Top 16 Best Paid Malayalam Actors in 2023 with their Salaries for Each Movie!

Nobody needs to be told about Malayalam movies. Recently, many films from this industry have made a lot of money. Malayalam movies have fans all around the world, even among people who don’t speak the language, whether they watch them online or in a theater. The actors who play prominent roles in movies are a big part of why they work.

At first, only Mammootty and Mohanlal were well-known to people who didn’t speak Malayali. But good narratives in Malayalam movies have brought actors like Tovino Thomas, Jayasurya, Kunchako Boban, and others to the forefront. Here is a list of the top 16 best paid Malayalam actors in 2023.

Mohanlal: Rs. 8 crore – Rs. 20 crores per movie

He started out as a traditional bad guy, but now he is a well-known Malayalam actor in Kerala. Without question, Mohanlal is one of the best actors India has ever made. His list of movies is vast, his humorous roles are unmatched, and his unique way of speaking comes naturally. Few actors are able to play both serious and funny roles with the same ease. He has won the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, which are the highest civilian honors in the country. He has also won five National Film Awards and many other awards, including Best Actor twice for Bharatham (1991) and Vanaprastham (1999).

Top 16 best paid malayalam actors

You can find some of the latest movies of Mohanlal from the list below:

2022 Bro Daddy
12th Man
2023 Alone
Olavum Theeravum Completed
Ram: Part 1  Post-Production
Malaikottai Vaaliban Filming
Barroz: Guardian of D’Gama’s Treasure Post-Production

Mammootty: Rs. 4 crores and Rs. 15 crore per movie

Mammootty, who is also known as Mammukka, got his first role in Anubhavangal Paalichakal as a young artist (extra) while he was still in college. Like Mohanlal, he became well-known and then went on to act in more than 350 movies. This three-time National Award winner has a list of super blockbuster films to his credit, such as Peranbu, Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, Aa Rathri, Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, Adiyozhukkukal, Aavanazhi, Mahanayam, Dhruvam, Vatsalyam, The King, and Paleri Manikyam.


You can find some of the latest movies of Mammootty from the list below:

2021 The Priest
2022 Bheeshma Parvam
CBI 5: The Brain
Priyan Ottathilanu Guest appearance
Rorschach Also producer
2023 Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam Also producer
Kaathal: The Core  Post-production; Also producer
Kannur Squad  Filming
Kadugannawa Oru Yatra Completed

Dulquer Salmaan: 3 to 8 crore rupees per movie

Dulquer Salmaan, also known as DQ, is the son of Mammootty. He has been in several Malayalam and Tamil movies. In 2018, he made his first Hindi movie, Karwaan, with Mithila Palkar. He has shown how good of an actor he is in many languages by choosing different scripts. Anjali Menon’s movie Bangalore Days, which starred Dulquer Salman and Nivin Pauly, was a huge hit. His most recent movie, Kurup, came out on Netflix and got good reviews.


You can find some of the latest movies of Dulquer Salmaan from the list below:

2021 Kurup Also producer [123]
2022 Hey Sinamika Tamil
Salute Malayalam Also producer
Sita Ramam Telugu
Chup: Revenge of the Artist Hindi
2023 King of Kotha  Malayalam Filming; also producer

Prithviraj Sukumaran: 3 crores to 7 crores for each movie.

Indian actor, playback singer, and producer Prithviraj Sukumaran, who goes by the name Prithviraj, is well known for his work in Malayalam films. He has also been in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu movies. During his academic years, he was in a number of plays, skits, debates, and speech contests. In 2002, he was asked to be in Nandanam by director Ranjith. Prithviraj was in his second year of engineering when he got a lot of offers to work in movies. He decided to take a sabbatical from his studies. Lucifer, Koode, Ezra, City of God, Urumi, Nandanam, The Thriller, Aiyyaa, Driving License, Memories, Entu Ninte Moideen, and Puthiya Mukham are some of his most well-known movies.


You can find some of the latest movies of Prithviraj Sukumaran from the list below:

2021 Cold Case
Star Cameo
2022 Bro Daddy
Jana Gana Mana
2023 Vilayath Buddha Filming
Aadujeevitham  Post-production

Fahadh Faasil: Rs. 3.5 crore and Rs. 6 crore per movie

Fahadh’s first role was in his father Fazil’s movie Kaiyethum Doorath when he was 19 years old. (2002). After his first movie ended badly, he moved to the United States. After a six-year break, he came back with the anthology film Kerala Cafe. (2009). He won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor and Second Best Actor for his work in Artist and North 24 Kaatham. His most important movies include Chaappa Kurishu, Diamond Necklace, 22 Female Kottayam, Amen, Artist, Annayum Rasoolum, North 24 Kaatham, Bangalore Days, and Iyobinte Pusthakam.

Fahadh Faasil

You can find some of the latest movies of Fahadh Faazil from the list below:

2022 Vikram Tamil film
2023 Paachuvum Athbhuthavilakkum  filming
Hanuman Gear Super Good Films production
Maamannan Tamil film; filming
Paattu Alphonse Puthren directorial
2024 Pushpa 2: The Rule  Telugu film; filming
TBA Dhoomam  Hombale Films Production
TBA Production No.1 “Romancham” FameJithu Madhavan directorial; filming

Nivin Pauly: 3 to 6 crore rupees per movie

Nivin Pauly has had a remarkable run for seven years. He is known as a Malayalam film superstar. His childhood heroes were Rajesh Khanna, M.G. Ramachandran, Kamal Haasan, Mammootty, and Mohanlal. He was in a local album Olive in 2003 while still in college. Nivin’s debut movie role was in Malarvadi Arts Club, which Vineeth Srinivasan made. (2010). Because of how he did in his next movies, he was called the most promising young debutant.

Nivin Pauly

Because of the success of movies like Neram, 1983, Om Shanthi Oshana, Bangalore Days, Oru Vadakkan Selfie, Premam, Action Hero Biju, and Jacobinte Swargarajyam at the box office, he soon became the most wanted young superstar in the Malayalam film industry by 2015. Nivin Pauly won the 45th Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 2015 for his roles in Bangalore Days and 1983.

You can find some of the latest movies of Nivin Pauly from the list below:

2021 Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham Disney+ Hotstar film
2022 Mahaveeryar
Saturday Night
2023 Thuramukham
Yezhu Kadal Yezhu Malai Post-production, Tamil film
Thaaram Filming

Dileep Gopalakrishnan: 3cr to 5cr per movie

Dileep is a notable Malayalam film actor who is known for movies like Thilakkam (2003), Sound Thoma (2013), and Kunjikkoonan (2002). He is also a producer. He has done work as a mimic and as a director’s assistant. After Maanatha Kottarathil gave him a big break, he quit his job to act full-time. His brother and right-hand man, Anoop, helped him start his production company, Grand Productions. He often works alongside Joshiy, Lal Jose, Rafi, Mecartin, and filmmakers.


You can find some of the latest movies of Dileep from the list below:

2019 Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel
Jack & Daniel
My Santa
2021 Keshu Ee Veedinte Nadhan Released on Disney+ Hotstar
2022 Thattassery Koottam Cameo appearance
Voice Of Sathyanathan Completed
2023 Bandra Filming

Suresh Gopi: 2cr to 3cr  rupees for each movie.

Suresh Gopi’s first movie role was in Odayil Ninnu, which he did as a young actor. (1965). He became well-known for portraying the “angry officer” in many action movies, but he stopped because he thought it was bad for young people.  “I am Bharathchandran IPS. Just keep it in mind!” – Gopi was a big hit in the movies because of a memorable line of dialogue written by Ranji Panicker for the film Commissioner, directed by Shahi Kailua, and came out in 1994. It solidified his status as one of the most important people in Malayalam movies. People liked his work in The Play of God (1997), Commissioner (1994), and the sequel to Commissioner, Bharathchandran I.P.S. (2005).

Suresh Gopi

You can find some of the latest movies of Suresh Gopi from the list below:

2022 Paappan
Mei Hoom Moosa
2023 JSK Filming
Ottakkomban Pre Production
SG 251 Pre Production
Arun Varma Untitled Pre Production
Highway 2 Pre Production
Haneef Adeni Untitled Announced
Chinthamani Kolacase-2 Announced
Lelam 2 Announced

Tovino Thomas: 1.5cr to 3cr rupees per movie

Tovino’s first movie was Sajeevan Anthikad’s Malayalam film Prabhuvinte Makkal, which came out in 1995. (2012). In movies like ABCD (2013), 7th Day (2014), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), and Charlie (2015), he proved that he was one of the most talented performers. Critics praised him for his role in the 2016 movie Guppy, in which he played a big part. His next two movies, Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017) and Godha (2017) were huge hits at the Mollywood box office. Minnal Murali, his most recent movie on Netflix, was praised by both reviewers and spectators.


You can find some of the latest movies of Tovino Thomas from the list below:

2022 Naaradan
Dear Friend
2023 2018 Filming completed
Neelavelicham Post-production
Ajayante Randam Moshanam Filming

Kunchako Boban: 1.5cr to 3cr per film

Kunchacko Boban is a Malayalam actor and producer better known as Chackochan. He has been in over 90 movies. He is the grandson of Kunchacko, the famous film producer who started Udaya Studios. Fazil introduced him to the Malayalam cinema industry with his first movie, Aniyathipraavu (1997), which also starred Shalini. At the time, this movie made the most money of any Malayalam movie. The Kerala State Film Award is one of his most important awards.


You can find some of the latest movies of Kunchacko Boban from the list below:

2022 Pada
Nna Thaan Case Kodu Also producer
Ottu / Rendagam Bilingual film in Malayalam and Tamil, Tamil Debut
Ariyippu (Declaration) Also producer
2023 Pakalum Paathiravum
Enthada Saji  Post Production
Chaaver 100th Film
2018 Cameo appearance
Padmini Pre-Production
Aaraam Paathiraa Announced
Grrr Announced
Mariyam Tailors Announced

Jayasurya: 1cr and 2cr for each movie.

Jayasurya was born on August 31, 1978, in Kochi, Kerala, India. Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam (2015), Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014), and Njan Marykutty are some movies he has acted in or produced. (2018). Since January 25, 2004, he has been married to Saritha.


You can find some of the latest movies of Jayasurya from the list below:

2021 Vellam
Sunny Direct OTT release, 100th Film
2022 Meri Awas Suno
John Luther
Padma Voice only for Angel statue
Eesho OTT Released
2023 Enthada Saji Shoot Completed

Unni Mukundan: 50 lakhs to 2 crores each film

Unnikrishnan Mukundan Nair is best known in the film world as Unni Mukundan. Vikramadithyan, which came out in 2014, was Mukundan’s next movie. It was a comedy-drama that premiered to good reviews and stayed in theaters for over 100 days. His career as an actor went on with movies like KL 10 Patthu (2015), Samrajyam II: Son of Alexander (2015), Fireman (2015), Style (2016), and Oru Muryam Vanthu Paarthaya (2016).

Unni Mukundan

Achayans, a criminal comedy thriller in 2017, included Mukundan as one of the main characters. (2017). This movie was Mukundan’s first time singing and writing lyrics. In 2020, Mukundan launched Unni Mukundan Films, his movie-making firm. His firm has made films like Meppadiyan (2022) and Shefeekkinte Santhosham. (2022).

You can find some of the latest movies of Unni Mukundan from the list below:

2021 Bhramam
2022 Meppadiyan Also producer
Bro Daddy Cameo
12th Man
Pyali Cameo
Shefeekkinte Santhosham Also producer

Asif Ali: 75 lakhs and 1 crore for every movie.

Asif Ali was born on February 4, 1986, in the Indian city of Thodupuzha, in the Idukki District. He has acted in and produced movies like Kettiyollaanu Ente Maalakha (2019), Amar Akbar Anthony (2015), and Traffic. (2011). Since 2013, he has been married to Zama Mazreen.

Asif Ali

You can find some of the latest movies of Asif Ali from the list below:

2022 Kuttavum Shikshayum
Innale Vare
Rorschach Cameo appearance
2023 Maheshum Marutiyum
2018 Releasing on April 20
A Ranjith Cinema Post Production
Kishkindha Kandam Announced
Kasargold Filming
Adavu Announced

Biju Menon: 75lakhs to 1cr per movie

Biju Menon was born in the Indian state of Kerala on September 9, 1970. He is an actor and producer who is renowned for Ayyappanum Koshiyum (2020), Vellimoonga (2014), and Aarkkariyam. (2021). Since November 21, 2002, he has been married to Samyuktha Varma.

Biju Menon

You can find some of the latest movies of Biju Menon from the list below:

2020 Ayyappanum Koshiyum National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2021 Aarkkariyam Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor
2022 Lalitham Sundaram Disney+ Hotstar film
Oru Thekkan Thallu Case
2023 Thankam
Ottakkomban Post-production
Naalam Mura
Vellimoonga 2 Pre-production

Jayaram: 50lakhs to 1cr per movie

Jayaram was born on 10 December 1964 in Perumbavoor, Kerala, India. He is recognized for his work on Thuppakki (2012), Thooval Kottaram (1996), and Ponniyin Selvan: Part I (2012). (2022). He has a wife named Parvathi.


You can find some of the latest movies of Jayaram from the list below:

2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai Tamil Segment Ilamai Idho Idho
2022 Radhe Shyam Telugu
2022 Ponniyin Selvan: I Tamil
2022 Namo Sanskrit Unreleased
2022 Dhamaka Telugu
2023 Ravanasura Post production
2023 SSMB 28 Filming
2023 Kushi  Filming
2023 RC15  Filming
2023 Ponniyin Selvan: II Tamil Post-production
2023 Ghost Kannada Shooting

Indrajith Sukumaran: 40-50lakhs per movie

On December 17, 1979, Indrajith Sukumaran was born in the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram, in the state of Kerala. He is an actor known for Left Right Left (2013), Ee Adutha Kaalath (2012), and Amen. (2013).

Indrajith Sukumaran

You can find some of the latest movies of Indrajith Sukumaran from the list below:

2020 Halal Love Story Malayalam
2021 Aanum Pennum Malayalam Cameo appearance
2022 Night Drive Malayalam
Pathaam Valavu
2023 Thuramukham Malayalam Special appearance
Anuradha Crime No.59/2019 Completed
Mohandas Tamil completed
Kunjamminis Hospital Malayalam Filming
Ram Filming

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