There was a time when you had to be in the films to earn a fortune. However, with the increase in the popularity of the TV serials, the leading ladies have started earning a lot as well. They have become as popular as the film stars are if not more. Some of them such as Smriti Irani have gone on to become Union Ministers.
The popularity of the TV stars is such that they have become household names in India today. The reason is that the normal Indian woman identifies herself with the TV actress more than she does with the film actors. They can see their problems come live on the TV screen.
The TV actress is usually the focal point of a TV serial in India. Hence, there are occasions when they earn as much as their male counterparts do. There are TV serials in practically every regional language in India. However, the Hindi serials are the most popular. Hence, the Hindi serial artists are the one who earn more. Here is a list of the top ten highest paid TV actresses in India in 2018.
10. Jennifer Winget: INR 60,000 to INR 65,000 per episode
One of the most beautiful looking TV actress on the scene today, Jennifer Winget is at No. 10 on this list. Popular for her roles in TV soaps such as Saraswatichandra, Jennifer has acted in a couple of films as well. She was a child artiste in her younger days. She has won a couple of awards for her role in the serial, Saraswatichandra. Charging around INR 60,000 to 65,000 per episode, she is one of the most popular actresses as well.
09. Drashti Dhami: INR 65,000 to INR 70,000 per episode
At No. 9, we have Drashti Dhami, one of most homely actresses in the television scene. Famous for the portrayal of women-centric roles in TV serials such as Dil Mil Gaee, Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, and others, Drashti is the typical Gujarati girl. She has won a lot of awards in the Star Parivar Award shows. A very popular name among the Indian housewives as well as their mothers in law, Drashti Dhami charges around INR 65,000 to 70,000 per episode.
08. Surbhi Jyoti: INR 70,000 to INR 75,000 per episode
Belonging to Punjab, she has the typical North Indian looks enabling her to carry off the roles of the North Indian housewife very easily. One of such roles in Qabool Hai brought her a lot of fame. Her roles in some other serials such as Pyar Tune Kya Kiya and others fetched her several awards in the Zee TV Parivaar awards. Believed to charge around INR 70,000 to 75,000, she is fit to occupy the No. 8 slot in this list.
07. Asha Negi: INR 75,000 to INR 80,000 per episode
One of the most beautiful and attractive TV actresses on the scene today, Asha Negi charges around INR 75,000 to INR 80,000 per episode. He is an excellent dancer as well having participated in the dance reality show, Nach Baliye along with her partner Rithvik Dhanjani. She is a fearless woman in real life as well. She entered the semifinals of the Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi. This is one girl with a perfect combination of beauty and fearlessness. Such qualities have made her earn this spot at No. 7 in this list.
06. Nia Sharma: INR 75,000 to INR 80,000 per episode
The No. 6 spot belongs to the sweet-looking ‘Roshni’ in the serial Jamai Raja. A perfect blend of beauty and simplicity, Nia Sharma reportedly earns around INR 75,000 to INR 80,000 per episode. Her real name is Neha Sharma but she has shortened it to Nia for superstitious reasons. Making her initial mark in the serial Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, she holds her own among the big guns in the market.
05. Sanaya Irani: INR 75,000 to INR 80,000 per episode
Sanaya Irani is one of the few India TV actresses that had an overnight flight to stardom. She made a huge mark on the scene with her first appearance in the Indian Youth show, Miley Jab Hum Tum. Possessing a very cute face, she is one of the most gorgeous looking TV actresses in the scene today. She has played the role of the submissive housewife to perfection in the soap opera Rangrasiya. Reportedly charging around INR 75,000 to 80,000 per episode, she is the perfect face to adorn the No. 5 position in this list.
04. Divyanka Tripathi: INR 80,000 to INR 85,000 per episode
The Indian TV scene is full of upstarts such as Sanaya Irani and Nia Sharma. However, no one can deny the due of the experienced superstars on the TV scene. Divyanka Tripathi is one such seasoned character. Famous for her portrayal as the lead protagonist Ishita Bhalla in the popular TV serial Yeh Hai Mohabbat, she has won a host of awards for this role. She is an excellent dancer as well having participated in the reality show Nach Baliye – 8 along with her husband, Vivek. She is in a different league altogether charging around INR 80,000 to 85,000 per episode, making her the perfect candidate for the No. 4 spot in this list.
03. Ankita Lokhande: INR 90,000 to INR 95,000 per episode
Shooting to fame almost overnight because of her stellar performances in the TV opera Pavitra Rishta, Ankita Lokhande is fit to stand tall at No. 3 on this list. She is quite new to the TV scene. However, talent wise, she is second to none. She won many awards for her role in this serial, the most notable being the India Television Academy Award for the Face of the Year. One of the most beautiful faces with an ethnic Maharashtrian look, Ankita is a good dancer as well. She participated in the dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhlaja – Season 4. She charges around INR 90,000 to 95,000 per episode making her one of the highest paid actress on the TV scene today.
02. Hina Khan: INR 1,00,000 to INR 1,25,000 per episode
Who can forget Hina Khan, one of the most beautiful actresses to grace the small screen? One of the few actresses to have an inclusion in the 50 sexiest Asian women in 2013 and 2014, Hina Khan is an ethnic Kashmiri girl. She brings the innocence and charm of the Kashmiri Mountains to her roles in the soap operas. Her most memorable performance is the role of Akshara in the soap, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. She is one of the two stars to charge in the six figure range. Her ongoing rate is around INR 1,00,000 to INR 1,25,000 per episode. This makes her a proud entrant at No. 2 in this exalted list.
01. Sakshi Tanwar: INR 1,25,000 to INR 1,50,000 per episode
We come to the biggest Indian TV actress of all time, Sakshi Tanwar. Known more in the TV scene as Parvati Bhabhi of Kahani Ghar Ghar ki, she has recreated her chemistry with Ram Kapoor again in the TV soap, Bade Achche Lagte Hain. One of the oldest actress in this list, she made her debut much before some of the TV actresses were even born. She made her debut with the principal Indian TV channel Doordarshan. Hence, one can say that she has seen the entire growth of the satellite television industry. She deserves her fee of INR 1,25,000 to 1,50,000 per episode. This makes her the undisputed No. 1 in the TV industry.
The TV screen offers terrific options for the actresses to shine better than the male actors. This is because the main audiences of the Indian TV serials are the women in the house. This explains the presence of many top actresses in this list. Some of them can make it to the combined list as well. The India TV actress has surely come of age.