People often refer to the TV as the small screen. It may be small in size alone. However, as far as popularity goes, the TV actors are equally popular if not more than the actors from the film industry are. In fact, there are many actors who have moved from the TV industry to the film industry as well as vice versa. Shahrukh Khan, Vidya Balan, Sushant Singh Rajput are some people who have graduated from the TV serial industry to the big screen successfully. Similarly, actors such as Ronit Roy have taken the reverse route.
The television industry is a highly developed one today. You have different kinds of actors in the TV industry. You have the normal Hindi film serials whereas you have the comedy shows as well.
We shall segregate the TV serials from the other comedy and talk shows. There is a basic difference between them. The basic difference is that the TV serials do not require the presence of the actor in every episode of the serial. Hence, they charge on a daily basis. The producers will have to pay them for the days they attend the shoots. We shall look at the top 10 Hindi TV serial actors.
This is different from the comedy shows and other talk shows where the actors demand payment on the basis of episodes. It can several days to shoot an episode. We shall look at the top 3 male actors in this category.
The Top 10 Hindi TV serial actors are as follows.
10. Gaurav Chopra: Rs. 65,000 per day
At No. 10 on this list we have Gaurav Chopra, a multifaceted actor. Having acted in a Hollywood film as well (Blood Diamond), Gaurav Chopra, is famous for the portrayal of Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore in Colors TV’s soap, Uttaran. In fact, he won the Colors Golden Petal Award for this role. He made his mark on the TV screen while portraying an honest and upright army lieutenant in the serial Left Right Left on SAB tv. He has come a long way since then. Today, he demands and gets Rs. 65,000 per day.
9. Karan Mehra: Rs. 75,000 per day
The beauty of the Hindi TV serials is that you need have a filmy background to become successful. People from all occupations can shine as TV serial stars. One such TV serial star is Karan Mehra. Son of a construction business owner, Karan Mehra studied at the Kishore Namit Acting School. He is more famous for the portrayal of Naitik Singhania in the TV serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. At No. 9 on this list, he earns Rs. 75,000 per day.
8. Shabbir Ahluwalia: Rs. 75,000 per day
Tall and handsome are two words to describe Shabbir Ahluwalia. At No. 8 we have this intense actor famous for his role in the TV show, Kahin to Hoga. A regular in all Ekta Kapoor serials, Shabbir can perform the role of the bad guy with equal ease. He did a commendable job in the movie, Shootout at Lokhandwala. He is a fearless actor as well having won the third season of Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi. A successful TV host, he earns Rs. 75,000 per day in the TV industry.
7. Karan Singh Grover: Rs. 80,000 per day
People today know him as Bipasha Basu’s husband. However, he is a successful actor in his own right. We are talking about Karan Singh Grover, the No. 7 Hindi serial actor on this list. A good actor, he has acted in popular serials such as Dil Mil Gayee and Qubool Hai. He has a couple of Hindi films to his credit as well such as Alone and Hate Story 3. He was in the news recently because of his marriage to Bipasha Basu, a well-known film actress. This handsome actor makes a decent sum of Rs. 80,000 per day.
6. Mohit Raina: Rs. 100,000 per day
Mythology plays a great part in the Hindi TV serial industry. There have been mythological serials galore in the past such as Ramayan, Mahabharat, etc. The latest one to hit the TV screen is Devon Ka Dev, Mahadev. He has the good physique to appear shirtless in the serial. Naturally, you cannot expect Lord Shiva to don a suit. He charges a decent sum of Rs. 1,00,000 per day. This makes him a good bet at No. 6 on the list.
5. Shivaji Satam: Rs. 100,000 per day
At No. 5, we have the veteran actor Shivaji Satam. Known more as ACP Pradyuman of CID, Shivaji Satam is a versatile actor in all respects. He has performed a couple of roles in films like Naayak, Pukar, China Gate, etc. A bank cashier to begin with, Shivaji Satam has travelled a long way. A stint in Marathi films and Marathi TV serials, he is an expert in playing the policeman’s roles such as in Ek Shunya Shunya, and CID. At No 5, he demands Rs. 1,00,000 per day. He has won many accolades for his role in CID. He is extremely popular among the youth. There are innumerable CID jokes concerning Shivaji Satam.
4. Karan Patel: Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 1,25,000 per day
An Ekta Kapoor protégé, you do not see him working much outside her production banner. Making his debut with Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Karan Patel is famous for portraying the role of Raman Kumar Bhalla in the serial Yeh Hai Mohabbatein opposite the gorgeous Divyanka Tripathi. He has won many awards in the TV industry category. He is a good dancer as well having attended Shiamak Davar’s danced classes. At No. 4, he draws a salary in the range of Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs, 1,25,000 per day.
3. Ronit Roy: Rs. 1,25,000 per day
One of the few actors who undertook a reverse journey of sorts from the big screen to the small one, Ronit Roy is an accomplished actor in his own right. Starting his film career in a nondescript film known as ‘Jaan Tere Naam’, he attained fame in the Ekta Kapoor serial ‘Kyunki Saas bhi Kabhi bahu Thi’ for his portrayal as Mihir. He is an Ekta regular having portrayed the role of Rishabh Bajaj in Kasuti Zindagi Kay. He has switched back to acting in films as well. Recently, he performed a negative role of a corrupt politician in the film, Kaabil. At one point in time, he was a colossus in the TV industry. People used to refer to him as the Big B of the Small Screen. Charging Rs. 1,25,000 per day, Ronit Roy is the perfect No. 3 in this list.
2. Ram Kapoor: Rs. 1,25,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 per day
Ram Kapoor might just not have the look of a hero. However, he is a towering performer when it comes to portraying lead roles on television. Famous for the portrayal of Jay Walia in the serial, Kasamh Se, and Ram Amarnath Kapoor in Bade Achche Lagte Hain, he shares an excellent chemistry with Sakshi Tanwar of Parvati fame. A man of extreme girth, he has acted in a couple of films as well such as Humshakals, and Agent Vinod, etc. Known to charge Rs. 1,25,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 per day, he is a true superstar of the TV industry.
1. Mishal Raheja: Rs. 1,60,000 per day
One of the most erudite TV stars, Mishal Raheja is a TV actor of repute. Though a very young actor, he charges Rs. 1,60,000 per day for his role in the serial Ishq ka Rang Safed. More famous for portraying the role of Datta Bhao in Laagi Tujhse Lagan, he played the lover boy to the hilt in Love Story. He may not be as successful as Ram Kapoor or Ronit Roy but he does charge more than them for a day. Purely for his earning capacity, he is the No. 1 in this list.
The top 3 highest paid Hindi TV stars:
We have seen the top 10 Hindi serial actors right now. However, the TV industry scene is not the Hindi serials alone. There are dance shows, reality shows, comedy shows etc. These shows run for extended seasons as well. The hosts and actors on these comedy shows earn a huge amount as well. We shall look at the three such stars who earn a good amount.
3. Manish Paul
Rs. 15 million for the entire season of Jhalak Dikhlaja.
A successful TV host, Manish Paul was in the news recently for getting Rs. 15 million for hosting the entire season of Jhalak Dikhlaja.
2. Sunil Grover
Rs. 10 lacs to Rs. 12 lacs per episode of Comedy Nights with Kapil
A highly successful comedian in his own right, Sunil Grover was in the news for the wrong reasons in recent times. We refer to the much publicized spat between Sunil and the man tight above him on this list, Kapil Sharma.
1. Kapil Sharma
Rs. 60 lacs to Rs. 80 lacs per episode of Comedy Nights with Kapil
Kapil Sharma is the best comedian in India today. In addition to an excellent sense of humour, Kapil Sharma is an efficient singer as well. He is famous for his serial, Comedy Nights with Kapil.
You have just seen that the small screen is indeed not so small at all. It can rival the big screen anytime. In fact, many of the stars listed above charge more than film actors. Of course, we are not referring the stars such as the Khans, Akshay Kumar, etc. The TV industry has blossomed from virtually nothing from 1985 until date. The introduction of the satellite television channels has increased the demand for TV serials over the years.