Gone are the days when TV was considered the poor cousin of the big screen. The industry has grown manifold over the last couple of decades, not just in production budget, but also in the remuneration that some top TV stars command. There’s no denying the fact that actors and actresses on TV have to work under far more demanding conditions than their Bollywood counterparts, with entire episodes being shot within a day, and sometimes for months on end sans any break. Producers, not surprisingly, are ready to pay the earth for them.
Here are some popular TV stars who earn more per month than many leading Bollywood actors.
1. Ankita Lokhande
She has been around for many years now and is one of the most recognisable faces on TV. However, Ankita is not much seen on the small screen these days, as she has become choosy about her projects. Her role as Archana Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta was lauded by the audience. She participated as a contestant in the fourth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa with her former husband Sushant Singh Rajput. Ankita quotes anywhere between ₹1-1.5 lakhs for every episode.
2. Hina Khan
The 30-year old actress from Srinagar is currently one of the top TV stars, who have tasted success in very little time, courtesy just one show. Her debut series, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, ran for seven years on Star Plus from 2009 to 2016. Since then she has appeared as either a guest or celebrity judge in all her subsequent shows that include Big Boss 11, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, and Comedy Circus. Hina has refused Bollywood offers to concentrate on television, and is reportedly paid ₹1.25 lakh for a single episode.
3. Ram Kapoor
Considered one of the most influential stars on Indian television, Ram Kapoor has been part of some of the most successful shows in recent times. Kapoor has been highly praised for his work in Rishtey, Kasamh Se, Ghar Ek Mandir and other popular TV serials. But he earned maximum fame for Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. He has also played important roles in films like Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Student of the Year, and Agent Vinod. In an industry where actresses are paid more than actors, Ram Kapoor reportedly earns ₹1.25 lakh for each episode.