Telugu Film Industry is one of the major film industries in India which produces more movies as compared to other film industries. Tollywood heroes have charged less money as compared to Bollywood actors. But with growing popularity and regular hits, they have increased their remuneration.
For now, we can see the top 10 Tollywood heroes who have received massive payment form filmmakers. The list of highest paid Tollywood actors comprises of
Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR,
Ravi Teja, Venkatesh,
Prabhas, Nagarjuna and
1. Mahesh Babu
Mahesh Babu is one of the most popular heroes in Tollywood. After giving major hits like ‘
Dookudu’, he now charges Rs 20 crores for a movie making him the highest paid actors. Not only has Mahesh Babu received Rs 20 crores for his recent movie '
Srimanthudu' but also he has taken half the profits share of the movie. Moreover, Mahesh Babu is likely to become a co-producer for his future films with the 50% shares leading him to become the highest paid actor in Telugu film industry. It is said that the Superstar will take Rs 25 crores as remuneration for ‘
A R Murugadoss’ film whose title has to be yet decided.
Present superstar Prabhas was introduced to the Tollywood by his uncle
Krishnam Raju. The actor with his dynamic performance has won lots of hearts. He is popularly known as ‘Young Rebel Star’ and Darling of Tollywood. After giving few hits, Prabhas got his breakout role as
Baahubali in the movie ‘Baahubali’. The film was a major hit in India as well as abroad. He has charged Rs 24 crores for the film and the same amount has been declared for the second part “Baahubali 2”. With this recuperation the young Telugu star has become the second highest paid actor.
3. Pawan Kalyan
Introduced by his brother ‘
Chiranjeevi’ to Tollywood, Pawan Kalyan has a massive fan following and people are crazy about him. He has given many hit films and has proved his acting capabilities. Seeing his popularity, producers wait for his dates. They are ready to pay any amount to him to get his dates. Pawan has recently received Rs 20 crores for his work in “Sardar Gabbar Singh” starring him and
Kajal Aggarwal in the leads. Now, Pawan Kalyan has decided to charge about Rs 22 crores for his future ventures. With this he has ranked third in highest paid actor list.
N T Rama Rao Jr’
Tollywood actor Jr. NTR has given many commercial hits which had an outstanding openings. Known for his energetic acting in films Young Jr. NTR is the Tiger of Telugu film industry. Till date, the highest remuneration taken by this young actor was Rs 18 crore for his superhit film “
Nannaku Prematho” which was directed by ‘
Sukumar’. But, it is said that the actor has taken Rs 22 crores for his recent work in
Janatha Garage. With this, Jr. NTR stands fourth in the highest paid heroes list.
5. Ram Charan
In spite of being introduced by the support of his father Megastar Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan has made a place for himself in Tollywood. With his dedicated work, he has earned the tag of Mega Powerstar. Ram Charan has given many big hits like ‘
Naayak’, ‘Racha’ and many other. Recently, the actor has received Rs 17 crores for the movie '
Bruce Lee' starring him and
Rakul Preet Singh. Now, he is the fifth highest paid actor in Telugu film industry.
6. Allu Arjun
Hailing from the Mega family, Allu Arjun has established himself as an actor by his stylish performance and dancing skills. Besides being the leading actor in Tollywood, he is the youth's Style Icon. Starting his career with 'Gangotri' till '
Sarrainodu' Allu Arjun has given many hits like 'Desamuduru' and
Race Gurram. He has received Rs 14 crores for his last venture ‘Sarrainodu’ which is a blockbuster movie. Now onwards he will be taking Rs 14 crores remuneration for his future projects which brings him to the sixth position in the list of highest paid actors.
7. Ravi Teja
Despite being not coming from a filmy background, Ravi Teja has made a place for himself in Tollywood. Popularly known as Mass Maharaja, he had started his career with small supporting roles. The actor has entertained the masses. With superhits like 'Idiot' and '
Vikramarkudu' the actor is now receiving Rs 10 crores for his future ventures. This makes him come to the seventh position in highest paid actor list.
Introduced by his father Senior NTR to Tollywood, Nandamuri Balakrishna started his journey as a child artist.He is more popular for his powerful dialogues in films. The senior actor is a great competition to the new generation actors and is having a huge fan following. Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer ‘
Boyapati Srinu’s ‘
Legend’ was a super hit. He charged Rs 8 crores for the movie '
Dictator' which could not impress the audience. Nandamuri Balakrishna was offered Rs 10 crores for the movie
Gautamiputra Satakarni. He refused the amount and asked for Rs 8 crores for his work in this movie. This made him to gain eighth position in the highest paid actor list in Telugu film industry.
Hailing from a filmy background, Nagarjuna has established himself as a superstar. A father of two young heroes of Tollywood,
Naga Chaitanya and Akkineni Akhil, the actor in his late fifties is a tough competition to the young ones. Akkineni Nagarjuna has received Rs 7 crores for his back to back super hits
Soggade Chinni Nayana, and ‘
Oopiri’. He has charged Rs 7.5 crore for his upcoming venture '
K Raghavendra Rao's directed “
Om Namo Venkatesaya”. With this remuneration, the actor is in the ninth position in the list.
Venkatesh, one of the decent actors has delivered many family oriented movies. He has being entertaining all types of audience and has a huge fan following especially females. Venkatesh received a hit in the form of “
Babu Bangaram”, for which he has received Rs 7 to 8 crores. For the time being, he is busy with the filming of upcoming remake film ‘
Guru’ which is directed by
Sudha Kongara Prasad. The actor is on the tenth position in the highest paid actors list.