Top 15 Richest & Highest Paid South Indian Actors

South Indian film industry is one of the largest movie industries in the world. Movies of different languages like Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada are made in the South Indian movie industry and some of the movies become magnanimous hits earning significant amount of money. With the rising popularity of South Indian movies and South Indian actors, some of the stars have become insanely rich and have earned global acclaim.

Here is a list of famous South Indian actors and South Indian heroes who have taken the film industry by storm:

15. Vikram : My Fav South Indian Actors


Vikram is an Indian film actor, voice actor and a playback singer. He made his debut in the 1990 film En Kadhal Kanmani. He Charge 12 Crores Per Movie

14. Pawan Kalyan :


Pawan Kalyan’s actual name is Konidela Kalyan Babu. He began to call himself as Pawan Kalyan when he worked on his first film, Akkada Abbai Ikkada Ammayi, in 1996. He Charge 18 Crores Per Movie

13. Prabhas :


Prabhas was born to late U. Suryanarayana Raju and Siva Kumari. He Charge 20 Crores Per Movie

12.Ajith Kumar :

Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor who has worked mainly in Tamil cinema. He Charge 20 Crores Per Movie

11. Joseph Vijay



Vijay was born to a famous Tamil film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar. His career geared up when he acted in Ghilli, one of the biggest blockbuster in Tamilnadu. He Charge 25 crores  per Movie


10. Ram Charan:

Popular Telugu South Indian actor Ram Charan is one of the highest paid actors in the South film industry. He charges about 12 crore rupees for every movie. He is the son of another popular South Indian actor Chiranjeevi and is certainly making his father proud with his outstanding career in the movie industry.

9. Surya:

With a whopping income of 17 crore rupees per movie, Surya is yet another South Indian hero who has a huge fan following in the country. He is praised for his versatility in the industry. His popular works include Pithamagan, Perazhagan, Vaaranam Aayiram, Ghajini ( South version), Singam series etc.

8. Prithviraj Sukumaran:

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With experience of over 14 years, Prithviraj Sukumaran has acted in over eighty films throughout his career. He is not just a popular South Indian actor, but also a producer and a playback singer. He has won the Kerala State Film Awards two times and has also bagged a National Award for producing the movie Indian Rupee.

7. Siddharth:


Never judge this star by his chocolate boy looks; he is a very talented actor who has done several movies in the Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam industry. He is well known for his performance in Bommarillu and Hindi movie Rang De Basanti. He has won the Filmfare Award for his role in Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana.

6. Mahesh Babu:

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Counted among the most accomplished South Indian heroes, Mahesh Babu has got a huge fan following in India. He charges a whopping 18 crore rupees per movie he does. He is called the ‘Prince of Tollywood’ and is regarded as one of the most handsome South Indian actors till date.

5. Dhanush:

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Though most of us know him as the crazy lover guy ‘Kundan Shankar’ from Raanjhana, Dhanush’s list of movies in South is unending. His popularity soared with his song Kolaveri Di from the movie 3 featuring Amitabh Bachchan. He has won several Filmfare Awards and National awards for his contribution to the film industry.

4. Kamal Hassan:

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This popular South Indian actor has earned immense respect of Indian audience because of his contribution to the south as well as Bollywood film industry. He has won over 19 Filmfare Awards and four National Awards till date. He charges about 27 crore per movie.

3. Allu Arjun:

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South India has gifted the movie industry with top notch dancers and Allu Arjun is one of them. This Telugu actor is listed among Top 50 of Forbes India 2015 Celeb 100 list.

2. Rana Daggubati:

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This South Indian hero is loved by girls all over the country for his rugged sexy look. But don’t just get swayed by his looks; he is an equally talented actor. His role in the hit movie Baahubali has made him a common household name.

1. Rajinikanth:

People certainly don’t need an introduction of this man. Regarded as the ‘God of South India’, people literally worship this man who has transformed from a mere bus conductor to a super star. He has been honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan Award. He charges a ‘mind numbing’ 50-60 CRORE RUPEES for every movie he does! Yes guys, you read that right!

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