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Small screen, fat pay cheques

tv Updated: Aug 04, 2013 19:21 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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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.

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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



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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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