Being a TV actress is not a cakewalk at all as you have to be available all the time because of the main slot. There are hardly any vacations or breaks for TV actresses and they have to strive to compete with their counterparts. Unlike movies, television is no longer a male-dominated world. Gone are the days when the male protagonist received large sums and the female protagonist was satisfied with a meager sum.
Today, the leading actresses of Indian soap operas are taking a step ahead of their male colleagues. TV actresses lead their personal and professional lives, enjoying a huge fandom across the globe. These actresses have gained more popularity and also receive huge paychecks than their husbands, due to their TV shows. Let’s take a look at these divas, who ended the male dominance of television by earning more than their husbands.
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#1. Rupali Ganguly
Rupali Ganguly had carved a place in the hearts of millions with the portrayal of Monisha Sarabhai in the series, Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai. Rupali had taken a sabbatical after the birth of her son, Rudransh. After her long hiatus, Rupali returned to television with the show, Anupamawhich is one of the most popular shows on Indian TV today.
Rupali had started the show by charging Rs. 1.5 lakh per episode, however, as the show’s TRPs skyrocketed, Rupali had also increased his fee to Rs. 3 lakh per episode. She is now paid well before the male protagonists of Indian television. Rupali is married to Ashwin K Verma who is a businessman and her biggest supporter.
#2. Rubina Dilaik
Rubina Dilaik is a popular name on TV as she has worked on shows like Choti Bahu, Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki and others. She got married to actor Abhinav Shukla in 2018. Rubina had appeared in the reality show, big boss 14 with Abhinav and after giving tough competition to other housemates, she had won the show and brought home the trophy with the prize money of Rs. 36,000,000.
Rubina took part in the reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 and turn to Cape Town. According to several reports, she received a sum of Rs. 15 lakhs per episode for the show.
#3. Divyanka Tripathi
One of the most bankable actresses in the TV world, Divyanka Tripathi needs no introduction. After starting her career at All India Radio, Divyanka made her acting debut in a TV movie for Doordarshan. After several appearances in TV shows, in 2006 Divyanka won the show, Banoo Main Teri Dulhan, where she played a dual role. She drew a lot of spotlight for the show.
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In 2013, Divyanka played the character of ‘Dr. Ishita Bhalla’ on the show, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, which ran successfully for six years, made Divyanka a household name. In 2016, Divyanka married her Yeh Hai Mohabbatein co-actor, Vivek Dahiya. Divyanka had appeared in many reality shows and serials and also won many accolades for the same. The actress reportedly charged Rs. 1 lakh to 1.5 lakhs per episode.
#4. Bharti Singh
Comedian and reality TV host, Bharti Singh is one of the most popular names in the television world. She had participated in the comedy reality show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge season 4 and it was her sheer dedication to her job that made her an overnight star.
Bharti is married to Haarsh Limbachiyaa who is said to be the highest paid writer in the television industry. However, Bharti’s immense popularity puts him ahead of Haarsh in terms of paychecks. The talented comedian is said to be paid Rs. 10 to Rs. 12 lakhs per episode.
#5. Dipika Kakar
Dipika Kakar made her television debut in 2010 with the show, Neer Bhare Tere Naina Devi, where she played the role of Lakshmi. Dipika then appeared on the show, Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo. However, his role as Simar Bhardwaj in the series, Sasural Simar Kagained its immense popularity.
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In 2018, Dipika got married to her Sasural Simar Ka co-star, Shoaib Ibrahim. Dipika had participated in the reality TV show, Big Boss 12 and had won the show with the prize money of Rs. 30 lakhs. Dipika and Shoiab are one of the most beloved celebrities Jodis in the world of TV, however, the actress is paid more than her husband. As for Dipika’s remuneration, the gorgeous actress charges Rs 70,000 per episode.
#6. Anita Hassanandani
Anita Hassanandani made her television debut with the show Idhar Udhar season 2. Anita had appeared in many series like Kabhi Sautan Kabhi Saheli, Kohi Apna Sa, Kkavyanjali, Kumkum, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kasam Se and much more. It was his role as ‘Shagun Bhalla’ in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, which brought him enormous popularity. In 2018, Anita also played the role of ‘Vishakha’ in Naagin 3.
Apart from soap operas, Anita had appeared in many South Indian films. She has also been seen in Bollywood movies like Kucch To HaI, Chalet Krishna, Koi Aap Sa, Ragini MMS 2. In 2013, Anita got married to a businessman, Rohit Reddy in Goa. Anita is one of the most established names in the film and TV industry who charges Rs. 50,000 for an episode.
#seven. Saumya Tandon
Better known as ‘Gori mem’, Saumya was highly acclaimed for her role as ‘Anita Bhabhi’ in Bhabhiji Ghar By Hain. Saumya was the first Femina Cover Girl finalist in 2006. After hosting a number of popular shows, in 2007 Saumya got Imtiaz Ali’s film, Jab we metwhere she played the role of Kareena Kapoor’s sister, ‘Roop’.
Talking about her personal life, Saumya got married to her boyfriend, Saurabh Devendra who is an entrepreneur in 2016 after dating him for 10 years. In 2015, Saumya got the role of ‘Anita Bhabhi’ in Bhabhiji Ghar By Hainbut left the series in 2020. According to multiple reports, Saumya charges Rs. 50,000-Rs. 60,000 per episode.
#8. Sanaya Irani
Sanaya made her acting debut with an appearance in Yash Raj Film, Fana in 2006. In 2007, she made her television debut with the show, Left Right Left. She landed her first starring role on the Star One show, Miley Jab Hum Tum. Later, Sanaya was seen in shows like Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doun, Chhan Chhan, Rangrasiya and much more.
Sanaya had fallen in love with her Miley Jab Hum Tum co-star, Mohit Sehgal. After announcing their relationship, Sanaya and Mohit got married in 2016. Speaking of popularity, Sanaya is more popular than her husband Mohit and reportedly charges Rs. 85,000 to 95,000 per episode.
These TV actresses are examples of hard work, passion and dedication. They have proven that marriage, children or family, nothing can stop them from making a name for themselves in the male-dominated world of showbiz.
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