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Malayalam movie actors remuneration list

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Malayalam movie actors remuneration list

Malayalam movie industry is smaller when compared to Bollywood/Kollywood/Tollywood. The industry witnessed it’s first 100 crore movie only recently in Pulimurugan. The business prospects and markets are wider for other language movies when compared to Malayalam films. So naturally the pay for stars there are also on the higher side. In fact, 3-4 Malayalam movies can be produced with the remuneration of a star actor from other industries.

Pulimurugan star Mohanlal is the highest paid actor currently in the industry while Prithviraj is the highest paid among the youngsters. Many commercial blockbusters have released in the past few years and hence there is a obvious hike in the actor’s remunerations also.


Mohanlal is the highest paid actor in the industry with his pay ranging from Rs 4-5 crores. After the blockbuster success of Pulimurugan and Janatha Garage, Mohanlal has increased his salary. The actor was paid 3 crores in 2015. Now, Mohanlal is paid 5 crores from big budget movies and around 8 crores for other language movies. 70% of the total amount has to be paid beforehand itself.


Mammootty’s salary ranges from Rs 2-2.5 crores. The actor could not deliver a big commercial success in the past few years apart from Bhaskar The Rascal. Mammootty has some huge projects in his kitty for this year. His remuneration is expected to go up once he gives a 50 crore movie.


Dileep also earns Rs 2-2.5 crores from a movie apart from owning the distribution rights for overseas and central Kerala region.


Prithviraj Sukumaran is the highest paid actor among the younger generation. He earns Rs 1.5-2 crores for a movie. The pay depends on the budget and his call sheet. For movies like Karnan, he is paid higher amounts. Same is the case for other language movies.

Nivin Pauly

Nivin Pauly rose to stardom after the stupendous success of Premam. The actor who was quoting 50 lakhs before Premam is now earning 1 crore per movie. He is also paid double the amount for Tamil movies after expanding his market in Tamil Nadu with the sensational Premam.

Dulquer Salmaan

Dulquer increased his pay last year to 75 lakhs. The actor has shown his crowd pulling ability with Kali and Charlie, both the movies set records for highest initial day collections.

Biju Menon – 75 lakhs
Fahadh Faasil – 65-75 lakhs
Suresh Gopi – 70 lakhs
Jayasurya – 60l lakhs
Kunchacko Boban – 60 lakhs
Jayaram – 50 lakhs
Asif Ali -35 lakhs
Tovino Thomas – 30 lakhs
Unni Mukundan – 30 lakhs

Among the actress, lady superstar Nayanthara is the most paid. She earns around one crore per movie.

Manju Warrier- 65-70 lakhs
Honey Rose – 8 lakhs
Kavya Madhavan- 8 lakhs
Namitha Pramod – 10 lakhs

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