Superstar Mahesh Babu is one of the most popular actors in India and he has been ranked No 2 in the top 10 positions on 2012's India's most desirable man. Back-to-back success of his latest releases like Dookudu, Businessman and Seetamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu is the best example for his growing popularity. The latest buzz in the T-Town is that the actor has hiked his remuneration for his next movie.
Soon after Prabhas' starrer Mirchi became a Blockbuster at the Box Office, it was rumoured that writer-turned-director Koratala Siva would direct Mahesh Babu in his second directorial venture. Reports suggest that Prince has agreed to star in his upcoming movie, which will be produced by UTV Motion Pictures. The actor has reportedly quoted Rs 20 crores as his payment for this yet-to-be titled film.
It is not clear whether UTV Motion Pictures has agreed to pay Mahesh Babu this hefty sum for the film. However, the actor is currently busy shooting for director Sukumar's upcoming movie 1: Nenokkadine. After completing Srinu Vaitla's Aagadu, he is expected to take Koratala Siva's project, which is likely to hit the floor in the mid of 2014.
We bring you the salary list of 10 highest paid Telugu actors.
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A couple of years ago, Mahesh Babu used to charge Rs 10-12 crores per movie. He hiked his payment to Rs 15 crores for Sukumar's film 1: Nenokkadine. The movie is yet to hit the theatres, but the actor has once again increased it to Rs 20 crores for Koratala Siva's film.
Pawan Kalyan is one of the highest paid actors in Telugu and he had charged Rs 15 crore for his Blockbuster movie Gabbar Singh. If we believe the reports, he has hiked his remuneration to Rs 20 crores for his latest outing Attarintiki Daredi, which is directed by Trivikram Srinivas.
Junior NT Ram Rao
Junior NTR is another Telugu actor, who enjoys huge fan base not only in Andhra Pradesh, but also across the globe. The huge success of his recent release Baadshah shows his popularity. Following this success, the young tiger has hiked his salary to Rs 10 crores per a film.
Ram Charan Teja
Ram Charan, the son of Chiranjeevi, is another most popular young actor in Tollywood. With his recent releases Naayak and Racha, the actor has reportedly quoted his remuneration as Rs 10 crores, which is equal to that of Junior NTR.
Ravi Teja is known as mass maharaja of Tollywood. The actor, who has recently scored a big hit with Balupu, after a hatrick failure, is said to have increased his salary from Rs 7 crore to Rs 8 crores for his upcoming movie.
Prabhas is one young Telugu actor, who enjoys a huge female fan following. He has several hit films to his credit. Earlier, he was paid Rs 4 crores per movie. But he has hiked his payment by 50% for his upcoming film. He is reportedly getting Rs 6 crores to star in SS Rajamouli's movie Baahubali.
Allu Arjun has stolen the heart of a million girls in Andhra Pradesh with his dance moves and macho-man body. He is also one of the highest paid actors in Tollywood. His salary is said to be Rs 6 crores.
Nagarjuna is a popular senior Telugu actor, who has completed close to three decades in the film industry. The 59-year-old star is still giving a tough feat to the young stars for their money. He is reportedly charging Rs 5 crores per movie.
Venkatesh is another senior actor, who started his acting career 1986. He has maintained his physique very well and still looks very young and energetic. Like Nag, he also receives Rs 5 crores per film.
Allari Naresh, who is known as comedy king, has also got huge fan following in the state. He has scored back-to-back success in recent years. He is said to be getting Rs 4 crores as his remuneration.