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Who is the highest paid director in Tamil films?

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Since its inception, Tamil film industry has been producing good movies, which are not limited to only Tamil Nadu but are also viewed by film-goers of other Southern states. It has made movie on all the popular genres like action, adventure, comedy, crime, erotica, historical, romance, etc., and tasted success. The credit unquestionably has to go to creators or directors, who came up with fresh ideas that would be successful.

Directors like K Balachander, J Mahendran, Bharathi Raja, Balu Mahendra, CV Sridhar, Bhagyaraj, Visu and many directors of that era took the Tamil films to national level and got recognition. Today, we have many filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Shankar, AR Murugadoss, KS Ravikumar, Bala and others, who are making us proud.

But have we ever thought about how much they get to direct films? Remunerations of the directors of bygone era may be difficult to trace but we can easily know about the modern day filmmakers' salary. Well, here is an article to tell you how much our top filmmaker get to direct a film.

In the modern days, directors are treated well financially and some of them are getting no less than what an A-list star is being paid for a film. Follow the slideshow to know how much the top filmmaker earn in a movie...


Shankar, the most successful filmmaker in Tamil films in this era, popularised vigilante movies in Kollywood. His films are rich and talk about the present issues in the society. He is the highest paid director in Tamil films and also features among the top five highly paid filmmakers in India.

Best Works: Gentleman, Indian, Anniyan, Endhiran are few to name.
Salary: 15 crores

AR Murugadoss

AR Murugadoss is the second highest paid director in Tamil films. He is one director, who has tasted success in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.

Best Works: Ramana, Ghajini and Thuppakki
Salary:12 crores

Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam makes socially relevant films. He has made films on wide-variety of subjects. He is well-recognised by every film industries in India.

Best Works: Nayagan, Roja, Mouna Ragam, Agni Natchathiram, etc.
Salary: 5 crores

KV Anand

Cinematographer-turned-director KV Anand, though directed four films, gets a handsome paycheque.

Best Works: Kana Kandaen and Ayan
Salary: 5 crores


Bala is known for making hard-hitting films. He has won several awards including National and State Awards.

Best Works: Sethu, Pithamagan and Naan Kadavul
Salary: Rs 5 crores


Selvaraghavan takes up unusual subjects and present them in entertaining way.

Best Works: Kadhal Kondein, 7G Rainbow Colony and Aayirathil Oruvan
Salary: Rs 5 crores

Gautham Menon

Gautham Menon's usual genre is romance and he has also tasted success in action flick.

Best Works: Minnale, Kaakha Kaakha, Vaaranam Aayiram and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Salary: Rs 4 crores


Lingusamy is known for making commercial potboilers.

Best Works: Run and Sandakozhi
Salary: Rs 4 crores

KS Ravikumar

KS Ravikumar started his career with a remake but established himself as a successful original director. He is one of the favourite directors of Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan.

Best Works: Muthu, Avvai Shanmugi, Padayappa and Varalaru
Salary: Rs 4 crores


Hari is director, who loves to churn out fast-paced action entertainers.

Best Works: Saamy, Singam and Aaru
Salary: Rs 4 crores

Venkat Prabhu

Venkat Prabhu makes youthful subjects and targets modern-day audience.

Best Works: Chennai 600028, Saroja and Mankatha
Salary: Rs 3 crores


Vijay takes up diverse subjects and his movies are often clean without vulgarity.

Best Works: Kireedam and Madarassapattinam
Salary: Rs 3 crores

M Rajesh

M Rajesh prefers only comedy genres. All his three films were fun-filled entertainers.

Best Work: Boss Engira Baskaran
Salary: Rs 3 crores

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