India’s film industry might be the largest in the world. But who says the country’s television is lagging behind? It is fast growing and might just surpass Bollywood in no time. No wonder all our film celebs do not mind making their television debuts. Sometimes it is due to the content that clicks better with the audience than films, at others it is due to the remuneration. With the biggest Bollywood banners like Balaji, Rajshri and Vishesh Films not minding investing in television, the entire budget and production cost is growing with each new television show. So much so, that the makers are ready to sign TV actors for an enormous amount of money too.
Here is a list of the highest paid television actors, who walked home with the most moolah in 2016.
1. Kapil Sharma – Rs 60-80 lakh per episode
Kapil Sharma has been on top of this list for a while now. But what we saw this year can give anyone a run for their money, quite literally. According to reports, Kapil is getting a whopping Rs. 110 crore for his renewed year-long stint with Sony. Considering his show The Kapil Sharma Show is the top TRP generator not just on the channel, but on the Indian television currently, the comedian easily pockets Rs 60-80 lakh per episode.
2. Sunil Grover – Rs 10-12 lakh per episode
Kapil’s aide and close friend Sunil Grover stands second on the list. It won’t be wrong to give credit to Sunil and his iconic comic acts for making Kapil’s comedy shows a grand success. Sunil takes home anything between Rs 10-12 lakh. Sunil who has done small appearances in films and has made a better name for himself on television, mainly as Gutthi and Dr. Mashoor Gulati. He totally deserves it.
3. Mishal Raheja – Rs 1.6 lakh per episode
Mishal Rahega surprisingly stands on the third spot. In the mid of 2016, there were reports that the actor, who was the face of Ishq Ka Rang Safed, and had also played Datta Bhau in Laagi Tujhse Lagan, conveniently asked for an exorbitant hike which the production house of Ishq Ka Rang Safed agreed to. When asked, all Mishal said was, “I believe I deserve the amount I have quoted for a seven-day telecast.”
Here are two actors who comfortably keep switching between Bollywood and television. Both of them are said to be two of Ekta Kapoor’s favourite actors. Ronit and Ram are choosy about picking roles, but when they do, they charge Rs. 1.25 lakh per episode. Also, both of them have a policy that allows them to work for only 15 days a month.
Both Hina and Karan are one of the most popular faces on television. While Karan takes home this amount for his show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, Hina took the same money for her show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. Now that she has quit, we wonder whether she will hike her fees for her next show, rumoured to be Colors’ Chandrakanta.
While one is a favourite of the public, other is so shy that he doesn’t even have an account on social media. But both of them rule the small screen with their respective shows. Divyanka charges Rs 1 lakh for Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, while Mohit took the same amount for Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, which was telecast till October 2016. We are awaiting Mohit’s next announcement and his remuneration. Speaking about Drashti, she hiked her fees after winning celebrity dance show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in 2013. She now gets around Rs 1 lakh for her new show Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil.
7. Devoleena Bhattacharjee – Rs 90,000 per episode
The ideal Gopi bahu of television, who stars in Saath Nibhana Saathiya, gets a jaw-dropping Rs 90000 for shedding tears in almost every episode of the show.
8. Sakshi Tanwar – Rs 80,000 approx per episode
She was Ekta Kapoor’s protegee and still remains one of the most favoured actresses for Balaji. She was last seen in the second season of 24 this year and demanded Rs. 80,000 approx per episode for television. Now that she played Aamir Khan’s wife in Dangal, we wonder if her fees will increase.
9. Shabbir Ahluwalia – Rs 75,000 per episode
For playing a rockstar in one of the top ranking shows on Indian television, Kumkum Bhagya, Shabbir apparently earns Rs 75000 per episode.
One plays the protagonist, the other an antagonist, but both deserve what they get. Sriti Jha, the lead of Kumkum Bhagya is also the face of the show. While Anita is the face of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, but on the grey side. The two charge approx Rs 60,000 per episode.