is one of the highest earning actors in Asia. He has been a well known face in Hindi, Telugu and Kannada cinema with a fan following spreading across continents. Born in Bangalore, Thalaiva Rajinikanth made his debut in the world of cinema with the Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal in1975. Since then, his journey has been unstoppable. He got ₹26 crore for his role in Sivaji released in 2007. For his movie Kabali, he earned ₹80 which also included shares of the movie’s profits. His remuneration ranges from ₹40 crore to ₹60 crore.
Superstar Vijay is an actor, singer and philanthropist who is a rage among the audience. He made his debut in 1992 with Naalaya Theerpu produced by his father S. A. Chandrasekhar. He has acted in movies like Mersal, Theri, Puli, Thuppakki , Ghilli and Pokkiri. He has won several awards including the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and Dinakaran Best Actor Award. Vijay’s remuneration starts from ₹25 crore and goes up to ₹35 crore.
Ajith began his career as a supporting actor in Telugu movies and is currently one of the biggest superstars of the industry. He came to limelight with the thriller Aasai that released in 1995. He has done movies like Kadhal Kottai, Aval Varuvala , Kadhal Mannan, Veeram and Vedalam. Ajith’s stardom is beyond compare. With a super successful run at the box office, Ajith is one of the highest paid actors of the South Indian film industry. He gets paid with a hefty amount starting from ₹25 crore to ₹50 crore.
One of the most phenomenal actors India has ever produced, Kamal Haasan made his debut with Kalathoor Kannamma in 1960 as a child artist. Since then, he has acted in more than 200 movies of different languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Known for his versatility as an actor, Kamal keeps delivering successful movies one after the other. He gets paid between ₹25 -30 crore for each film.
In the past two decades, Suriya has established himself as one of the most celebrated actors of the South film industry. He has become the heartthrob of millions with his deadly good looks and brilliant acting skills. Suriya has a unique style of his own. As an artist, he never wants to settle down for anything average. Suriya stands out in each of his movies and has been honored with multiple awards including 3 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His remuneration ranges between ₹20 crore to ₹25 crore.
Baahubali Prabhas needs no introduction. The blockbuster star of south is now the king of every heart. He made his debut in 2002 with the movie Easwar. Prabhas has many achievements to his credit. He is the only actor from South India to have a wax statue in Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. After the blockbuster Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, all eyes are on his next movie Saaho. His popularity is soaring high. He gets paid between ₹15 crore to ₹25 crore.
The phenomenal star of Telugu movies, Pawan Kalyan has given blockbuster movies like Tholi Prema , Gopala Gopala, Tammadu, Badri, Kushi and Jalsa. He has proved his mettle as an actor with each of his films. He entered the south film industry in 1996. The most successful of his film career is Attharintiki Daaredhi. The movie came and smashed box office records. The star gets paid around ₹18 crore per movie.
Mahesh Babu wears stardom like nobody else. His movies arrive and break records almost every time. In the last one decade, Mahesh Babu has become one of the most celebrated not just in the South film industry but all across the globe. He is the only South Indian actor who has worked in seven Telugu films which collected more than one million dollars at the United States box office. From action packed to light entertainment, his movies are spread across a wide horizon. His versatility as an actor is commendable. His remuneration starts from ₹18 crore.
N. T. Rama Rao Jr. is a well known film actor, dancer, playback singer and television personality. The grandson of Telugu actor and former Chief Minister (CM) of Andhra Pradesh N. T. Rama Rao, Junior N.T.R. is popular for movies like Simhadri, Samba, Ashok, Tony, Karthik, Abhiram and Anand. He has also hosted the Telugu version of Big Boss. He gets paid ₹18 crore for his movies.
Multi-talented Ram Charan is an actor, dancer, producer, businessman and entrepreneur. He also has a production house of his own named Konidela Production Company. He featured in blockbuster movies like Yevadu, Dhruva, Khaidi No. 150, Magadheera, Naayak, Zanjeer and Chirutha among others. One of the most highest paid young actors, Ram Charan gets ₹17 crore per film.
After making in acting debut in Gangotri, Allu Arjun has emerged as one of the most-sought after actors of the South film industry. Son of famous producer Allu Aravind, Arjun is the grandson of late comedian Padmashree Allu Ramalingaiah. He is a youth icon whose style and dapper looks are very popular among girls. He is also popular for his unique dancing ability. Allu Arjun’s remuneration starts from ₹14 crore per film.
One of the most versatile actors of South, Dhanush’s real name is Venkatesh Prabhu. Dhanush is an extremely popular actor, producer, singer and lyricist who made his acting debut in 2002. The recipient of National Film Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film Aadukalam, Dhanush received international attention for his song “Why This Kolaveri Di” that became a rage. He gets paid between ₹10-₹15 crore per film.
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