The Telugu film industry is one of the biggest industries in India, it has slowly become of one the highest earning industries, hundreds of films are made every year and in fact In the years 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2014 the industry has produced the largest number of films in India, exceeding the number of films produced in Bollywood. The industry holds the Guinness World Record for the largest film production facility in the world, Ramoji Film City. Tollywood stars are some of the most popular people on the planet, and their earnings are mind blowing too, we have decided to make a list of some of the highest earning Telugu Actors.
Here is the List of Top Tollywood Heros by Remuneration
Nagarjuna – Rs 7.5 Crore
One of the top stars in the telugu industry, who has been active for over 30 years, By looking at him, no can say that he is 60 years old. Tollywood has many actors but no one could match his look. He has earned the title of Greekveerudu for his looks. He does a number of endorsements and TV shows and right now he charges over Rs 7 crores for each film.
Venkatesh – Rs 8 Crore
Venkatesh is one of the most popular telugu stars, he has been entertaining all types of audiences for over 30 years and is loved by everyone. Venkatesh is charging Rs 7 to 8 crores for every film has had some of his career best performances in recent films like F2 and it has once again assured his popularity among the Telugu movie audiences..
Balakrishna – Rs 9 Crore
Balakrishna is one of the senior most actors in the industry, yet he is still competing with the present actors and giving them a run for their money, he has a huge following in Rayalaseema states he has done over 100 films and has delivered many blockbusters in his career, He has a tremendous fanbase and his movies do well even in overseas and he is a huge star all over the world, he charges Rs 9 crores for a single movie, giving him the spot of number 8 in our list.
Vijay Deverakonda – Rs 10 Crore
Vijay Deverakonda has quickly taken the telugu cinema industry by storm, he is the youngest most popular actor of our generation and his career been on an upward spiral with back-to-back big hits, this young star has certainly cemented his place in the industry and has a very bright future in store for him. He started his career with the film Pelli Choopulu movie which was a commercial blockbuster and ever since then, he has not looked back, he enjoys a huge following among youth. Now Vijay Deverakonda is charging Rs 10 Crore for each film. This is all possible because of his crazy fan following by the audience.
Allu Arjun – Rs 14 Crore
Allu Arjun has been delivering a good number of hits with most of his recent films enjoying a good outing in the Telugu speaking regions. Apart from that, his films have a market in entire South India. He started his career as a child artist in Vijetha and as a dancer in Daddy, Arjun made his adult debut in the movie Gangotri, Arjun then appeared in Sukumar’s debut film Arya, His role in Arya was his breakthrough, earning him his first Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award nomination and he won a Special Jury award at the Nandi Awards ceremony, He is the Stylish Icon to all the youth in Tollywood, and is one of the leading actors of the industry. With blockbuster hits like Race Gurram and S/O Satyamurthy, Sarainodu, he has made his mark and is currently charging Rs 13 to 15 crores for each film, apart from that he endorses different brands in Small Screen for which he recieves immense amounts of payment.
Ram Charan – Rs 17 Crore
Ram Charan is e is one of the most popular and influential actors in Tollywood, he is the son of actor Chiranjeevi and Surekha and has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2013. Charan has won several awards, including two Filmfare Awards, two Nandi Awards, two CineMAA Awards, and two Santosham Best Actor Awards. Charan made his acting debut in the successful action film Chirutha (2007). Charan rose to prominence with a starring role opposite Kajal Aggarwal in S.S. Rajamouli’s fantasy action film Magadheera (2009), which is one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time. All of this has helped him in securing the tag of Mega Powerstar Ramcharan has a tremendous success rate among young generation heroes. Currently, he charges Rs 17-18 crores for every film making him one of the highest earning actors of our time.
Jr. NTR – Rs 18 Crore
Jr. NTR is the grandson of Telugu actor N. T. Rama Rao, he started his career In 1996 as a child artist in Ramayanam, which won the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film for that year. His debut as an adult was in 2000 with the film Ninnu Choodalani. In his film career spanning 18 years, Rao has worked in 28 films. He has received two state Nandi Awards, two Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards and four CineMAA Awards. He was ranked 27th in Forbes India Celebrity 100 list in 2012 with an annual income of ₹190 million (US$3.042 Million) and 55th in 2016 with an annual income of ₹360 million, making him one of the most successful actors in the industry, reports say that he charges around 18 – 22 crores per film, giving him the number 4 spot on our list.
Pawan Kalyan – Rs 22 Crore
Pawan kalian is the youngest brother of popular actor Chiranjeevi,, and he made his acting debut in the 1996 Telugu film Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi. In 1998, he starred in Tholi Prema, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu for that year. He became an established star after delivering big hits like Gokulamlo Seetha, Suswagatam, Tholi Prema,Thammudu, Badri, Kushi, Jalsa and Gabbar Singh and has won several awards for his acting, and his films are some of the highest grossing telugu movies of all time, He was listed 26th in 2013, 69th in 2017 and 24th in 2018 respectively in the Forbes India list of top 100 Celebrities . He has a tremendous fan following everywhere not only in Telugu but even in overseas, . He presently charges Rs 22 crores for his movies.
Mahesh Babu – 25 Crore
Mahesh Babu is also known as prince of tollywood he made his cameo as a child artist in Needa (1979), at the age of four, and acted in eight other films as a child artist. He made his debut as a lead actor with Rajakumarudu (1999) and won the State Nandi Award for Best Male Debut. Mahesh had his breakthrough with the supernatural drama Murari (2001), and the action film Okkadu (2003). He went on to act in other commercially successful films such as Arjun (2004), Athadu (2005), Pokiri (2006), which made him a supertar, he then starred in commercial blockbusters like Dookudu (2011), Businessman (2012), some of these films rank among the List of highest-grossing Telugu films. He has won several awards throughoutout his career including eight Nandi Awards, five Filmfare Awards and three CineMAA Awards, Mahesh is regarded as one of the most attractive male celebrities in India and he is one of the most established telugu actors, as per reports, Mahesh babu charges over 25 crores per film, giving him the number 2 spot in our list.
Prabhas – Rs 25+ Crore
Prabhas made his screen debut with the 2002 Telugu action drama film Eeswar. He has garnered the state Nandi Award for Best Actor, for his role in Mirchi. Also kn own as young Rebel Star, prabhas has awed all the audience with his dynamite screen appearance and passionate performances. He has been named Darling of Tollywood. Prabhas has made a name for himself and has established himself as one of the top actors in the industry and now he is the most wanted actor currently in Telugu. The actor was paid Rs 25 crores for both the parts (Baahubali The Beginning, Baahubali The Conclusion) and according to the sources Prabhas is now charging more than 25+ crores per film, after Baahubali, making him the highest paid actor on the list, Prabhas is a well-known figure in the overseas and hass acclaimed International Recognition, and has started making films in neighboring languages like Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam. After Baahubali 2 he becomes one of the Highest Paid Actors in Tollywood. Prabhas is the first south Indian actor to have his wax sculpture at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. His film Bahubali: The Beginning (2015), was the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film to date. Prabhas reprised his role in its sequel, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), which became the first Indian film ever to gross over ₹1,000 crore (US$155 million) in all languages in just ten days, and it is the second highest-grossing Indian film to date.