Yash to Prabhas The Top Highest Paid Actors in South India

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We all know that Bollywood is the biggest film industry in India because Bollywood has many big superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, etc. and they also are one of the highest paid actors in India. But did you know that nowadays South Indian actors are also competing with Bollywood actors? Because south India’s films are continuously hitting the box office.

As per the result in 2022 India’s top highest paid actor is from South India.

Did you get interested to know the name?

Keep reading the blog fully. After a lot of research and a lot of work we find the details and here below we have discussed the top 10 Highest Paid Actors in South India.

10. Yash

Naveen Kumar Gowda was known by his stage name Yash. Yash is a newcomer star in South India. Nowadays Yash is one of the popular celebrities in India and one of the Highest Paid actors in South India after doing K.G.F Chapter 2.

Yash started his career in the 2000’s television series. After that debut in the film industry in 2007 with Jambada Hudugi. Yash’s romantic drama movie Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari (2014) was the first highest-grossing Kannada film.

But in 2018 director Prashanth Neel came up with Yash in K.G.F Chapter 1. The movie became famous in the Indian film industry and recently in 2022 K.G.F Chapter 2 was released and the movie was the 3rd Highest grossing movie in India. Yash took 30 Crore for his role in this movie.

Yash also received several awards for his acting performance.

  • Name – Naveen Kumar Gowda
  • Age – 36 Years (8 January 1986)
  • Charges Per Movies – 30 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – K.G.F Chapter 2 (2022), K.G.F Chapter 1 (2018)

9. Dhanush

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja is known as Dhanush. Dhanush mainly works in Tamil Movies. Dhanush is very famous in the Tamil movie industry for his acting skills and he is also one of the Highest Paid actors in South India. Dhanush has also worked with the famous Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, and Kajol. Dhanush started his career in 2002’s Movie Thulluvadho Ilamai, the film was a coming-of-age film. But he got success from 2007’s movie Polladhavan. After that Dhanush worked in many movies. Raanjhanaa (2013) is Dhanush’s highest grossing film of all time.

Dhanush also received several awards for his acting performance, including 14 SIIMA Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, nine Vijay Awards, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards, and four National Film Awards.

Dhanush is also a producer, director, playback singer, and lyricist.       

  • Name – Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja
  • Age – 39 Years (28 July 1983)
  • Charges Per Movies – 12 to 15 crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Raanjhanaa (2013), Unemployed Graduate (2014), Anegan (2015), Aadukalam (2011)

8. Ajith Kumar

Ajith Kumar is one of the famous actors in the South India film Industry. And also he is on the list of the highest-paid actors in South India. He mainly works in Tamil movies. At the age of 51 years, he is still famous for his roles. Recently he appeared in Valimai (2022). Ajith Kumar took 70 Crore for his role.

Ajith Kumar started his career in the 1990s movie En Veedu En Kanavar. In his whole career, Ajith has worked in more than 60 movies. He is famous for all of his roles like Romantic hero, Action hero, and also in Antihero.

In his acting career, he earned several awards including three Filmfare Awards South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, three Cinema Express Awards, and four Vijay Awards.

  • Name – Ajith Kumar
  • Age – 51 Years (1 May 1971)
  • Charges Per Movie – 30 to 40 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Viswasam (2019), Valimai (2022), Vivegam (2017), Vedalam (2015)


Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr. is known as JR NTR. he is famous for his action performance in Telugu movies. Recently he is one of the Highest Paid Actors in South India. JR NTR started his career as a child actor in the 1997’s movie Ramayanam. After that JR NTR made his debut in the 2001’s movie Ninnu Choodalani. After that, he made many movies but in 2016 his career changed from the movie Janatha Garage. He made his first blockbuster movie. After that film, Jai Lava Kusa (2017) is also his blockbuster movie, and recently in 2022, he appeared in the lead role along with Ram Charan on S.S Rajamouli’s project RRR. he charges 45 crores for this movie.

JR NTR also received several awards including two state Nandi Awards, four CineMAA Awards, and two Filmfare Awards South.

Since 2012 JR NTR has been featured on Forbes India Celebrity 100 List.

  • Name – Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr.
  • Age – 39 Years (20 May 1983)
  • Charges Per Movie – 45 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Jai Lava Kusa (2017), Janatha Garage (2016), RRR (2022)

6. Ram Charan

Konidela Ram Charan Teja is known as Ram Charan. Nowadays Ram Charan is one of the famous actors in the South India film Industry. His dashing style and handsome face are enough to kill any lady by heart. He is also one of the Highest paid actors in South India. Ram Charan started his career acting in the movie Chirutha (2007). For that film, he received Filmfare for the best male debut of the year.

In 2009 Ram Charan appeared as the lead actor in S.S Rajamouli’s movie Magadheera, the highest-grossing Telugu film of all time. After that, he made many blockbuster movies. Recently Ram Charan played the lead role along with JR NTR in S.S Rajamouli’s movie RRR (2022). The film is the 4th highest-grossing movie in India. Ram Charan charged 45 crores for this movie.

  • Name – Konidela Ram Charan Teja
  • Age – 37 Years (27 March 1985)
  • Charges Per Movie – 45 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Magadheera (2009), Naayak (2013), Yevadu (2014), Govindudu Andarivadele (2014), Racha (2012), Dhruva (2016), Rangasthalam (2018), RRR (2022)

5. Mahesh Babu

Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu is one of the famous South Indian actors. He mainly appears in Telugu movies and he is also one of the Highest Paid actors in South India. Mahesh Babu started his career in 1979 as a child artist. After that Mahesh Babu made his lead actor debut in Rajakumarudu (1999). For that film, he won Nandi Award for the best male debut actor. After that Mahesh Babu won several awards including five Filmfare South Awards, four South Indian International Movie Awards, and eight Nandi Awards.

Mahesh Babu’s film Pokiri (2006) made the record of being highest grossing Telugu movie and Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020) is Mahesh babu’s highest-grossing film ever. The film earned 2.6 Billion at the box office. Mahesh Babu charged 40 crores for this movie.

  • Name – Ghattamaneni Mahesh Babu
  • Age – 47 Years (9 August 1975)
  • Charges Per Movie – 35 to 55 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Pokiri (2006), Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020), Srimanthudu (2015), Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), Maharshi (2019), Businessman (2012), Sarkari Vaari Paata (2022)

4. Allu Arjun

Allu Arjun is the 4th highest paid actor in South India. As per research, Allu Arjun is more famous for his style and action. Allu Arjun made his acting debut in the 2003’s movie Gangotri. After that, he worked in many movies but some of his notable films such as Arya 2 (2009), Race Gurram (2014), S/O Satyamurthy (2015), Rudhramadevi (2015), Sarrainodu (2016), Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020), DJ: Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), Pushpa: The Rise (2021). His last movie Puspa: The Rise (2021) made a fire at the Box-office for his style, acting, and Dialogues. He charges approx 50 Crore for this movie. Now the upcoming movie of Allu Arjun is Puspa 2 The Rule. He charges Puspa 2 approx 70 Crore.

  • Name – Allu Arjun
  • Age – 40 Years (8 April 1982)
  • Charges Per Movie – 50 to 80 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Sarrainodu (2016), DJ: Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), S/O Satyamurthy (2015), Pushpa: The Rise (2021)

3. Thalapathy Vijay

Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar is known as Thalapathy Vijay. He is a very famous actor in South India and he is not only the highest paid actor in South India, but he is also one of the highest paid actors in India. Vijay mainly works in Tamil movies. He made his debut film as a child artist in 1988. He worked in more than 65 films as a lead actor.

He is famous for his dashing style and outstanding action. Recently his last movie Beast has been released in 2022. Vijay took 100 Crore for his role.

  • Name – Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
  • Age – 48 Years (22 June 1974)
  • Charges Per Movie – 100 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Bigil (2019), Mersal (2017), Sarkar (2018), Master (2021), Beast (2022)    

2. Rajinikanth

Shivaji Rao Gaekwad known as Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth is an Indian actor, Producer, and screenwriter also. He has been working in the South India film Industry since 1975. That means Rajinikanth has been working in South India for around 47 Years. He is known as Superstar or Thalaivar in Tamil movies. Rajinikanth started his career in 1975’s movie Apoorva Raagangal. But in 2007 his movie Sivaji crossed 100 crores. That was the first Indian movie to cross the 100 crore club. After that, he increased his charges per movie. His last highest gross movie was 2.0. The movie is India’s 8th Highest gross movie. He charges 120 crores for that movie. Now in 2022, he is the 2nd Highest paid actor in South India.   

  • Name – Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
  • Age – 71 Years (12 December 1950)
  • Charges Per Movie – 80 to 120 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Sivaji (2007), Kaala (2018), Darbar (2020), Petra (2019), 2.0 (2018), Kabali (2016), Enthiran (2010)

1. Prabhas

Uppalapati Venkata Suryanarayana Prabhas Raju is the full name of Prabhas. Nowadays in 2022 Prabhas is the only actor who charges per movie approx 120-150 Crore. He is not only the highest paid actor in South India. Prabhas is also called the Highest paid actor in India. After working in Mirchi in 2013 Prabhas’s career changed. He got a chance to work with the famous director S.S Rajamouli on 2 of his projects “Bahubali The Beginning (2015)” and “Bahubali The Conclusion (2017)” these are one of the top Highest grossing movies in Indian Cinema and he charged for these movies 75 to 100 Crore. Nowadays he charges per movie approx 120-150 Crore as he charges for his upcoming movie Adipurush 120 Crore.

  • Name – Uppalapati Venkata Suryanarayana Prabhas Raju
  • Age – 42 Years (23 October 1979)
  • Charges Per Movie – 120 to 150 Crore
  • Highest Grossing Movies – Bahubali The Beginning (2015), Bahubali The Conclusion (2017), Saaho (2019)

Here is The Quick List of Highest Paid Actors in South India

  1. Prabhas
  2. Rajinikanth
  3. Thalapathy Vijay
  4. Allu Arjun
  5. Mahesh Babu
  6. Ram Charan
  7. JR NTR
  8. Ajith Kumar
  9. Dhanush
  10. Yash


The list of highest-paid actors can’t end with just 10. There are many actors there in South India who are also earning more money with their hard work.

Today In our blog we shared about the top 10 Highest Paid Actors in South India.

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