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Top 10 highest-paid actors on Indian television

Kapil Sharma, Hina Khan & Ronit Roy
Kapil Sharma, Hina Khan & Ronit Roy

There is no denying the fact that every actor who lands in Mumbai wants to make it big on silver screen because movies make your name etched in people’s memory forever. Having said that, the small screen offers ample opportunities as well as big money too. There is a long list of actors who have built fortunes of legendary proportions by working on TV. Here is the list of top 10 highest-paid actors on Indian television.

Kapil Sharma


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Kapil Sharma is one of the finest stand-up comedians the world has ever seen. Coming from nothing, he began his career by participating in the reality stand-up-comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He also won several seasons of Sony Entertainment Television’s Comedy Circus before landing his own show The Comedy Nights with Kapil on Colors. Currently, he is busy hosting The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony TV and takes home a fat paycheque of ₹ 60 to 80 lakhs.

Sunil Grover


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Sunil Grover is yet another successful comedian the Indian television has ever produced. He collaborated with Kapil Sharma on his maiden show Comedy Nights with Kapil and spring-boarded to fame by playing the character of Gutthi on the show. He joined forces with Kapil Sharma again for The Kapil Sharma Show. Currently busy doing films, Sunil Grover reportedly charges ₹ 10 to 12 lakh per day.

Hina Khan


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Hina Khan shot to fame after playing the lead character of Akshara Singhania in Star Plus’ long-running show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The show did not only make her a household name across the country, but also one of the highest-paid actresses on Indian television. She would charge anywhere between 80,000 to 1,00,000. We hear that post her stint on a controversial reality show, her renumeration shot up to a whopping ₹ 2 lakh per episode. Last seen in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, the actress is presently busy doing films.

Mishal Raheja


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Mishal Raheja is known for such successful shows as Ishq ka Rang Safed and Laagi Tujhse Lagan. The incredibly shy actor always remains in demand and is one of the highest-paid television actors. As per reports, his fee per episode ranges from ₹ 1.5 to 1.6 lakh per episode.

Ronit Roy


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Rohit Roy is one of the few actors who made a crossover to television from films. He is often regarded as Mr Bachchan of the small screen. Ekta Kapoor’s hit shows Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kasautii Zindagii Kay changed his fortune forever and established him as one of the most formidable actors in the Indian television space. Roy charges ₹ 1.25 lakh per day.

Ram Kapoor


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Just like Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor too needs no introduction. He is known for delivering sterling performances in such Ekta Kapoor’s shows as Kasamh Se and Bade Acche Lagte Hain. He takes home ₹ 1.25 to ₹ 1.50 per day. Apart from television, he keeps appearing in films and digital shows every now and then.

Karan Patel


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Karan Patel is a Balaji Telefilms regular. Ever since starting his acting career, he has mostly worked with Ekta Kapoor’s production house. The actor debuted on the small screen with Kapoor’s long-running show Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki. However, it is her yet another offering Yeh Hai Mohabbatein which brought him immense appreciation and truckloads of awards. Karan Patel takes home a paycheque of ₹ 1 to 1.25 lakh per day.

Divyanka Tripathi


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She has been ruling the Indian television space for quite a long time now. Divyanka Tripathi tasted huge success with the ZEE TV show Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, and later starred in Ekta Kapoor’s Yeh Hai Mohabbatein which airs on Star Plus. Reportedly, the actress is paid ₹ 1-1.5 lakh per episode. In 2018, Divyanka was ranked 94 in Forbes’ Highest Earning Indian Celebs, with a whopping earning of ₹ 7.80 crores.

Sakshi Tanwar


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Sakshi Tanwar is one of the most popular faces on Indian television. She has done several shows in her two-decade-long career. However, it was Ekta Kapoor’s Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki which established her as one of the most popular television actresses of all times. Tanwar charges ₹ 1.25 lakh per episode.

Mohit Raina


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Whenever someone mentions the name of television hunk Mohit Raina, the first image that pops up in everybody’s mind is of his Shiva avatar which he donned in Triangle Films’ immensely popular mythological show Devon Ka Dev, Mahadev. The show catapulted him to superstardom on Indian television. The actor is currently busy exploring films and web-shows and charges a decent sum of ₹ 1 lakh per day.