Top 10 Highest Paid Malayalam Actresses in 2023 with their Per Movie Salaries

Acting is a job that looks good and pays well. The grace and poise of the leading ladies in Malayalam movies add to this beauty. They are the reigning queens of Mollywood, and their fans love them. They are just as good as the male protagonists with their mesmerizing smiles, charming body language, and blazing performances. No wonder, as each movie makes them a lot of money. Here is a list of the highest paid Malayalam actresses in the business.

Manju Warrier: Rs 50 lakhs to 1 crore for each movie

Manju Warrier is back after a lengthy break. She is known as one of the most gifted and diverse actors in Malayalam films. Having acted in several movies and also working as a brand ambassador for many companies, she is one of the highest-paid actresses in Mollywood. Sources say that she gets between 50 and 75 lakhs for a movie and 1 crore for endorsing a brand.

Manju Warrier

2022 Lalitham Sundaram
Meri Awas Suno
Jack N’ Jill
2023 Thunivu
Vellari Pattanam dagger
TBA Kayattam dagger
Amriki Pandit dagger

Nayantara: Rs 2cr to 10cr per movie

With beauty and grace, Nayantara managed to endear herself to the Kerala audience just like she did the Tamil and Telugu audiences too. A highly-paid actress in Kollywood, she is nowhere behind when charging for working in Malayalam movies too. She wants between Rs. 35 lakhs and Rs. 50 lakhs to be in a Malayalam movie.


Movie  Year
Puthiya Niyamam 2016
Paattu 2023 P
Gold 2022
Nizhal 2021
Vismayathumbathu 2004
Twenty 20 2008
Raappakal 2005
Thaskaraveeran 2005
Manassinakkare 2003
Naattu Raajavu 2004
Elektra 2010

Amala Paul: Rs 40lakhs to 1cr per movie

Having made a very inconspicuous entry into Mollywood, she soon took to reigning the hearts of Malayalis with her girl-next-door images in some movies and glamorous roles in others. With an ability to carry all kinds of roles with √©lan, Amala Paul is one of Mollywood’s most sought after actresses and charges Rs. 30 lakhs per movie.


Shajahaanum Pareekkuttiyum 2016
Achaayans 2017
Puliyattam 2017 D
Cadaver 2022 D
The Teacher 2022
Aadujeevitham 2023 P
Dvija 2023 P

Parvathy Thiruvothu: Rs 35 lakhs to 1cr per movie

Parvathy is a south Indian actress who was trained as a Bharatanatyam dancer. She has been in several Malayalam movies, including Take Off, Charlie, Koode, Bangalore Days, Ennu Ninte Moideen, and Notebook. Parvathy has received accolades for her role as Sameera in the acclaimed movie Take Off, including the Special Jury Award for Best Female Actor at the International Film Festival of India, making her the first-ever Indian actor to receive the award. She also received Kerela State Film Award for Best Actress, Filmfare Award for Best Actress- Malayalam, and Special Jury Mention at the National Film Awards.


Year Film Names
2022 Puzhu
2022 Her
2022 Ullozhukku 2022
2022 Wonder Women
2021 Varthamanam
2021 Aanum Pennum
2021 Aarkkariyam
2021 Navarasa
2020 Halal Love Story
2019 Uyare
2019 Virus

Mamta Mohandas: Rs 25-50 lakhs per movie

This multi-talented beauty is known for her glamorous and performance-oriented roles. She has even displayed her flair for comedy in a few films. She is believed to charge Rs. 18 to 25 lakhs per film.


2021 Bhramam Malayalam
Enemy Tamil
Lalbagh Malayalam
Meow Malayalam
2022 Jana Gana Mana Malayalam
2023 Maheshum Marutiyum Malayalam
Unlock Not yet released Malayalam Post Production
Oomai Vizhigal Not yet released Tamil Post Production
Rudrangi Not yet released Telugu Post Production
Live Not yet released Malayalam Post Production

Aishwarya Lekshmi: Rs 35-50 lakhs per movie

Aishwarya Lekshmi began acting in 2017 and is quite famous in the industry with her recent roles. It led to her acting debut in the Malayalam movie Njandukalude Naattil Oridavela (2017) in 2017. Her movie debut won her four awards, including the 65th Filmfare Awards South for Best Debut (Female). Her next movie, Mayaanadhi (2017), was a major success.


It earned her a lot of appreciation, along with another set of awards, which included the Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for the Second-Best Actress. Lekshmi’s next two releases, Varathan (2018) and Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019), further proved her mettle as an actress.

2022 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa Tamil
Archana 31 Not Out Malayalam
Godse Telugu
Gargi Tamil Also producer
Captain Tamil
Ponniyin Selvan: I Tamil
Ammu Telugu
Kumari Malayalam
Gatta Kusthi Tamil
2023 Christopher Malayalam
Ponniyin Selvan: II Not yet released Tamil Releasing on April 28
King of Kotha Not yet released Malayalam Filming

Kalyani Priyadarshan: Rs 25-50 lakhs per movie

Kalyani Priyadarshan is an Indian actress known for her roles in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu films. She is the daughter of renowned director Priyadarshan and actress Lizy and has a younger brother. She has also been a part of several other successful films over the years, including the Telugu film Chitralahari (2019), along with actors Sai Dharam Tej and Nivetha Pethuraj. She then made her debut in Malayalam films with Varane Avashyamund (2020) and won the SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut – Malayalam for her role.


2022 Hridayam
Bro Daddy
TBA Sesham Mikeil Fathima Not yet released Filming

Samyuktha Menon: Rs 25-50 lakhs per movie

Samyuktha Menon is an Indian actress appearing in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 2015 with the Malayalam film Popcorn. She was famous for her role in the 2018 film Theevandi Samyuktha first performed in the world of cinema in 2016, with the Mollywood comedy Popcorn.


Though the film was unsuccessful in making a major effect at the box office, Samyuktha’s confident performance, despite being a debutante, was well-received. Prominent among the actress’ most latest works is the comedy film Theevandi (2018), where she starred alongside Tovino Thomas, Lilli (2018), and Ezhumin (2018). His 2019 releases include July Kaatril, directed by K.C. Sundaram and Oru Yamandan Prema Kadha.

2022 Bheemla Nayak Telugu
Kaduva Malayalam
Bimbisara Telugu
Gaalipata 2 Kannada
2023 Vaathi Tamil
Sir Telugu
Boomerang Malayalam

Nikhila Vimal: Rs 25-35 lakhs per movie

Nikhila Vimal was born on March 9, 1994, in Taliparamba, Kannur district, Kerala, India. She is an actress and producer known for Aravindante Athidhikal (2018), The Priest (2021), and Bruce Lee. Rajisha Vijayan 30lakhs per movie Rajisha Vijayan was born on July 15, 1991, in Perambra, Kozhikode, Kerala, India. She is an actress, known for Jai Bhim (2021), Karnan (2021), and Anuraga Karikkin Vellam (2016).


2022 Bro Daddy Malayalam Disney+ Hotstar film, Cameo Appearance
Ranga Tamil
Jo & Jo Malayalam
Kotthu Malayalam
2023 Thaaram Not yet released Malayalam Filming
Ayalvaashi Not yet released Malayalam
Untitled Mari Selvaraj Film Not yet released Tamil Announced

Aparna Balamurali: Rs 20-30 lakhs per movie

Aparna Balamurali was born on September 11, 1995, in Thrissur, Kerala, India. She is an actress known for Soorarai Pottru (2020), Sarvopari Palakkaran (2017), and Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016).

2022 Veetla Vishesham
Sundari Gardens Malayalam
Ini Utharam Malayalam
Nitham Oru Vaanam Tamil
Kaapa Malayalam
2023 Thankam Malayalam
Dhoomam Not yet released Malayalam
Ula Not yet released Malayalam Filming
Padmini Not yet released Malayalam Filming
Mindiyum Paranjum Not yet released Malayalam Filming
2018 Not yet released Malayalam Filming
Rudhiram Not yet released Malayalam Filming

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