How much does Nayanthara charge per movie? Exploring Jawan star's net worth

Nayanthara is one of the leading actors in Tamil cinema and because of this, the actress is bound to have a net worth that transcends beyond the limits of her contemporaries. Read on.

Updated on Nov 30, 2023  |  08:21 PM IST |  191.2K
How much does Nayanthara charge per movie? Exploring Jawan star's net worth
How much does Nayanthara charge per movie? Exploring Jawan star's net worth (PC: Vignesh Shivan Instagram)

Nayanthara has firmly established herself as Tamil cinema's most successful and talented leading lady, earning the nickname "Lady Superstar" from fans and industry members. Precisely living up to that moniker, she boasts a sizable following across Kollywood. So it is no surprise that Nayanthara commands one of the highest paychecks per film role, fittingly in line with both her fan appeal and overall star power on screen.

The actress has achieved more than her contemporaries in her career due to her rigorous and highly challenging journey. She started her career as a newcomer in Tamil cinema, but through hard work and perseverance, she has become one of the most sought-after actresses in Indian cinema.

Nayanthara’s journey from newcomer to Lady Superstar

Nayanthara initially made the start of her career back in 2003 with the Sathyan Anthikad Malayalam film Manassinakkare. The film which had Jayaram and Mollywood’s veteran actress Sheela in the leading role was a massive success, especially within the family audiences. Interestingly, it was director Sathyan Anthikad who changed her name to Nayanthara from Diana Mariam Kurian.

After those early Malayalam roles, Nayanthara set her sights on Tamil cinema stardom. She starred in two more Malayalam films - the Mohanlal-led Vismayathumbathu and Natturajavu - which served as stepping stones. Then in 2005, Nayanthara made her debut in Kollywood, acting alongside Sarathkumar in the Tamil movie Ayya. This marked her transition to leading lady status in Tamil films.


Nayanthara's big break came while filming Ayya, when she was offered a major role opposite Rajinikanth in Chandramukhi. Directed by P. Vasu, the film became a smash hit, completing a 100-day theatrical run. Chandramukhi catapulted Nayanthara to mainstream fame across Tamil and Malayalam cinema. Now firmly established as a bankable leading lady, she deftly balanced both Kollywood and Mollywood film projects for the next few years.

By 2006, the actress had debuted in Telugu cinema as well starring opposite industry’s big stars like Daggubati Venkatesh and Akkineni Nagarjuna in Lakshmi and Boss respectively. Though she did act in films opposite major actors in the industry like Ajith Kumar in Billa and Aegan, Thalapathy Vijay in Villu, Dhanush in Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Suriya in Aadhavan and Vishal in Sathyam, the actress still faced adversity and ups and downs both in her personal and professional life.

Hereafter, the actress started to carve and mold herself as a leading superstar across various films making her one of the leading actresses in Tamil cinema. The actress acted in various box office successful films like Boss Engira Bhaskaran in Tamil, Bodyguard in Malayalam, and Sri Rama Rajyam in Telugu the latter even earning her a Filmfare award.

Nayanthara reached new heights in 2015 with the neo-noir horror Maya, one of Tamil cinema's biggest hits that year. On a hot streak, she began starring opposite nearly every top Tamil actor, including Vijay Sethupathi in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Vikram in Iru Mugan, Ajith Kumar in Viswasam, Vijay in Bigil, Rajinikanth in Darbar and even her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan's Jawan.

In addition to starring alongside top male leads, Nayanthara spearheaded female-centric films including Aramm, Kolamaavu Kokila, Imaikkaa Nodigal, and Netrikann. Her next release, Annapoorani (December 1st), continues the trend of Nayanthara shouldering films herself - further cementing her reputation as Kollywood's indisputable Lady Superstar.

Nayanthara’s net worth and salary per film

As the undisputed leading lady of Tamil cinema, it is no surprise that Nayanthara has amassed immense financial success as well. According to reports, the prolific actress now boasts an estimated net worth surpassing 300 crores.

The actress not only has great talent but also earns a staggering amount of 5-10 crores per movie, depending on the production value of the film. This makes her one of the highest-paid actresses in South Indian cinema. According to a recent report, she charged a whopping 5 crores for a concise 50-second commercial, which proves how far she has come from being a debutant to a superstar.


Disclaimer: All amounts mentioned in the article are sourced from public platforms. In some cases, celebrities or their teams give their input too, which we incorporate if provided by them. We make all efforts to share possible accurate numbers, however, unless otherwise mentioned they are all approximates. We are open to feedback and suggestions on

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Goutham S is a native of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. A writer for a few years now, particularly following Indian


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