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Samantha, Nayanthara, Among 6 Highest Paid South Indian Actresses

From Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Nayanthara, these South Indian actors are making their way to the top while being among the highest paid actors in the in...
  • Namrata Ganguly
  • Editorial
Published -20 Jul 2022, 13:50 ISTUpdated -21 Jul 2022, 08:23 IST
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With so many South Indian films getting pan-India releases and breaking box-office records, more South Indian actors are stealing hearts across the country. Not only films, but with the rise of OTT content, these actors are getting more opportunities to step into Bollywood-dominated spheres. Samantha Ruth Prabhu made her way to our hearts in the Manoj Bajpayee starrer The Family Man, while Nayanthara is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan. Rashmika Mandanna will be making her debut in Bollywood with Siddharth Malhotra in Mission Majnu. But they have already made their mark in South Indian film industries for years with their illustrious careers. And their paychecks reflect that.

Here’s six of the highest paid South Indian actors.  



Nayanthara, the highest paid South Indian actor, allegedly charges Rs 3-10 crores per film project. According to Times of India, the actor is being paid Rs 10 crore for her upcoming project with Jayam Ravi.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu 


Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who predominantly works in Tamil and Telugu films, has recently starred in the Amazon Prime drama The Family Man. The award winning actor charges approximately Rs 3-8 crores for a film, which makes her one of the highest paid actors in the country.

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Rashmika Mandana


Rashmika Mandanna, who primarily works in Telugu and Kannada film industry, and is currently awaiting the release of her debut Hindi film, is often called the “national crush of India”. The actor charges approximately Rs 2-4 crores each film. 

Pooja Hegde 

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Pooja Hegde, who mostly works in Telugu films, has worked in several Hindi films including  Mohenjo Daro along with Hrithik Roshan, and the Akshay Kumar starrer Housefull 4. The actor charges Rs 2.5-5 crores per film project. Hegde also has the upcoming Salman Khan (take a Salman Khan quiz) starrer Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali in the pipeline. 

Keerthy Suresh 

Keerthy Suresh

Keerthy Suresh is one of the highest paid South Indian actors who charges Rs 2-4 crores per film. The actor has essentially worked in the Tamil and Telugu film industry, as well as in a few Malayalam films. Suresh has won the National Award for Best Actress for her 2018 Telugu biographical film Mahanati. 

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Anushka Shetty

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 The Bahubali actor, who portrayed the role of Devasena in the franchise, charges Rs 4-6 crores for a film. The actor began her career in 2005 and primarily works in Tamil and Telugu films. Shetty also has  several awards to her name, including three Filmfares, two Nandi awards, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award, and a Kalaimamani from the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. 

While the reigning queens of Bollywood Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, and Kareena Kapoor allegedly charge anything between Rs 15 crores and Rs 12 crores per project.

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