The superstar of Malayalam cinema, Mohanlal, is the highest-paid actor of the industry. He is a brand in himself. Mohanlal has reportedly signed a biopic, Nair-San, for an allegedly whopping
sum of Rs 4 crore. Even otherwise, Mohanlal charges Rs 2.25 to Rs 3 crore per film. However, for the recently released Tamil film, Jilla, Mohanlal reportedly didn’t charge anything. Apparently, he had instead secured the distribution rights of the film in Kerala for Rs 4 to Rs 4.5 crore.
[Disclaimer: All the facts and figures have been sourced from TopMovieRankings.com]
Megastar Mammootty is reportedly the second highest-paid actor in the Malayalam film industry. He gets Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 crore per film. Mamootty is apparently lagging behind Mohanlal when it comes to their remuneration. This is perhaps due to the fact that he has been choosy about his projects. Rumour has it that Mammootty had reportedly charged Rs 3 crore for Aashiq Abu’s flick, Gangster.
Character actor, Dileep, is the next highest-paid actor in Malayalam cinema. Apparently, Dileep was paid Rs 2.25 crore for the film, Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal. But for every film, Dileep apparently receives Rs 1.7 to Rs 2.5 crore.
Handsome hunk, Prithviraj, has established himself as the big superstar of M-town. He has ventured into other film industries as well, and has also been a part of some Bollywood films. Prithviraj reportedly charges Rs 1.3 crore to Rs 1.6 crore per Malayalam film. It is rumoured that his remuneration is all set to increase as the actor is delivering back-to-back hits. The actor has also recently started distributing and producing under his banner, August Cinemas.
After making his comeback in Malayalam cinema, Niram star, Kunchako Boban has proved himself to be a bankable actor. His remuneration is speculated to be around Rs 90 lakh to Rs 1 crore per film. His last few films such as How Old Are You and Cousins,garnered much appreciation and have secured his position in the industry.
The new heartthrob of Malayalam cinema, Fahadh Fazil, has proved his worth. He has a dedicated fan base thanks to his choice of off-beat films. Fahadh’s current remuneration is rumoured to be Rs 70 to Rs 80 lakh.
Youth icon, Dulquer Salmaan, reportedly charges Rs 65 to Rs 70 lakh per film. He is a star kid and highly popular in the Malayalam film industry. Salmaan is often touted as the next superstar of the industry.
The handsome actor, Jayaram, was one of the most highly bankable actors in the ’90s. But in the recent years, his remuneration has gone down drastically because of the reported lack of projects. He is currently paid Rs 50 to Rs 60 lakh per film.
After the success of Punyalan Agarbathis, Jayasurya is reportedly being paid Rs 50 lakh. The actor proved his versatility with hit films like Classmates, Chocolate Iyobinte Pusthakam and Apothecary.
Premam star, Nivin Pauly, is reportedly getting paid Rs 45 to Rs 50 lakh. Films likeBangalore Days, Om Shanthi Oshana and Premam made him a favourite with Malayalam cinema lovers.[Disclaimer: All the facts and figures have been sourced from TopMovieRankings.com]