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The South Indian film industry is filled with many precious gems, and time and again, we have seen them acing challenging roles in their films. While the South Indian actors like Ram Charan, Prabhas, Vijay Deverakonda, and others are very popular among the youth, their female counterparts are also not left behind in the race. The South Indian film industry has given us many gorgeous divas, who have been winning hearts with their onscreen presence.
South Indian actresses are a complete package of beauty, charisma and talent. They never fail to woo the audience with their splendid acting skills and add much more charm to the films. Apart from their acting spree, these actresses always manage to impress the fashion police with their unique fashion statements. However, have you ever wondered how much money these South Indian actresses charge per film? If yes, then we have brought you the list of some of the highest-paid actresses in the South Indian film industry and the fees they get per film.
Often regarded as the 'Lady superstar of the South Indian cinema', Nayanthara had made her acting debut with the film, Manassinakkare, which had turned out to be a gigantic success at the box office. So far, Nayanthara has acted in more than 75 films, and she predominantly works in the Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam movies. For the unversed, Nayanthara was the only South Indian actress, who had made it to the list of Forbes India Celebrity 100 in 2018. As per reports, Nayanthara charges around Rs. 2 to 7 crores for every film.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu is one of the most gorgeous actresses in Tollywood. She had made her acting debut with the Telugu film, Ye Maaya Chesave, and ever since then, there has been no looking back for her. Over the years, Samantha has proved her mettle of acting in films like Kaththi, Their, Mersal, Rangathalam, Mahanati, Majili and Jaanu. On the personal front, stunning actress had got married to actor, Naga Chaitanya in 2017, however, the duo had parted ways in 2021. Reportedly, Samantha demands Rs. 3 to 8 crores per film.
Pooja Hegde had made her acting debut in a Tamil film, Mugamoodi in 2012, and she had made her Telugu debut in the film, Oka Laila Kosam. Pooja is one of the most sought-after actresses in the South Indian film industry, and her popularity knows no bounds. She had made her Hindi film debut in Ashutosh Gowariker's film, Mohenjo Daro in 2016. Pooja was also the second runner-up at the Miss Universe India 2010 pageant. She charges Rs. 2 to 4 crores per movie.
Pan-Indian actress, Rakul Preet had won our hearts ever since she had made her debut in the movie, Yaariyan in 2014. The actress etched a special place in our hearts with her innocent smile, stunning looks and stellar acting chops. Over the years, Rakul has gained a huge name in the south Indian film industry with her spectacular acting skills. Rakul Preet Singh had made her film debut with the Kannada movie, Gilli in 2009. She charges around Rs. 1.5 to 3 crores per film.
Tamannaah Bhatia is well known for her roles in Telugu and Tamil films. In 2005, she had made her debut in the Hindi film industry with the movie, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra. The same year, Tamannaah made her debut in Telugu cinema with the film, Sri and the following year, she debuted in Tamil cinema with the film, Kedi. She has also appeared in some television shows, including November Story and 11th Hour. According to multiple reports, Tamannaah charges somewhere between Rs. 1.5 and 3 crores for every film or show.
Often hailed as the 'national crush', Rashmika Mandanna, holds a massive fan following across the nation. Her craze is so much that every year on her birthday i.e., April 5, her fans celebrate 'National Crush Day'. Rashmika is known for her immense contribution to Telugu and Kannada cinema with movies like Kirik Party, Geetha Govindam, Anjani Putra, Yajamana, Bheeshma, Pogaru, Sarileru Neekevvaru among others. Not just her beauty and cuteness, but her fee per film will also leave your jaws dropped. Rashmika charges around Rs. 2 to 2.5 crores per movie.
Kajal Aggarwal had made her acting debut in 2004 with the Hindi film, Kyu! Ho Gaya Na and her first Telugu release was Lakshmi Kalyanam in 2007. However, it was the 2009 Telugu film, Magadheera, which had marked as the turning point of her life, and she was critically acclaimed for it. Ever since then, there has been no looking back for the stunning actress. For each film, Kajal Aggarwal charges somewhere between Rs. 1.5 and 4 crores.
Anushka Shetty is among the top South Indian actresses, and her popularity is second to none. She had begun acting in the year 2005 and had won many awards and accolades in her career, including three Filmfare awards. Anushka Shetty is most popular for the portrayal of the character 'Devsena' in the film, Baahubali. She is said to be compensated around Rs. 6 crores per every film.
Shruti Haasan enjoys a massive fan base for her stunning fashion choices and acting skills. She had followed her father-cum-veteran-actor, Kamal Haasan's footsteps, and the diva has proved her acting prowess in both South Indian and Hindi film industries. For the unversed, Shruti Haasan had made her Bollywood debut with the film, Luck, and had also worked in many other Hindi films like Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Gabbar Is Back, and Behen Hogi Teri. Moreover, she has also gained a lot of fame in the Tamil and Telugu film industries and has given famous hits like Balupu, Srimanthudu and Vedalam. The actress gets paid a hefty sum of Rs. 1 to 2.5 crores.
Keerthy Suresh is well-known for her roles in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films. She had begun her acting career as a child actress in the early 2000s, and she was mostly seen in ads and specific roles in films. She had resumed acting with the Malayalam film, Geethaanjali, and after that, she had acted in back-to-back hit films. Keerthy had won our hearts with her acting skills in numerous films, including Good Luck Sakhi, Sarkaru Vaari Paata, Saani Kaayidham, and many more. For each film, Keerthy Suresh charges an amount between Rs. 1 to 3 crores.
The South Indian film industry has some of the brilliant actresses, who are the country’s treasures, and they never fail to capture our hearts with their passionate and diverse acting. No doubt, they get paid such hefty amounts for their films. What do you think about the fees charged by these actresses?