Kannada cinema, or Sandalwood, has seen tremendous growth over the years. With this growth comes great recognition and financial success for those in the industry. In this article, we will be looking at the highest-paid Kannada actors of 2023. We will explore how they made their way to the top and their salaries today.
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Highest Paid Kannada Actors 2023
In 2023, we can expect some of the biggest names in the Kannada film industry to continue dominating the top spots on this list. Actors like Yash have consistently delivered box-office hits over the years and are expected to remain highly-paid artists in their upcoming projects. Also, stars like Darshan Thoogudeepa and Sudeep Kiccha will likely make it to this list as they have proven themselves as versatile actors.
According to reports, Naveen Kumar Gowda, also known as Rocking Star Yash, is the highest-paid actor in the Kannada film industry, commanding a fee between Rs 30 crore and Rs 85 crore per film, depending on the project. After starring in the 2018 film K.G.F. Chapter 1, he attained widespread recognition. The nature of the film determines Yash’s compensation, and he holds the distinction of having the most prominent Instagram following among Kannada actors. He is the wealthiest and most successful actor in the Kannada film industry at this time. His most recent film, K.G.F. Chapter 2, was released recently.
|1||K.G.F. Chapter 2||All Time Blockbuster||2022|
|2||K.G.F. Chapter 1||Blockbuster||2018|
|3||Santhu Straight Forward||Hit||2016|
|5||Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari||Blockbuster||2014|
2.) Darshan Thoogudeep
Darshan is among the highest-paid actors in the Kannada film industry, earning between 15 and 20 crore rupees per film. In addition to being one of the industry’s wealthiest actors, he is involved in film production and distribution. Darshan, one of the most prominent contemporary Kannada actors founded Thoogudeepa Productions in 2006. Its inaugural production was Jothe Jotheyali, which featured a special appearance by Darshan. Critics praised his performances in Anatharu (2007) and Kranti Veera Sangolli Rayanna (2012); his portrayal of the 19th-century warrior Sangolli Rayanna in the latter film earned him the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.
Sudeep, a well-known actor, screenwriter, playback singer, director, and producer, primarily works in the Kannada film industry. In addition to appearing in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi films, he is paid between 12 and 16 crore rupees per film. Additionally, he has amassed a substantial number of followers on Instagram. He is one of Kannada Cinema’s highest-paid actors and one of the first Kannada actors to be included on Forbes’ list of India’s top 100 celebrities since 2013. He has been honored with numerous accolades, including four Filmfare Awards South.
|4||Dabangg 3 (Hindi)||Semi-Hit||2019|
|5||Sye Raa Narsimah Reddy (Telugu)||Hit||2019|
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4.) Shiva Rajkumar
Shiva Rajkumar (born Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy on 12 July 1962) is an Indian actor, film producer, and television host who works primarily in Kannada cinema. Shiva Rajkumar has a sizable fan base among Kannada audiences and commands a fee of Rs 6 crore per film fee. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has appeared in more than 125 Kannada films. He has been honored with numerous accolades, including four Karnataka State Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards South, and six South Indian International Movie Awards.
Upendra Upendra, also known as Real Star Upendra in the Kannada film industry, is a famous actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is among the highest-paid actors and directors in the Sandalwood industry, commanding between 5 and 6 crore rupees per film.
|2||Mukunda Murari||2016||Super Hit|
|3||Upendra Matte Baa||2017||Average|
|4||I Love You||2019||Hit|
6.) Rakshit Shetty
Rakshit Shetty is a successful actor and producer in the Kannada film industry, earning between 4 and 5 crore rupees per film. He is well-known for his roles in Kirik Party and Ricky and has appeared in numerous other films. His movie, 777 Charlie, was a blockbuster hit in 2022.
|2||Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu||2016||Blockbuster|
|3||kirk party||2016||All Time Blockbuster|
7.) Rishab Shetty
Prashant Shetty, known professionally as Rishab Shetty, is an Indian actor and filmmaker who primarily works in Kannada cinema and gross earnings of Rs. 4 crores. The critically acclaimed and commercially successful film Kantara, which he directed and starred in, has made him famous. He has received numerous honors, including the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film for Sarkari at the 66th National Film Awards.
|1||Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale||Blockbuster||2018|
|3||Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana||N/A||2021|
|4||Harikathe Alla Girikathe||N/A||2022|
8.) Nikhil Gowda
Nikhil Gowda is an Indian actor and politician who has acted in Kannada and Telugu films. He is well-known for his roles in Jaguar, Kurukshetra, and Rider, for which he earns between Rs 2 crore and Rs 4 crore per film.
Ganesh, an Indian actor and television host, is well-known for his contributions to Kannada cinema, including his role in Mungaru Male, one of the industry’s most notable successes. Per film, he receives a fee of Rs 2.8 crores.
|4||Gaalipata 2||2022||Super Hit|
10.) Vijay Duniya
Due to the success of his film ‘Duniya,’ Vijay, who began his career as a junior artist in the Sandalwood industry, is now known as Vijay Duniya. Per film, he commands a fee of approximately Rs 2.6 crores.
|1||Dana Kayonu||2016||Super Hit|
|2||Masti Gudi||2017||Super Hit|
|4||Johnny Johnny Yes Papa||2018||Hit|