Nayanthara to Tamannaah Bhatia: Highest-paid South Indian actresses

Tamannaah Bhatia
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South Indian actresses are not only popular in south India but they also have huge fan following across the country. Many of them are particularly popular due to their engaging social media posts. When it comes to earnings from films, some south Indian beauties take home even more than many popular Bollywood actresses. 

1. Nayanthara (Rs 4.5 crore)


‘Lady Superstar’ Nayanthara got an impressive amount of Rs 4.5 crore for the movie Jai Simha, in which she starred opposite Balakrishna and drove her fans crazy. She charged around Rs 5 crore for the movie Thailaivi.  

2. Anushka Shetty (Rs 3.5 crores)

Anushka Shetty reportedly charges Rs 3.5 crore per movie. Her film Bhaagamathie turned out to be a big success. This gorgeous lady is the second highest paid south Indian actress in 2021. 

3. Samantha Akkineni (Rs 3 crore)

The very beautiful and popular Samantha Akkineni was recently in news after she confirmed her separation with husband Naga Chaitanya. Her recent movie Majili turned out to be a hit. Samantha also owns an NGO named Pratyusha Support. The winner of four Filmfare Awards reportedly charges Rs 3 crore per movie.  

4. Kajal Aggarwal (Rs 3 crore)

Kajal is a great performer and one of Tollywood’s most respected actresses. Her latest film, Sita, is awaiting release. She also works in Bollywood movies and her debut film was Kyun Hi Gaya Na. Kajal Aggarwal reportedly charges Rs 3 crore for a film.

5. Keerthy Suresh (Rs 3 crore)

Keerthy Suresh shot to fame after the success of her film Mahanati, in which she did the role of yesteryear star Savitri. The actress reportedly earns Rs 3 crore from a film.   

6. Pooja Hegde (Rs 2 crore)

Pooja Hegde predominantly works in Telugu and Hindi films. She made her Bollywood debut with the film  Mohenjo Daro opposite Hrithik Roshan in 2014. Her upcoming movies include a romantic multilingual film Radhe Shyam opposite Prabhas and Most Eligible Bachelor. She reportedly earns Rs 2 crore per movie.

7. Rakul Preet Singh (Rs 2 crore)

Punjabi Queen is popular in south India as well as Bollywood. She has worked in Tamil, Telugu and kannada language films. As per reports, she charges Rs 2 crore per film.

8. Tamannaah Bhatia (Rs 1.5 crores)

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This gorgeous actress is quite popular and works in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. In 2005, she made her acting debut with Chand Sa Roshan Chehra. She will be seen opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Hindi film Bole Chudiyan. Her upcoming projects also include a female-centric Telugu-language comedy-drama film That Is Mahalakshmi. She reportedly earns Rs 1.5 crore per film.

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