Telugu heroines are one of the highest paid actresses in India. Even though these actresses are on-screen friends, they have a decent rivalry among themselves outside the reel life. Check out┬áthis list to know the Top 10 Highest Paid Actresses in Tollywood.
Anushka Shetty – 4 Crores
Anushka debuted in 2005 and has had a great career since then. SheÔÇÖs acted in 30 movies in the past 12 years in both Tamil and Telugu together. Since her movie, ÔÇÿMirchiÔÇÖ became a hit she has started to charge 4 crores for a movie which has made her highest paid actress in Tollywood. After her back to back hits like ÔÇÿBaahubali – The BeginningÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿRudramadeviÔÇÖ, there are rumours that her rumours that her remuneration would be increased to a whopping 5 Crores per film. Some of her hits in Telugu films are ÔÇÿVikramarkuduÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿArundhatiÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿVedamÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿRudramadeviÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿSize ZeroÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿBaahubali – The BeginningÔÇÖ. These consecutive hits have made her the highest paid actress in Tollywood.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu – 2 Crores
Irrespective of which language the film is in or who the hero is, Samantha has been charging 2 Crores per film. With her back to back hits like, ÔÇÿAttarintiki DaaredhiÔÇÖ, and ÔÇÿS/o Sathya MurthyÔÇÖ it helped her reach this position in Tollywood. ┬áSamantha debuted in Gautham MenonÔÇÖs Telugu movie ÔÇÿYe Maaya ChesaveÔÇÖ opposite Naga Chaitanya. She has also chosen him as her partner in real life. Her hits are ÔÇÿManamÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿRamayya VasthavayyaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿBrahmotsavamÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿJanatha GarageÔÇÖ, which helped her to become one of the highest paid actresses in a short span of 7 years.
Kajal Aggarwal – 2 Crores
Kajal Agarwal charges Rs.2 Crores for every film. There have been ups and downs in her remuneration payment for quite some time. In her past two films, she starred opposite Pawan KalyanÔÇÖs ÔÇÿSardaar Gabbar Singh 2ÔÇÖ and Mahesh BabuÔÇÖs ÔÇÿBrahmotsavamÔÇÖ which were both huge flops. Kajal Aggarwal made her debut appearance in the 2004 Bollywood film ÔÇÿKyun! Ho Gaya Na. She entered the Telugu film industry with ÔÇÿLakshmi KalyanamÔÇÖ in 2007. It was around the same time, she starred in the super hit movie ÔÇÿChandamamaÔÇÖ. The Telugu film ÔÇÿMagadheeraÔÇÖ, changed her career and established her as a great actor. ÔÇÿMagadheeraÔÇÖ is still one of the films holding the highest box office collections ever in Telugu Film Industry.
Shruthi Hassan – 1 Crore
Shruthi HassanÔÇÖs debut appearance was in the Hindi film, ÔÇÿLuckÔÇÖ. After which she began to act in Telugu and Tamil films. She normally charges a remuneration of Rs.90 lakhs to 1 Crore. After she starred in the super hit film ÔÇÿSrimanthuduÔÇÖ, she started charging Rs.1 Crore for a film. She is the daughter of South Indian Superstar Kamal Hassan. She began to act as a child artist also sang in movies. She acted along with her father and the ÔÇÿKing of BollywoodÔÇÖ Shah Rukh Khan in the film ÔÇÿHey RamÔÇÖ. She later acted in Tollywood in films like ÔÇÿAnaganaga O DheeruduÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿOh My FriendÔÇÖ. Her debut in Tamil was ÔÇÿ7aum ArivuÔÇÖ. Super hit movies like ÔÇÿGabbar SinghÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿBalupuÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿYevaduÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿRace GurramÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿSrimanthuduÔÇÖ, helped her gain stardom making her one of the highest earning South Indian actresses. She has made a mark in Bollywood as well through the movies ÔÇÿDil Toh Baccha Hai JiÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿRamaiya VastavaiyaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿGabbar Is BackÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿWelcome BackÔÇÖ.
Rakul Preet Singh – 1 Crore
Rakul Preet SinghÔÇÖs films like ÔÇÿLoukyamÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿYaariyanÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿCurrent TheegaÔÇÖ, were just satisfactory hits, but it helped her to become one of the top paid actresses in Tollywood. She used to charge Rs 50 lakhs to 90 lakhs in a film, but after starring opposite NTR in the film ÔÇÿNanaku PremathoÔÇÖ, she has started to demand 1 Crore per film. Rakul was a model before debuting in Kannada film ÔÇÿGilliÔÇÖ. Her first Telugu film was ÔÇÿKeratamÔÇÖ in 2011. Her Tamil debut was ÔÇÿThadaiyara ThaakkaÔÇÖ, in 2012. In 2014, she starred in the Bollywood film ÔÇÿYaariyanÔÇÖ.
Nayanthara – 1 Crore
Nayanthara was the highest paid actress earlier when she used to charge Rs.3 Crore per film. Later because of personal issues she had taken a break. Now she is charging Rs.1 Crore for each film. Before she started to act in the Tamil and Telugu Film Industries, Nayanthara used to act in Malayalam films. She made her debut in the Malayalam film ÔÇÿManassinakkareÔÇÖ in 2003 and followed by ÔÇÿVismayathumbathuÔÇÖ. She debuted in Tamil in 2005 with ÔÇÿAyyaÔÇÖ. She has acted as the lead character in various successful Tamil and Telugu movies, like ÔÇÿVallavanÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿDubai SeenuÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿTulasiÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿBillaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿYaaradi Nee MohiniÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿAdhursÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿSimhaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿBoss Engira BhaskaranÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿKrishnam Vande JagadgurumÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿRaja RaniÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿArrambamÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿMasssÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿThani OruvanÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿMayaÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿNaanum Rowdy DhaanÔÇÖ. Her acting skills helped her to become one of the highest paid actresses in South India.
Trisha – 1 Crore
Trisha was last seen in the Telugu film, ÔÇÿNayakiÔÇÖ, which received very bad reviews. Due to problems in her married life, her career slowed down. She charges Rs.1 Crore for each movie. She started her career with a supporting role in the Tamil film, ÔÇÿJodiÔÇÖ in 1999 and later starred as the lead character in the film ÔÇÿMounam PesiyadheÔÇÖ. She also did movies like ÔÇÿSaamyÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿGhilliÔÇÖ in Tamil and ÔÇÿVarshamÔÇÖ in Telugu. Her Bollywood debut was ÔÇÿKhatta MeethaÔÇÖ in 2010, which was a flop. ÔÇÿAbhiyum NaanumÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿVinnaithaandi VaruvaayaaÔÇÖ are two of her major hits.
Tamanna Bhatia – 1 Crore
Tamanna Bhatia is one of the most popular actresses in the South Indian film industry. The film ÔÇÿHappy DaysÔÇÖ was the turning point in her career. Tamannah charges Rs.90 lakhs to 1 Crore for a film. Her biggest hit in Tollywood was ÔÇÿ100% LoveÔÇÖ. She acted in the legendary Indian film ÔÇÿBaahubali – The BeginningÔÇÖ. She is also a part of the cast in ÔÇÿBaahubali – The ConclusionÔÇÖ.┬á Her debut appearance was in the Bollywood film, ÔÇÿChand Sa Roshan ChehraÔÇÖ in 2005. Her debut in Tamil was in ÔÇÿKediÔÇÖ. In 2007, she did ÔÇÿHappy DaysÔÇÖ in Telugu and ÔÇÿKallooriÔÇÖ in Tamil.
Nitya Menon – 1 Crore
Nithya Menon is well known in Tollywood for her films like ÔÇÿIshqÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿGunde Jaari GallanthayyindeÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿS/o SatyamurthyÔÇÖ. She is also a celebrated actress in the Tamil and Kannada film industry. With her increased popularity after movies like ÔÇÿ100 days of LoveÔÇÖ in Malayalam and ÔÇÿRudramadeviÔÇÖ in Telugu, her remuneration has raised to Rs 1 Crore per film. Nithya Menon was born and brought up in Bengaluru, Karnataka. She became one of the highest-earning South Indian actresses in a very short span of time.
Hansika┬áMotwani– 80 Lakhs
Hansika, one of the most popular actresses in both Tollywood and Kollywood, charges Rs. 80 lakhs to 1 Crore for each film. Her super hit film ÔÇÿVaaluÔÇÖ helped her to attain this position. Hansika began her career with the TV serial, ÔÇÿShaka Laka Boom BoomÔÇÖ. She also acted as a child artist in the Bollywood film, ÔÇÿKoi Mil GayaÔÇÖ with Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan. Her most popular Telugu films are ÔÇÿBillaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿMaskaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿKandireegaÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿDenikaina ReadyÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿSomething SomethingÔÇÖ, ÔÇÿPandavulu Pandavulu TummedaÔÇÖ and ÔÇÿPowerÔÇÖ. She is one of the youngest actresses to be part of the list.