Top 10 Highest Paid South Indian Actresses

See, it is not just the Bollywood actresses who get paid per project, nah, you should look into South Indian actresses as well. With South Indian Cinema making waves all across India, it is no wonder that there must be some top-earner South Indian Actresses, right? Well, that’s purely the reason why we are here with a list of the top 10 highest-paid South Indian actresses in India as of 2024. Alright, let’s get to it then, shall we?

1. Trisha Krishnan

Trisha Krishnan

Trisha Krishnan is at the top of the highest-paid South Indian actresses’ list, with a per-movie fee charge of nearly ₹10 crores. She has been a leading actor in Tamil and Telugu for more than two decades now. Her performance in films like “96” and “Kodi” has done well for Trisha and has placed her in the list of top actresses. Recently, Trisha played key roles in two big-ticket films, “Thug Life,” in which she was paid an astounding ₹12 crores, and “Vishwambhara.”

2. Nayanthara


Nayanthara, the “Lady Superstar” of South Indian cinema, charges between ₹5 to ₹10 crores for a movie. Both numbers sound very huge! You can find her giving a contrast in the movies from the languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. Her latest projects include the comedy-drama “Annapoorani: The Goddess of Food” among other notable films.

3. Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Samantha Ruth Prabhu charges a whopping ₹8 crores to do a film, and just like that, she steps directly into the big league. Remember her mind-blowing and much-acclaimed performances in the movies “Rangasthalam” and “Mahanati”? Those were the lead roles that had her fans and critics going crazy, it was phenomenal acting. The kind of flawless transition by Samantha crossing over to do Tamil and Telugu films and the kind of presence she has out there on social media and endorsements have only helped her earn more.

4. Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty

Now, Anushka Shetty is a name that needs no introduction, but why? Isn’t it because of the series “Baahubali”? Yes, in those movies, Anushka played the lead role and was drawn between ₹4 to ₹7 crores per film. And that is pretty much what she commands right now per film. All in all, Anushka has quite a commanding screen presence and shows great versatility in playing different characters.

5. Rashmika Mandanna

Rashmika Mandanna

Remember the recent Bollywood hit, “Animal”? Rashmika Mandanna played a pivotal role, which further got her appreciation in Bollywood as well. She has risen through the ranks very fast and now demands around ₹5 crores per movie. The “National Crush” Rashmika has been doing movies, which include “Geetha Govindam” and “Pushpa: The Rise,” which has really shot her in the career.

6. Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde charges around ₹5 crores per movie. She has been able to make a name for herself across the South Indian and Hindi film industry. Two of the most admired movies of Pooja are Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and Maharshi. Being popular in two vital industries, she is bound to make larger fortunes. Her acting skills and performance have always been a hit and made her a favorite to the directors and producers.

7. Keerthy Suresh

Keerthy Suresh

Keerthy Suresh charges an amount that goes around ₹4 crores to be a part of a film. The biographical movie “Nadigaiyar Thilagam” brought her into the limelight. Keerthy’s dedication towards the roles played has critically and commercially acclaimed her acting skills. She continues to be among the highest earners due to her consistent features in good as well as hit movies.

8. Tamannaah Bhatia


Tamannaah Bhatia charges around ₹3 crores for a movie. She has movies like “Baahubali” series and “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” as part of her work. Tamannaah has been part of movies in Tamil, Telugu, as well as Hindi, which makes her one such actress whose popularity is seen in varied audiences. Consistent work with substantial roles is among the reasons she has a huge demand and many want to see her performance on the screen.

9. Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan

And then there is Shruti Haasan, who charges nearly ₹3 crores per project. She is an actress and a singer, not only in one field but also in two different sectors: Bollywood as well as South Indian Cinema. Shruti acts in several languages, and her recent performances, along with strong social media, enhance her earnings.

10. Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal charges around ₹2.5 crores per film and still turns out to be one of the top actresses in South Indian cinema. She has been in the industry for more than a decade and, having risen to fame after the movies “Magadheera” and “Thuppakki,” besides being one of the highest-paid actresses, her status as one of them remains unchanged.


All in all, it is really good to see that South Indian actresses are being recognized for their incredible performances and the charm that they bring to any film project. So no wonder why these are the names who are earning the most in South Indian cinema.

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