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Small screen, fat pay cheques

Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 02, 2013
First Published: 11:02 IST(2/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:21 IST(4/8/2013)
While you might be under the impression that TV actors are paid per project, it’s worth knowing that they are paid on a daily basis. Stars on the tube get paid well for their shows.

"These stars have worked hard for years to get where they are. They truly deserve the sums they’re getting,” says Rupali Guha, producer of the show Uttaran. Owing to the ever-increasing popularity of the TV industry, we look at the pay packages of popular names from the small screen.

Ram Kapoor
He is TV’s superstar. After garnering enormous popularity for his ongoing show, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (BALH), Ram has bagged several film projects too. Some shows like Welcome and Sanskaar have also roped in the actor for small appearances to add star value. He is popular in households, owing to the chemistry between him and his co-star Sakshi Tanwar in BALH. Ram is currently ruling the roost on TV. He shoots for an average of 15 days a month for the show.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/Ram Kapoor - Bade.jpg
Pay package: Rs 1.25 lakh per day (Rs 18.75 lakh a month)
USP: Charismatic presence, flamboyance
Claim to fame: Kasamh Se
Current popular show: Bade Achhe Lagte Hain

Ronit Roy
Ever since his appearance as Rishabh Bajaj in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Ronit’s TV career has gone from strength to strength. The actor has been the lead in Adaalat, the courtroom drama series, for over two years now. Ronit has cut down on his TV assignments to focus on roles in films. He will be seen as a villain in Akshay Kumar’s Naam Hai Boss. Ronit shoots for 10 days in a month for his TV show.
Pay package: Rs 1.25 lakh per day (Rs 18.75 lakh a month)
USP: Screen presence and baritone
Claim to fame: Kasautii Zindagii Kay
Current popular show: Adaalat

Shivaji Satam
Better known as ACP Pradyuman from the popular TV series, C.I.D, the actor has been a part of the show since its inception. He shoots for 15 days a month for the crime show.
Pay package: Rs 1 lakh per day (Rs 15 lakh a month)
USP: His talent and mannerisms
Claim to fame: CID
Current popular show: CID

Karan Singh Grover
The actor has a formidable female fan base owing to his popularity as Dr Armaan Mallik in Dill Mill Gayye. Karan is known for his good looks and chiselled body. After a hiatus of two years, he returned to TV with Qubool Hai, where he plays Asad Ahmed Khan. Despite staying away from television for a couple of years, his popularity remained unaffected. He shoots for 25 days a month.
Pay package: Rs 80,000 per day (Rs 20 lakh a month)
USP: Charismatic personality, good looks
Claim to fame: Dill Mill Gayye
Current popular show: Qubool Hai

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Ankita Lokhande
Back in 2009, when Ankita bagged the lead role in the show Pavitra Rishta, her chemistry with co-star Sushant Singh Rajput helped the show attain great popularity. Her looks and acting skills, and her presence on other TV shows like Comedy Circus and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa-4 have elevated her status in the industry, which is why she commands a high fee. Ankita shoots for 25 days a month. 
Pay package: Rs. 70,000 per day (Rs 17.50 lakh a month)
USP: Good looks and a pleasant smile
Claim to fame: Pavitra Rishta
Current popular show: Pavitra Rishta

Sakshi Tanwar
Her role as Parvati in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii gave her the image of an ideal bahu (daughter-in-law). Her current role of Priya in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, alongside Ram Kapoor, has made her one of the most popular names yet again. It’s because of her natural acting skills,Sakshi commands a handsome pay cheque. She shoots for 25 days a month.
Pay package: Rs 70,000 per day (Rs 17.50 lakh a month)
USP: Acting skills and popularity among masses
Claim to fame: Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
Current popular show: Bade Achhe Lagte Hain

Shweta Tiwari http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/10/sakshi-tanvar.jpg
Audiences still remember her as Prerna, owing to the popularity she gained for her role in Kasautii Zindagii Kay. The show formulated a successful career trajectory for Shweta. Her image remained unaffected despite essaying the role of a mom to teenagers in the show Parvarrish — Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi. Shweta shoots for 25 days a month.
Pay package: Rs 60,000—Rs 70,000 per day (Rs 17 lakh a month)
USP: Mass-appeal, acting skills
Claim to fame: Kasautii Zindagii Kay
Current popular show: Parvarrish — Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi

Rashami Desai Sandhu
She rose to fame after playing the negative character, Tapasya, in Uttaran. Known for her looks, Rashami has also been trying hand at comedy and dance reality shows. Having spent five years in the TV industry, Rashami has shown commendable improvement in her acting skills, which is why her pay packet is soaring. She shoots for 15 to 20 days a month for Uttaran.
Pay package: Rs 65,000 per day (Rs 10 lakh a month)
USP: Looks and acting skills
Claim to fame: Uttaran
Current popular show: Uttaran

Tina Dutta
Tina rose to popularity with Uttaran, where she played the role of Ichcha, a self-sacrificing girl, who marries a rich guy. As the show continues to air on TV, her popularity has remained consistent. She shoots 28 days a month.
Pay package: Rs 55,000 per day (Rs 15.40 lakh a month)
USP: Her popularity and talent
Claim to fame: Uttaran
Current popular show: Uttaran

Gaurav Chopra
Owing to his looks, powerful acting and command over language, Gaurav is a favourite with many producers in the industry. In a career spanning 15 years, he has made a noticeable presence in shows like Uttaran. Gaurav shoots for 15 to 20 days a month.
Pay package: Rs 50,000 per day (R7.5 lakh a month) 
USP: His baritone voice, screen presence and acting skills
Claim to fame: Lavanya
Current popular show: Uttaran

Others in the league: (income per day) 

Jennifer Winget: Rs. 45,000

Gautam Rode: Rs. 45,000

Sanaya Irani: Rs. 35,000

Drashti Dhami: Rs. 35,000

Hina Khan: Rs. 35,000

Anas Rashid: Rs. 35,000

Karan V Grover: Rs. 35,000

Vivian Dsena: Rs. 30,000 

Karan Wahi: Rs. 30,000


Sidharth Shukla: Rs. 30,000

Avika Gor: Rs. 25,000

(All figures are approximate and from industry sources)
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