Top 10 Highest Paid South Indian Actors of 2017 (Male)

Highest Paid South Indian Actors

The South Indian film industry is surely enormous, as it features a great number of films of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages which are made every year. Remuneration of South Indian actors is high at the present days because the films are commercially successful. Many big budget films are dubbed in many languages and release at the same time all over India and foreign countries. Crores of rupees are spent on making these movies and crores are paid to the actors of the industry. So, here’s the list of Top 10 Highest Paid South Indian Actors of 2017.

1. Rajinikanth


Megastar Rajinikanth is the highest paid actor in South Indian films. He has worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and English movies as well. After the success of his films like ‘Lingaa’ (2014) and ‘Kabali’ (2016) now his earnings are 40-60 crore/film

2. Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan

Kamal Hassan, the king of the action movies has a great record of delivering hits continuously. His last hits were ‘Thoongaa Vanam’ (2015) and ‘Cheekati Rajyam’ (2015) which made him earn 25-30 crore/film.

3. Vijay



Vijay, the another South Indian Actor who has given multiple releases in recent times including ‘Theri’ (2016) and ‘Bairavaa’ (2017). He’s not only an actor but a playback singer too. This has boosted his earnings a lot and now he is paid around 25-30 crore/film.

4. Ajith Kumar


Beginning the career as a supporting actor in Telugu films, Ajith Kumar now is the king of Tamil Cinema. He last releases were ‘Vedalam’ (2015) and ‘Yennai Arindhaal’ (2015) which have made him earn about 20-25 crore/film.

5. Prabhas



The Heart-throb Prabhas has earned huge success and popularity all over the world after the release of his blockbuster movies ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ (2015) and ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ (2017) which are the highest grossing Indian movie of all time. Now his earnings are around 20-24 crore/film.

6. Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu who began as a child artist and made his career debut as a lead actor in Telugu film soon proved himself by giving movies like ‘Srimanthudu’ (2015) and ‘Srimanthudu’ (2016). Now he earns about 18-20 crore/film.

7.  Pawan Kalyan

Pawan Kalyan

The multi-talented actor Pawan Kalyan, is a producer, martial artist, director, screenwriter, stunt coordinator, and playback singer. His last released movies were ‘Sardaar Gabbar Singh’ (2016) and ‘Katamarayudu’ (2017), for which he earns 18 crore/film.

8. Suriya


Another Heart-throb Suriya is steadily establishing himself in the industry over the past few years. His recent successful movies are ’24’ (2016) and ‘Si3’ (2017) for which he is paid around 17 crore/film.

9. Ram Charan


Ram Charan who has worked in Telugu Cinema is a dancer, producer, businessman, and an entrepreneur too. His last released movie ‘Bruce Lee – The Fighter’ (2015) didn’t work well but ‘Dhruva’ (2016) earned success which made him charge 12 crore/film.

10. Vikram


Vikram who has worked in many Tamil films is also famous as a producer, playback singer, and former dubbing artist. His last two movies ’10 Endrathukulla’ (2015) and ‘Iru Mugan’ (2016), performed average at the box-office and he earns around 11-12 crores/film.