The South Indian film industry and its performers both have a global audience. It has produced incredible and expensive movies, including Baahubali, RRR, KGF, and others. It also boasts of having some exceptionally talented actors and actresses who, thanks to their enormous fame, attract huge crowds to the theatres. Through their passionate and brilliant acting, they win our hearts. It is pretty impressive how much talent they display daily on camera. Given all of this, it should be no surprise that the actors receive hefty compensation. Let’s look at the top highest paid south Indian actresses currently.
Nayanthara has appeared in films produced in the Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam languages. She was the only South Indian actress to appear on the 2018 Forbes “Top 100 Indian Celebrity” list. Nayanthara has appeared in over 75 movies. and is additionally referred to as the “Lady Superstar of South Indian Cinema.” Being paid 10 crores for her upcoming film makes her one of the highest-paid South Indian actresses on the list. She made her acting debut in the 2005 Tamil film “Ayya.” Nayanthara has since won five Filmfare Awards for her outstanding performance. She is one of the few actresses in the Tamil film industry to have won the most awards.
2. Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Indian actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu primarily works in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. She has won several awards, including four Filmfare Awards South. Samantha’s professional film career began with the Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave by Gautham Vasudev Menon. She has a successful acting career and is a well-known brand and product endorser. Depending on how long her role is, the actress receives between Rs 3 crore and Rs 5 crore for each movie. In addition, Samantha has developed a strategic role in charity projects. She gives her charitable trust, Pratyusha Support, and all the money she makes from endorsements and events.
3. Pooja Hegde
Pooja Hegde is an Indian actress who mainly focuses on the Telugu film industry. However, she is also popular in many Hindi and Tamil movies. Pooja began her modeling career and was crowned the 2010 I Am She-Miss Universe India as second runner-up. She made her acting debut in the Tamil film Mugamoodi, while Oka Laila Kosam was her first Telugu release. Pooja Hegde later became one of the highest-paid South Indian actresses in the movies. The actress has now increased her remuneration to Rs 5 crore per film. She signed a contract in July 2014 to star opposite Hrithik Roshan in the historical drama Mohenjo Daro.
4. Rakul Preet Singh
Rakul Preet Singh is probably one of the best actresses in South Indian cinema. She made her acting debut in the 2009 Kannada film Gilli. Rakul has also acted in films in the Indian languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Yaariyan, Sarrainodu, and Dhruva are a few of her most appreciated works. A well-known website also listed Rakul as one of India’s most attractive women. Rakul receives a salary of about Rs 3.5 crore for her role in each movie. She has participated in competitions at the national level and is a skilled golfer. She won four awards at the Femina Miss India 2011 pageant.
5. Tamannaah Bhatia
Tamannah Bhatia, one of the prettiest South Indian actresses, started working in films in 2005. She made appearances in over 50 movies, including Bahubali and Baahubali 2. Tamannah is renowned for her stunning appearance and prodigious acting abilities. She always has a lovely appearance in public or on the red carpet. Tamannaah demands a salary of about Rs 3 crore for each film. She is universally adored and regarded as one of the most attractive South Indian actresses ever.