Kannada cinema is also known as the Sandalwood or Chandanavana in the colloquially. In this section, we are going to speak about highest paid Kannada actors. It is said that more than 100 Kannada films are produced per year.
However, the box office collection of the Kannada film is not as large as the Hindi, Tamil, and Telegu or Malayalam cinema. It is a fact that the Kannada films are released in nearly 950 single screen cinema halls in Karnataka only and some of them are also released in the UK, Australia, Germany, United States and a few more other countries. If you want to check out the 10 highest paid Kannada actors right now it is surprising to see the range of money, the actors are offered.
Let us take a look at the 10 highest paid Kannada actors in 2017-2018
Diganth Manchale, a model turned actor, is 31 years of age and now getting a remuneration of nearly 50 Laks to 1 Crore per film. He was born in the Sagara, Karnataka. He started his career as a model and then got a break in the Kannada Film Industry. He had his debut in the film naming Miss California, in the year 2006. Considered as one of the 10 highest paid Kannada actors right now, have given many more successful movies like Parapancha, Lifeu Istene, Gaalipata, Parijatha, Pancharangi and much more. He has also made his debut in the Bollywood in the film known as Wedding Pulav.
Vijay an actor and a film producer by profession who started his career in the 2004 charges nearly Rs 1.5 Crore per film. He started his career as a junior artist and his career got a boost when he acted in a film named Duniya.He is one of the good looking actors, who acts as he does the stunts in all his films. Out of many blockbusters like Junglee, Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam, Jayammana Maga, Chandra other than Duniya.
Ganesh happens to be an actor, director, and producer, made his debut in the year 2001 and charges nearly Rs 1.75 Crore now per film. He was born at the fringes of Bangalore, he gained fame from the television show naming Comedy Time. He later came up with his debut film Chellata. Other notable films of Ganesha are Gaalipata, Shravani Subramanya, Mungaru Male, Maleyali Jotheyali and much more. The film Mungaru Male had a screening of 865 which is a history in the Kannada Film Industry. He is better known as the Golden Star and went on bagging many awards including two Filmfare Awards.
Yash who is one of the highest paid Kannada actors right now made his debut in the year 2004 and now charge Rs 2.5 Crore per film. Before joining films he has been a regular actor in the daily soap operas. His original name is Naveen Kumar Gowda, now he is better known as Yash. His debut movie was Jambada Hudugi and in his very next film Moggina Manassu, he went ahead to bag the Filmfare Award. His notable films are like Modalasala, Googly, Rajadhani, Lucky, Mr.and Mrs. Ramachari, Raja Huli, Kirataka, Jaanu, Gajakesari and much more.
6. Rakshith Shetty:
Rakshith Shetty stands out to be one of the 10 highest paid Kannada actors right now charges nearly Rs 2.75 Crores for each film. He is not only an actor. He is also known as a director, screenwriter, and lyricist also in the Kannada Film Industry. Besides being a graduate in engineering, he loved cinema so much that he left his job to become an actor. He earned fame from the film Simple Agi Ondh Love Story. Now he is totally dedicated to Kannada films. His debut as a director in the film Ulidavaru Kandante earned him a grand success. Other successful movies are Godhi Banna Saadharana Maikattu, Rikky and much more. It is said he has brought in a breath of fresh air in the Kannada films.
5. Shiva Rajkumar:
By occupation, Shiva Rajkumar is an actor, playback singer, producer as well as a television anchor. Born in Shimoga of Karnataka, this Kannada actor charges Rs 3 Crore per film. He happens to be the eldest son of the well-known actor, Rajkumar. His debut film is Anand. Om, Janumada Jodi, A.K.47, Bhajarangi, Ratha Sapthami and Nammoora Mandara Hoove are the notable films of Shiva Rajkumar. The first three went on to be blockbusters, he came to be known as Hat-trick Hero. He has acted in more than 100 movies and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University.
Upendra who is better known as an actor, producer, director, lyricist and screenwriter charges nearly Rs 3.5 per film, who stands out to be one of the 10 highest paid Kannada actors right now. His debut movie was Upendra. Out of the notable movies are A, Kalpana, Raktha Kanneeru, Gokarna, H20, Raa, Super, Kutumba, Budhivanta, Budhivanta, and Uppi 2. As a director, his debut movie was Tharle Nan Maga became quite popular.
Darshan is an actor besides being a film producer and also a distributor. He started his career in the year 2001 and charges nearly Rs 4 Crore per film. He happens to be the son of the well-known actor Thoogudeepa Shrinivas. Before he joined films, Darshan tried his luck in television. His debut movie went on becoming a super hit and the name of the film was Majestic. Some of the well-known movies he acted in were Saarathi, Kariya, Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna, Kalasipalya, Chingari, Ambareesha, Ambareesha, Suntaragaali , Gaja, Bulbul and much more. His blockbuster movie contains Jaggudaada. Apart from this, he owns a production house known as Thoogudeepa Productions. Another interesting fact about him is that he loves animals and also keep rare animals and pets in his farmhouse.
2. Punith Rajkumar:
An actor, television anchor and a playback singer, Punith Rajkumar started his career in the year 2002, now charges a huge sum of Rs 5 Crore per movie. He is the youngest son of the renowned actor Raj Kumar and he made his debut in the film Appu. However, earlier, he has won the award of the National Film Award best of the best child actor for the film Bettada Hoovu. Some of the notable films are Paramathma, Jackie, Abhi, Hudugaru, Arasu, Aakash, and Milana. Better known as Appu he has hosted a very popular television game show Kannadada Kotyadhipathi.
Sudeep is better known as Kiccha Sudeep and works as a very popular actor, screenwriter, director as well as a producer. He got noticed in his debut film Sparsha. He has acted in various Tamil, Telegu as well as some of the very popular Hindi movies like Raktha Charitra, Black, and even Baahubali. He charges nearly Rs 5.5 to 6 Crore and stands out to be the 10 highest paid Kannada actors right now. Some of the popular movies he acted are My Autograph, Mussanje Maathu, Swathi Muthu, Nandi, Veera Madakari, Bachchan, Vishnuvardhana, Kempegowda, and Ranna. He has a lovely voice and that is the prime reason various movies have asked him to have a voice over.
So it shows that though Kannada film has not taken over the Tamil, Telugu as well as Malayalam movies, however, you can find the 10 highest paid Kannada actors right now and the individual achievement made the stars to become richest Kannada actors. Similarly, if you compare them with the money charged by the other regional stars, however, this is what makes them 10 highest paid Kannada actors in 2017-2018.