Highest Paid Actors In South India 2020 | Mahesh Babu & Allu Arjun Made Name To The List

Laavanya Hien |Dec 09, 2020

Many South stars' remunerations are even much higher than those from the Bollywood industry. Here're South Indian highest paid actors updated in 2020.

The film industry from South India outstands others on account of its big budget. Moreover, it also attracts a lot of attention for its film sets, drama, action, and so on. Several renowned South Indian celebrities, especially those from Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu film industries, have made their names in the Indian movie industry for their significant contribution and their exceptionally high remuneration.

There is no denying that the South Indian movie industry has been domestically recognized, and it’s also where many stars' wages are even much higher than those from Bollywood. Starbiz.com has come up with a list of highest paid actors in South India, accompanied by their films.

Top 10 Highest Paid Actors In South India
Guess who will rank the 1st on the highest-paid South Indian list?

Please note that these names are listed in random orders. To check salary of a specific actor in this post, please click onto their name on our table of content.

1. Rajinikanth

Actor Rajinikanth has become one of the most successful stars with some commercially hit movies. For each flick he participated in 2020, Rajinikanth got paid roughly Rs 90 crore. What’s more, fans also go crazy with his special dialogue delivery and signature style. Therefore, the 69-year-old superstar is getting ever-increasing popularity with a strong fan club base throughout the country.

Despite being one of the South Indian highest-paid actors, Rajinikanth announced he would launch his own political party at the end of December, 2020.

Rajinikanth - highest paid actors in South India
The unprecedented salary record for Rajinikanth was broken by a younger name.

An interesting fact about the acting career of this legend is that his two movies Robot and 2.0 both witness the biggest age gap relationships in Indian film history. In the two blockbusters, Rajinikanth starred opposite Aishwarya Raj and Amy Jackson who are 23 and 42 years younger than him.

2. Prabhas

Since the launch of the series Baahubali directed by SS Rajamouli, Prabhas has been rising to nationwide recognition. Among other highest paid actors in South India film industries, Prabhas is a remarkable young name with many blockbusters recently.

Notably, Prabhas's salary for the upcoming Vyjayanthi Movies project reaches Rs 100 crores. Accordingly, Prabhas has defeated Rajnikanth to become the highest paid actor in India.

Prabhas - highest paid actors in South India
Prabhas witnessed a dramatic increase in his salary within a few years.

No doubt, Prabhas is listed among top 10 South Indian actors of all time with this remuneration. And he is among the fastest-rising star of the industry when just two years back, he got paid Rs 25 crore per film.

3. Kamal Hassan

The Indian movie industry takes pride in a distinguished personality named Kamal Hassan who has his identity to stand out in many areas, including lyricist, playback singer, screenwriter, producer, dancer, film director, and actor.

Without a doubt, the actor has greatly influenced both Tamil and Bollywood film industry with a considerable contribution. Hence, he deserves to be one of highest-paid actors in South India.

For each movie, Kamal Hassan earns Rs 25 to Rs 30 crore.

Kamal Hassan - highest paid actors in South India
Kamal Hassan's remuneration remains stable throughout recent years.

4. Jr. NTR

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Junior, known as Jr. NTR, has a reputation for his acting skills and in-depth devotion to each character that he is responsible. One of his most outstanding performances is in Aravindha Sametha movie by Trivikram Srinivas.

During his successful film career, he takes part in a considerable number of blockbuster films. At the moment, JR NTR gets paid around Rs 33 crore per film. Now, he is in cooperation with director SS Rajamouli for the upcoming film project named RRR.

Jr. NTR - highest paid actors in South India
It's his professional attitude that brings JR NTR to a top South Indian star.

5. Suriya

The Singam actor is another celebrity to be in this list of highest paid actors in South India. Suriya is not only an actor but also a television presenter and film producer. Thus, he makes himself famous quickly for being one of the South Indian leading actors.

His widespread reputation earns Suriya high remuneration of about Rs 20 crore to Rs 22 crore for each movie.

Suriya - highest paid actors in South India
It took Suriya over 2 decades to prove his talent in the industry.

In fact, the success of Suriya does not come from his talent only but also from the unconditional support of his wife. Suriya and Jyothika from-reel-to-real love story is a true inspiration for any Indian couple.

6. Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu, who is much known as veteran actor Krishna’s younger son, has had a significant contribution to the South movie industry. Besides acting as one child artist in the movie Needa and other eight films, Babu had his first appearance in the film industry with Rajakumarudu in the pivotal role.

What's more, the media has cited him as one of India’s most handsome male actors. That’s why Mahesh Babu always receives high remuneration, being one of the highest paid actors in South India.

In 2020, it's reported that Mahesh Babu takes up Rs 40 to 50 crores per movie. Also, Babu will romance the Bollywood star Shraddha Kapoor in a Parasuram-directed movie.

Mahesh Babu - highest paid actors in South India
Mahesh Babu is expected to make it big when starring opposite Shraddha in their next project.

7. Allu Arjun

This South Indian highest paid actors list would not be complete without mentioning the well-known actor Allu Arjun who made the success of Badrinath, Desamuduru, DJ, Arya, Happy, and so on.

It is to say, Allu has been so familiar with Indian viewers that he gets nationally recognized to be one of the highest-paid actors in South Indian film industries.

One more bonus point for Allu Arjun when he’s also the South movie industry’s most stylish celebrity, which even helps strengthen his fan clubs than ever. As regards his remuneration, Allu Arjun reportedly charges around Rs 25 crores per movie.

Allu Arjun - highest paid actors in South India
Not only a versatile actor, Allu Arjun is also a real fashionista.

8. Vikram

Vikram is also one of the highest paid actors in South India movie industry. On winning a National Film Award and 7 Filmfare Awards, Vikram is clearly among the most exceptional stars. Some of the most successful Vikram's movies include I and Pithamagan in which he got paid Rs 12 crores per film.

However, in 2020, Vikram's salary per movie increased to Rs 20 crore.

Vikram - highest paid actors in South India
Vikram's awards are hard to be surpassed by any South Indian actor.

9. Dhanush

Dhanush, better known for being the son-in-law of actor Rajnikanth, is a noticeable name in this South movie industry with numerous hits such as Raanjhanaa or 3.

He also excels at multiple areas besides acting as a playback singer, lyricist, screenwriter, writer, director, and film producer.

When it comes to his remuneration, Dhanush charges Rs 15 crore each movie in 2020. His upcoming project with Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan, Atrangi Re, will soon release its trailer in the beginning of 2021.

Dhanush - highest paid actors in South India
Fans are longing for the collaboration of Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar.

10. Ram Charan

Ram Charan, who is the son of a celebrated actor cum politician Chiranjeevi, had a fantastic performance in many movies such as Rangasthalam, Chirutha, and Magadheera. His tremendous contribution to Tollywood industry has made him one of the highest paid actors in South India.

Currently, Ram Charan is noticed for high remuneration of Rs 25 crore per movie. At present, Charan is also cooperating with Vikram and director SS Rajamouli for project RRR.

Ram Charan Highest Paid Actors In South India
Ram Charan is on his way to dominating the South Indian screen.

You can check the expanded list of highest paid actors in South India in the video below!

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