Top 20 Highest Paid South Indian Actors

by danielkennard | created - 11 May 2016 | updated - 04 Feb 2017 | Public

This list involves the current salary each actors has earned.

1. Rajinikanth

Actor | Enthiran

Rajinikanth has been a megastar in the Tamil movie industry since the 70s. He is one of the highest earning actors in Asia. Primarily starring in Tamil movies, he has also worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and American movies. He was born in Bangalore (India), and was employed as a bus conductor ...

Superstar Rajinikanth is the most paid actors in the Tamil film industry. After earning ₹26 crore (equivalent to ₹55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time. The superstar has earned total 80 crores as remuneration for Kabali including shares of movie's profits. Rajinikanth has been paid 60 crores for his upcoming film '2.0' (Enthiran 2).

Salary: 40 - 60 Crores

2. Joseph Vijay

Actor | Thuppakki

Vijay was born to a famous Tamil film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar. His career geared up when he acted in Ghilli, one of the biggest blockbuster in Tamilnadu. He has won awards such as the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and Dinakaran Best Actor Award. Vijay was given an ...

Vijay is the only highest paid actor among south Indian celebrities to match the lower value of Rajinikanth’s remuneration. For the movie Puli, Vijay was paid 30 crores, which has significantly upped his current earnings of 25 crores.

Salary: 25 - 35 crores

3. Ajith Kumar

Actor | Varalaaru

Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor who has worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He is one of the leading actors in Tamil Cinema. He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition in the Tamil thriller Aasai (1995). A succession of high-grossing films followed...

Ajith recently released Vedhalam on Diwali, which was a mega hit, making him even more popular among Tamil cinema fans worldwide. Ajith is currently the King of the Box Office down south. The actor’s remuneration is somewhere between Rs 20-50 crores.

Salary: 25 - 50 crores

4. Kamal Haasan

Actor | Vishwaroopam

Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960), which was released in the year 1960. Since then, he has starred in nearly 200 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. ...

Kamal Hassan, the king of the action movies with a spy angle is one of the south Indian actors to keep delivering hits without a break. He gets above Rs 25-30 crores for a movie. He earns additional shares if he is involved in direction and writing departments.

Salary: 25 - 30 crores

5. Suriya

Actor | 24

Suriya was born to actor Sivakumar and his wife Lakshmi in Chennai, but brought up in Coimbatore. He is the eldest of three children; his younger brother is actor Karthi Sivakumar and he has a younger sister named Brindha Sivakumar. He attended PSBB School and St. Bede's School in Chennai and ...

Another actor from south India who has a huge female fan base is Surya. His charming smile is just enough to melt the audience and get him 18 crores with additional Telugu dubbing benefits of 5 crores.

Salary: 20 - 25 crores

6. Prabhas

Actor | Bahubali: The Beginning

Prabhas was born to late U. Suryanarayana Raju and Siva Kumari. His family is from Mogalturu village and later moved to bhimavaram in West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. He is the youngest of three children, with an elder brother Pramod Uppalapati and sister Pragathi. He is the nephew of Telugu...

Prabhas Bahubali – The Beginning star Prabhas has reportedly become one of the highest paid actors in the Telugu film industry. As per a TOI report, Prabhas was paid Rs 20 crore for the period drama Bahubali.

Salary: 15 - 25 crores

7. Pawan Kalyan

Actor | Atharintiki Daaredi

Pawan Kalyan's actual name is Konidela Kalyan Babu. He began to call himself as Pawan Kalyan when he worked on his first film, Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi, in 1996. He has worked in several critically and commercially successful films and has established himself as one of the leading actors in ...

Pawan Kalyan Superstar of Tollywood, Pawan Kalyan, who gave superhit films like Tholi Prema , Gopala Gopala and many more was one of the highest paid actors in Tollywood.

Salary: 18 - 22 crores

8. Mahesh Babu

Actor | 1 - Nenokkadine

Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to prominent Telugu Cinema Actor Krishna Ghattamaneni and Smt. Indira Devi on August 9, 1975. He is the younger brother of actor turned producer Ramesh Babu Ghattamaneni. He also has two elder sisters, Padmavathi and actress-producer Manjula...

Salary: 18 - 20 crores

9. N.T. Rama Rao Jr.

Actor | Nannaku Prematho

N.T. Rama Rao Jr. was born on May 20, 1983 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India as Nandamuri Taraka Ram. He is known for his work on Nannaku Prematho (2016), Janatha Garage (2016) and Brindaavanam (2010). He has been married to Lakshmi Pranathi since April 5, 2012. They have two children.

Salary: 18 crores

10. Ram Charan

Actor | Magadheera

Ram Charan was born on March 27, 1985 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India as Ram Charan Tej Konidela. He is an actor and producer, known for Magadheera (2009), Zanjeer (2013) and Dhruva (2016). He has been married to Upasana Kamineni since 2012.

Salary: 17 crores

11. Vikram

Actor | Anniyan

Vikram is an Indian film actor, voice actor and a playback singer. He made his debut in the 1990 film En Kadhal Kanmani, which was followed by a series of Tamil and Telugu films and supporting roles in few Malayalam films throughout the early decade. After the critical and commercial success of ...

Salary: 15 crores

12. Dhanush

Actor | Raanjhanaa

Venkatesh Prabhu known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist and playback singer who has worked predominantly in Tamil cinema. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film "Aadukalam" and in the same year, he received international ...

Salary: 10 - 15 crores

13. Allu Arjun

Actor | Sarrainodu

Allu Arjun nicknamed Bunny was born on April 8, 1983. His father, Allu Aravind, is a famous producer and his uncle, Chiranjeevi is one of the top actors in the Telugu industry. Also, he is the grandson of late comedian Padmashree Allu Ramalingaiah. He is well-known as stylish star for his unique ...

Salary: 14 crores

14. Karthi

Actor | Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru

Karthi was born on May 25, 1977 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India as Karthik Sivakumar. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017), Paruthiveeran (2007) and Madras (2014).

Salary: 8 -10 crores

15. Ravi Teja

Actor | Neninthe

Ravi Teja was born on January 26, 1968 in Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India as Bhupatiraju Ravi Shankar Raju. He is known for his work on Neninthe (2008), Kick (2009) and Krishna: The Power of Indrakeeladri (2008).

Salary: 8 - 10 crores

16. Nagarjuna Akkineni

Actor | Rajanna

Nagarjuna did his schooling at Hyderabad Public School and later went to Little Flower Junior College to do his intermediate. After that, he went on to do mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and later got a masters degree in automobile engineering at San Jose State ...

Salary: 7 -10 crores

17. Venkatesh Daggubati

Actor | Guru

Venkatesh Daggubati was born on December 13, 1960 in Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh, India as Daggupati Venkatesh. He is an actor, known for Guru (2017), Ganesh (1998) and Prema (1989).

Salary: 7 - 9 crores

18. T.R. Silambarasan

Actor | Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

Born to one of Tamil Cinema's most notorious filmmaker, Thesingu Rajender and popularly known as Simbhu, Silambrasan frequently acted in his father's productions. He was also trained as a singer and could sing ballads, as well as fast-paced songs. He also has a younger brother, kuralarasan, who ...

Salary: 7 - 8 crores

19. Sudeep

Actor | Eega

Sudeep was born on September 2, 1973 in Shivamogga, Mysore State, India. He is an actor, known for Eega (2012), Kempe Gowda (2011) and Veera Madakari (2009). He has been married to Priya Sudeep since October 18, 2001. They have one child.

Salary: 6 crores

20. Arya

Actor | Arrambam

Born in Kerala India, Arya initially worked as a computer engineer. Luckily for us however, his passion for filming and his impressive physique brought him to modeling before debuting in acting.

Director VishnuVardhan's favorite, he worked with other acclaimed filmmakers and started building a solid...

Salary: 4 - 6 crores



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