6 Highest-Paid South Indian Actresses And The Fees Charged By Them

Here are the pay cheques of some of the most popular South Indian actresses. Read on to know how much they charge for signing in movies.

Actresses from southern India are stunning, charming, and talented. Their exceptional acting abilities always manage to win over the crowd. These actresses are known for their acting prowess and the way they consistently break the rules of fashion. But have you ever wondered how much these South Indian ladies earn every movie? Read on to know it all!


Nayanthara, who has been called the “Lady superstar of the South Indian cinema,” made her acting début in the hugely successful Manassinakkare. Nayanthara has appeared in over seventy-five films, with most of those roles coming from the Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam cinema industries. In 2018, Nayanthara was the first South Indian actress to make it onto the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Reportedly, Nayanthara’s fee ranges from Rs. 2 to 7 crores for each film.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

There are hardly more beautiful actresses in Tollywood than Samantha Ruth Prabhu. She broke out into the scene in the Telugu movie Ye MaayaChesave, and her career has flourished since. Samantha has established her acting chops with roles in films like Kaththi, Their, Mersal, Rangathalam, Mahanati, Majili, and Jaanu. Samantha charges between three and eight crores rupees for every movie.

Pooja Hegde

In 2012, Pooja Hegde made her screen debut in the Tamil film Mugamoodi, and in 2016, she made her film debut in the Telugu film Oka Laila Kosam. Pooja is among the highest-paid and most-in-demand actresses in the South Indian movie business. In 2016, she made her debut in the Hindi film Mohenjo Daro, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Pooja also placed second there at Miss Universe India 2010 competition. She requests between two and four crores of rupees for a feature film.


RashmikaMandanna, called the “national crush,” has a legion of devoted fans throughout India. Her adoration is so widespread that her birthday, April 5, is now known as “National Crush Day.” Rashmika has made several notable contributions to Telugu and Kannada films, including the blockbusters Kirik Party and Geetha Govindam and the critically acclaimed Anjani Putra, Yajamana, Bheeshma, Pogaru, and SarileruNeekevvaru. Each film produced by Rashmika costs about 2–2.5 crores.

Anushka Shetty

Popularity-wise, Anushka Shetty can’t be topped among South Indian actresses. She began her acting career in 2005 and received several honors and awards, including 3 Filmfare Awards. However, the most prominent role for which Anushka Shetty is known is that of Baahubali’s Devsena. She reportedly earns almost Rs. 6 crores for each film she appears in.

Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan made her Bollywood debut in Luck and has since appeared in a wide variety of Hindi films, including DilTohBaccha Hai Ji, Gabbar Is Back, and BehenHogi Teri. Additionally, she has achieved great success in the Tamil and Telugu cinema industries, with hits such as Balupu, Srimanthudu, and Vedalam. The actress earns between Rs. 1 and Rs. 2.5 crores.


Indrani Karmakar from Siliguri is a writer and artist. After graduating in Political science, she broadened her horizons and dived into the world of creativity. She loves adding humour and innovation to everything in and around her. When she is not working, you will find her collecting oddly shaped pebbles, doodling, crafting, and if you are really lucky- you can even catch her humming!
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