Here is the list of top 10 highest paid actress of the South Indian Film Industry:
Born as Diana Mariam Kuriyan, Nayanthara converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai and officially adopted her stage name . She is one of the highest paid South Indian actress costing approximately 1 crore per movie.
The beautiful actress made it to the List of 15 Most Desirable Women in 2014 by Kochi Times. Nayanthara is the only actress to have made it to the Forbes India Celebrity 100 2018 list from South India.
2. Trisha Krishnan
Trisha, who made her Bollywood debut with Khatta Meetha in 2014, aspired to be a criminal psychologist initially but as fate turned she became one of the highest paid South Indian actress. She receives approximately ₹ 1 crore per movie.
Trisha has been the Goodwill Ambassador of PETA and works for the goodwill of animals.
3. Rakul Preet Singh
Indian film actress Rakul Preet predominantly works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries. She gets around ₹ 1 crore for working in a single movie.
The gorgeous actress owns a franchise of three functional training gyms named Functional 45. She is currently the brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme appointed by Telangana State Government.
4. Hansika Motwani
South Indian film actress Hansika Motwani earns approx ₹ 1.25 crore for her movie and she the seventh highest paid actress of the south industry. She started her career as a child artist in kids serial Shaka Laka Boom Boom.
At her highest, Motwani became the second actress after Kushboo to be idolized as living human goddess.
5. Taapsee Pannu
The sixth highest paid actress of the South film industry Taapsee predominantly works in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. She was a software professional before she made it to the film industry. Pannu’s fees for each movie is approximately ₹ 1.5 crores.
6. Tamannaah Bhatia
Baahubali: The Conclusion fame actress is the fifth highest paid actress in the South Indian film industry. She earns nearly ₹ 1.7 crores for her every movie. She has acted in nearly 60 films in three different languages. Tamannaah was honored with a doctorate from CIAC, in alliance with KEISIE International University, South Korea for her participation to the Indian cinema.
7. Samantha Akkineni
The recipient of four Filmfare Awards, Samantha is the leading lady of the South Indian film industry. She is the celebrity endorser of several brands and products and also runs her NGO called Pratyusha Support which provides medical support for women and children. One of the highest paid actress Samantha makes around ₹ 2 crores per movie.
8. Shruti Haasan
Actress and singer Shruti Haasan is the elder daughter of actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur. She predominantly works in Tamil cinema and rarely appears in Hindi films. She is the recipient of two Filmfare Awards South and earns approximately ₹ 2.5 crores per movie.
9. Kajal Aggarwal
Kajal is Punjabi by origin but born and brought up in Mumbai. She made her Bollywood debut with a flop film Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… and now she is the second highest paid actress of the South Indian Film Industry. She earns around ₹ 3 crores per movie.
10. Anushka Shetty
Born as Sweety Shetty, Anushka is known by her stage name. The recipient of three Filmfare Awards Anushka gained wide recognition for her performance in Baahubali: The Beginning. She is the highest paid South Indian actress and charges nearly ₹ 4 crores for her each movie.