Rupali Ganguly, Dilip Joshi and more


Indian television is a dynamic and versatile industry, where there’s something for everyone. From reality shows to TV soaps, game shows and more, there is just no dearth of content. At the crux of it are the actors who bring stories to life and become a part of a regular day in every Indian household. As the industry continues to evolve and bring more shows each day, so does the remuneration of its esteemed actors. Here are the highest-paid TV actors in India whose fees might give even some Bollywood stars a run for their money.

The television industry in India has witnessed a remarkable transformation over the years, moving from humble beginnings to a multi-billion dollar industry today. With the advent of streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more, the scope and scale of storytelling have also grown exponentially, thus creating more work opportunities for actors and eventually more money. You will be shocked when you find out the wealth of some of the highest-paid TV actors in India today. Let’s delve deeper.

Meet the highest-paid TV actors in India

Dilip Joshi

Everyone knows him as Jethalal from Sony SAB’s iconic sitcom, Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah (TMKOC), but Dilip Joshi has been on the Indian television circuit for decades now. Does anyone remember him from Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!? That was 1994. Today, he has a fan following like nobody else and is one of the highest-paid TV actors in India. Reportedly, he charges INR 1.5 lakh per episode of TMKOC.

Kapil Sharma

When it comes to television comedy, there is no one like Kapil Sharma. The comedy genius was the host of Sony TV’s The Kapil Sharma Show for many years before taking his show to Netflix with The Great Indian Kapil Show. According to ABP Live, he is charging INR 26 crore for 5 episodes of the show, which makes it more than INR 5 crore per episode. Reports also suggest that he has a net worth of over INR 300 crore. That’s the wealth of a hardworking self-made man.

Rupali Ganguly

Everyone’s favourite Anupamaa, Rupali Ganguly has been on the Indian television circuit for decades now. We all remember her and adore her as Monisha from Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, but the success of Star Plus’s Anupamaa has put her in a different league altogether. The show has consistently been #1 ever since it aired in 2020. According to reports, Rupali Ganguly takes home a paycheck of INR 3 lakh per episode and has a net worth of INR 20 crore.

Tejasswi Prakash

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Tejasswi Prakash’s world opened up after she lifted the trophy of Bigg Boss 15 after 17 gruelling weeks inside the house. She is also popularly remembered as Ragini from the show Swaragini – Jodein Rishton Ke Sur. After her Bigg Boss win, she was offered a triple role in Ekta Kapoor’s blockbuster show Naagin, for which she charged INR 2 lakh per episode, according to several reports.

Gaurav Khanna

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You all know him from the hit show Anupamaa, but every kid growing up in the 90s and 2000s remembers him from shows like Bhabhi, Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan, Meri Doli Tere Angana, and more. Currently, he charges about INR 1.5 lakh for each episode of Anupamaa.

Shraddha Arya

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Loved for her role as Dr Preeta Arora in Zee TV’s Kundali Bhagya, Shraddha Arya has been the face of many brands as well. She played the daughter in Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Nishabd which had caused quite a stir back in 2007 for its unusual theme. She is also known for TV shows like Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki, Tumhari Paakhi and Dream Girl. According to reports, Arya gets paid between INR 1-1.5 lakh per episode for her role in Ekta Kapoor’s Kundali Bhagya, making her one of the highest-paid TV actors in India.

Hina Khan

She made a mark on Indian television as Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, but since then every show she has appeared on has been a huge success. Naagin 5, Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, and even Bigg Boss 11 where she emerged as the runner-up. With a net worth of INR 52 crore, she reportedly charges INR 2 lakh per episode for a show.

Jennifer Winget

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Television’s favourite girl, Jennifer Winget was first seen as a child artist in several films like Akele Hum Akele Tum, Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gaya, and Kuch Na Kaho, and the hit TV show Shaka Laka Boom Boom. Later she came on Dill Mill Gayye opposite Karan Singh Grover. But the biggest role of her career was Maya in Beyhadh and Beyhadh 2. For the latter, she reportedly earned INR 1.5 lakh for each episode.

Hero Image: Courtesy Jennifer Winget and Tejasswi Prakash/Instagram, Featured Image: Rupali Ganguly/Instagram

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