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Film heroes in South India are treated as demi gods on the earth and heroism plays a dominant role in the success of a film. The business of a movie always depends on the power and popularity of its lead actor. So the heroes take away at least 25% to 50% of production cost of a film as their remuneration. The salary of a few actors in South is almost equal to that of a few Bollywood superstars. We bring you the list of highest paid actors in South Indian film industry. Continue to see your favourite hero's remuneration in the slideshow.
Rajinikanth is the highest paid actors in South Indian film industry. The Tamil superstar has reportedly received Rs 30 crores as remuneration for his multilingual movie Kochadaiyaan.
Kamal Hassan's Remuneration
Kamal Hassan is the second highest paid actor in South Indian film industry. The Tamil superstar is said to have got Rs 25 crores as remuneration for his multilingual movie Vishwaroopam.
Pawan Kalyan's Remuneration
Pawan Kalyan is the highest paid actor in South Indian film industry. He is reportedly getting Rs 18 crores for his upcoming movie Gabbar Singh 2, which is said to be a sequel to the Blockbuster film Gabbar Singh.
The huge success of Velayudham, Nanban and Thuppakki has increased the remuneration of Ilayathalapathi Vijay, who charges Rs 18 crores per movie.
Singam fame Tamil actor Surya, who has huge fan following in South India, charges Rs 18 crores as remuneration for a movie.
Ajith Kumar's Remuneration
Like Surya and Vijay, Ajith Kumar has also got huge fan base in South and he also receives fat pay cheque. His remuneration is said to be Rs 18 crores.
Mahesh Babu's Remuneration
Mahesh Babu is the second highest paid actor in Telugu film industry. The superstar has got Rs 16 crores as remuneration for his upcoming movie Aagadu.
Junior NTR's Remuneration
Junior NTR is the third highest paid actor in Telugu film industry. The young tiger of Tollywood is said to be getting Rs 14 crores as remuneration for his upcoming movie Rabhasa.
Tamil actor Vikram, who has huge fan base in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, is reportedly charging Rs 12 crore as his remuneration for his forthcoming movie.
Ram Charan Teja's Remuneration
Ram Charan Teja is the fourth highest paid actor in Telugu film industry. The Mega Power Star is said to be getting Rs 12 crores as remuneration for his upcoming movie Govindudu Andarivadele.
Rebel Star Prabhas, who is one of hottest hunks of Tollywood, is getting Rs 10 crores as remuneration for SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali.
Allu Arjun's Remuneration
Stylish Star Allu Arjun, who has scored back-to-back hits, has reportedly charged Rs 10 crores as remuneration for his recent release Race Gurram.
After he entered Bollywood, Tamil actor Dhanush hiked his remuneration and he is said to be charging Rs 8 crore per movie.
Simbu is reportedly getting Rs 8 crores for his upcoming movie Inga Enna Solluthu, Vaalu, Kaaka Muttai, Idhu Namma Aalu and Sattendru Maaruthu Vaanilai.
After Surya and Vikram, Karthi is the nest Tamil actor, who also enjoys huge fan following in Andhra Pradesh. Despite having series of flops, he reportedly charges Rs 8 crores for a film.
Ravi Teja's Remuneration
Ravi Teja, who is popularly known as Mass Maharaja, is reportedly getting Rs 7 crores as remuneration for Bobby's debut directorial venture Power.
Sudeep, which is multi-feceted star from Sandalwood, is the highest paid Kannada actor. He is getting Rs 6 crores as his payment an untitled Tamil film that he has signed recently.
Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna has reportedly charged Rs 6 crores as remuneration for his recent release Legend.
Akkineni Nagarjuna's Remuneration
Akkineni Nagarjuna has reportedly charged Rs 6 crores as remuneration for his previous release Bhai.
Despite having a series of flops, Victory Venkatesh is charging Rs 6 crores as remuneration for a film.
Challenging Star Darshan Thoogudeep is the second highest paid actor in the Kannada film industry. He has got Rs 5.5 crore as his salary for his last outing.
Puneet Rajkumar's Remuneration
Kannada actor Puneet Rajkumar is the third highest paid actor in Sandalwood. He reportedly charges Rs 5 crores as his remuneration for a film.
Arya, who has emerged as a bankable actor after Raja Rani, has reportedly increased remuneration for Rs 5 crores.
Vishal, whose recent releases have turned out big money spinner, also charges Rs 5 crores per movie.
Real Star Upendra, who is also popular director, is reportedly charging 4 crores as remuneration for a film. He is not only popular in Karnatak, but also in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Shiva Rajkumar's Remuneration
Shivaraj Kumar, elder son of late legendary actor Rajkumar, charges Rs 3.5 crores for a film.
Tamil actor Jeeva, who has few hit films for his credit, gets Rs 3 crore as remuneration for a movie.
Nitin Reddy's Remuneration
Nitin Reddy is getting Rs 3 crores as remuneration for his long-awaited movie Courier Boy Kalyan.
Naga Chaitanaya's Remuneration
Akkineni Nagarjuna's son Naga Chaitanya is getting Rs 2.5 crores as remuneration for his upcoming movie Autonagar Surya.
Young actor Yash, who has scored back-to-back hits, has recently hiked his remuneration and is reportedly charging Rs 2.5 crore as his salary for his upcoming Kannada movie.
Eega fame Telugu actor Nani has reportedly charged Rs 2.5 crores as salary for his recent release Paisa.
Allari Naresh's Remuneration
Comedy king Allari Naresh has reportedly charged Rs 2.5 crores as salary for his recent release Action 3D.
Gopichand has reportedly drawn Rs 2 crores as remuneration for his last outing Sahasam.
Duniya Vijay's Remuneration
Duniya Vijay is reportedly charging Rs 2 crore as his remuneration for his upcoming Kannada film.
Superstar Monanlal is the highest paid Malayalam actor and he gets Rs 1.5 crore as his payment for a film.
Superstar Mammootty is another highest paid Malayalam actor and he gets also Rs 1.5 crore as his payment for a film.
Comedian-turned-hero Sunil has received Rs 1.5 crore as remuneration for the movie Tadakha.
Ganesh has received Rs 1.50 crores as his remuneration for his recent releases like Romeo and Sravani Subramanya.
Prithviraj is the second highest paid Malayalam actor and he reportedly charges Rs 1 crore for his upcoming movie.
Diganth Manchale is popularity Kannada actor and is reportedly Rs 1 crore as his remuneration for his debut Bollywood movie.