From Kapil Sharma to Divyanka Tripathi, here’s what TV’s top stars earn

TV producers pay the top TV actors well to keep them happy and ensure sky-high TRPs for their shows.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 1, 2016 6:43:36 pm
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Indian television industry is past being termed the small screen. With gigantic sets, shooting at outdoor locations, ear-soothing songs, couture costumes and the remuneration of the actors, it is competing with Bollywood in all aspects. Gone are the days when television actors were looked down upon as less talented artists. The actors of the telly world are catching up with their Bollywood peers when it comes to their earnings.

Moreover, the audience connects more with the telly actors as they come to their drawing rooms every day through their television screens. So, you may despise the never ending daily soaps, but there still exist the loyal audience who love to watch their favourite shows despite their repetitive plots and practically impossible track. And, it is this loyal audience that forces the producers to keep the top TV actors happy to ensure sky-high TRPs for their shows.

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We have compiled a list of some of the top TV actors and their per episode fees. Prepare to get shocked.

1. Kapil Sharma

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We cannot help but keep the ace comedian Kapil Sharma on top of this list as we still can’t believe what he earns for making the audience laugh with his spot-on comic timings and witty antics. The captain of the ship called The Kapil Sharma Show earns a whopping Rs 60-80 lakh per episode. Apart from being a household name, Kapil has been minting money all this while and now we know where does the infamous Rs 15 crore tax payment come from.

2. Sunil Grover

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Next on the list is former Guthi, now Doctor Mashoor Gulati and Rinku bhabhi of The Kapil Sharma Show. His character might be laughed upon by the Indian audience because of Kapil’s hilarious comments on his looks, but who would mind that if you pocket Rs 10-12 lakh per episode? Sunil Grover might not have earned so much from his Bollywood projects that he has earned by playing female characters on Kapil’s show.

3. Divyanka Tripathi

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Divyanka Tripathi aka Ishita Bhalla of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein pools in no less than Rs 1 lakh per episode for the highly watched show. What less can you expect when Ekta Kapoor is the producer of the show. Given the fact that the show is a daily which is telecast seven days a week, do the math.

4. Sriti Jha

The lead actor of the popular TV show, Kumkum Bhagya has been garnering applause for her character, Pragya, from the first episode of the show, which was aired back in 2014. She reportedly earns Rs 50,000-60,000 for one episode of the show. Now, we know why don’t she mind acting in the show despite the entire plot being repeated ad infinitum.

5. Karan Patel

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We don’t know how much money he made as the anchor of Gumrah but Karan Patel has made it to the list of TV’s top paid actors after playing the role of Raman Bhalla in Ekta Kapoor’s Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. The angry young man of Indian telly world allegedly demands Rs 1 lakh-1.25 lakh for one episode of the show.

6. Shabbir Ahluwalia

Shabbir Ahluwalia is a rockstar in one of the top ranking shows on Indian television. Zee TV’s daily soap, Kumkum Bhagya in which he plays rockstar Abhishek Mehra, has brought him fame and money both. And he apparently earns Rs 75000 per episode.

7. Devoleena Bhattacharjee


The ideal bahu of Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Gopi Bahu played by Devoleena Bhattacharjee gets a jaw-dropping Rs 90000 for shedding tears in almost every episode of the show.

8. Drashti Dhami

Winner of the celebrity dance show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Dharshti earlier earned Rs 60,000 per episode for her show Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani. And now it is believed that the actor is getting Rs 75000 to 1 lakh for her recently launched show Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil.

9. Anita Hassanandani

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Anita aka Shagun a negative role in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein earns Rs 50000 per episode.

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