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Who said only heroes draw paychecks in crores? These days actresses are getting good salary. Gone are the days when filmmaker used to consider heroines as just glam dolls.
While in Bollywood the trend is fast changing, south industries too is picking it up. Hence, the change in attitude is visible with the filmmakers doing woman-oriented movies. All these factors clearly tell you that our actresses in South are drawing huge paychecks. Nayantara, Ileana, Anushka and a few others are in the crore list.
Here, we are bringing you the remuneration list of our Tamil actresses. Find it on the slideshow...
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan remains the highest paid actress in South till date. She was paid a whopping Rs 6 crores to star opposite Rajinikanth in Endhiran. The irony is that no actress in Kollywood or Tollywood has got half of what the Bachchan bahu received for her movie that released in 2010.
Deepika Padukone was reportedly paid Rs 3 crores to star in Rajinikanth starrer motion-capture technology movie Kochadaiiyaan. Normally, she charges above Rs 5 crores. But as the Tamil movie did not require her bulk dates, she took less salary.
Asin, who left South films to make it big in Bollywood, gets a reasonable salary. She commands Rs 3-4 crores per movie.
Ileana D'Cruz, like Asin, went to Bollywood to make it big. She was paid Rs 1.5 crores for her debut Hindi movie Barfi. The first movie won her good reviews but she could not retain it in her next two movies. Now, she is struggling hard to stay in the competition. However, she had got Rs 1.25 crores for her Tamil movie Nanban.
Nayantara's demand never diminished. She had almost quit acting before deciding to marry Prabhu Deva. She returned to acting after she broke up with him and her market seems to have doubled ever since. For her recent bilingual movie, she got Rs 2 crores.
Anushka Shetty has interesting big-budget movies in her kitty. This shows that she is the most sought after girl in South. She has got above Rs 1.50 crores for two of her Telugu movies.
Trisha Krishnan's few movies in the recent years may not have worked at Box Office. But it has not affected her market. She continues to draw paycheque between Rs 1.10 to 1.30 crores per movie.
Tamanna Bhatia struggled to reach Rs 1 crore till she was just limited to South movies. But after entering Hindi movies, her remuneration has hiked. Now, she gets above 1 crore easily.
Kajal Aggarwal, who was flying high with success, seems to have lost the momentum temporarily. The actress, who could have easily reached Rs 1.50 by now following back-to-back hits in Tamil and Telugu, is still getting a crore per movie.
Samantha is considered as a lucky charm by Telugu producers. This has helped her increase her price constantly. Currently, she is getting above one crore per movie.
Priyamani, the actress, who is popular all Southern film industries, is paid differently from industry to industry. While producers in Telugu have no issue paying her close to Rs 70 lakhs, people in Malayalam and other industries offer her from 40 to 60 lakhs.
Hansika Motwani has worked hard to reach where she is today. Her salary vary from movie to movie. She gets above Rs 65 lakhs per movie.
Taapsee Pannu, who is now working in a Hindi movie, has delivered hits consistently. Even if she has played the second fiddle, the actress managed to maintain equal space with her female co-stars. That defines the increasing market of her in the industry. Her salary vary from 55 to 70 lakhs per movie.
Shruti Hassan has been been of a few successful movies in Telugu. We have to note that she gets offers from Tamil, Telugu and Bollywood. As per the latest reports, she receives Rs 70+ lakhs per movie.
Amala Paul was never in the league of Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal or Taapsee Pannu. After falling in love with Vijay, she had her own set of rules before signing any movie. So, it had restricted her market. She used to get paid around Rs 40 to 50 lakhs.
Ramya Aka Divya Spandana
Ramya is not very popular in Tamil and Telugu. But she is numero uno actress in Sandalwood. The highest paycheck that received is said to be Rs 54 lakhs.
Genelia D'Souza, who has left South films after marrying Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh, charges around Rs 50 lakhs.
Shriya Saran, who used to charge Rs 80 crores in past, has recently reduced her remuneration and received Rs 40 crore for her last Kannada movie Chandra.
Actress Nithya Menon, who debuted as a child artist, charges Rs 25 lakhs as her remuneration per film.
Anjali, who is hitting headlines for wrong reasons these days, gets above Rs 30 lakhs per movie.
Lakshmi Menon, who was last seen in Manjapai, gets above Rs 20 lakhs per movie.
Actress Mamta Mohandas, who is one of the popular actresses in South, charges Rs 20 lakhs as her remuneration per film.
Lakshmi Rai's salary vary from Rs 15 lakhs to 30 lakhs.
Richa Gangopadhyay's career has not progressed to the expected level. Hence, she doesn't have much projects in her hands and she gets around 15-25 lakhs per movie.
Charmy Kaur has her own fan base in South. The actress gets Rs 20-25 lakhs per movie.