Television's Highest-Paid Actors
June 13, 2007 | Models n Trends
Ekta Kapoor's feud with Smriti
Irani has apparently gained momentum. The latest buzz is that Smriti
left Balaji Telefilms because she wanted a hike in her salary. A Mumbai
tabloid reported that Smriti demanded Rs 300,000 per day, three times
the amount she reportedly gets.
We decided to take a look at the highest-paid television actors today,
and Smriti -- even with her present pay -- topped the list.
Here are the top five earners:
Claim to Fame: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Character: Tulsi Virani
Fee: Rs 100,000 per day (as industry sources said)
'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.'
It's this adage that Smriti Zubin Irani, also known as Tulsi Mihir
Virani, has lived her life by. Actress, producer and politician, this
former Miss India contestant has come a long way. During her struggling
years, Smriti worked at McDonalds, served burgers, appeared for
countless auditions and even cleaned floors. That's what you call a rags
to riches story.
Claim to Fame: Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
Character: Parvati Agarwal
Fee: Rs 45,000 per day (as industry sources said)
The demure Parvati Agarwal is perhaps the soul of Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii.
She is the daughter-in-law who sets the bar for every bahu in India.
Even today, when the show has taken another 18-year leap, it is
Saakshi's portrayal of Janki Devi that glues viewers to the screens.
Like her contemporaries, Saakshi also made it big in the city of dreams
after starting life in Alwar in Rajasthan. A former computer software
consultant, she resides in the hearts of millions thanks to a role she
had almost refused. But, like they say, some things are just meant to
Claim to Fame: Kasautii Zindagi Kay
Fee: Rs 35,000 per day (as industry sources said)
This pretty commerce graduate from Mumbai's Burhani's College has won
the adoration and applause of critics and fans alike as Prerna in
Kasautii Zindagi Kay.
She has always believed in herself and been very vocal. Today, she finds
it strange that most people know her more by her screen name than her
real name. But after six years of screen time, we are not surprised.
Claim To Fame: Kasautii Zindagi Kay/Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Characters: Rishab Bajaj/Mihir Virani
Fee: Rs 1 million a month (as industry sources said)
After Ronit's first Hindi film Jaan Tere Naam did well, he was sure life
would be one big party. Sadly, fate had other plans and all his other
A few years later, there came an offer for an eight-week cameo in an
upcoming show, Kasautii Zindagi Kay. But even Ronit would have laughed
if you told him that his cameo as Rishab Bajaj would catapult him to
superstardom and make him a household name.
Today, Ronit aka Rishabh Bajaj plays characters most actors can only
dream of. Just when one thought it couldn't get any bigger or better,
Ronit stepped into the shoes of Mihir Virani, a character who, in
Ronit's own words, has raced ahead of his Kasautii character.