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These #5 TV actors Rake in More Moolah Than Their Bollywood Counterparts From Sanjay Kapoor to Zayed Khan, small television serials have big names associated with its cast

By Komal Nathani

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Indian television's popularity is at its peak now with numerous channels providing a steady stream of soap operas to meet audiences' daily dose of entertainment.

The high-budget TV serials and big buyouts on channels by corporates have changed the paradigms of Television, and brightened the fortune of TV actors. Today, the remuneration of TV actors is not lesser than Bollywood actors. In fact, most of the actors find television better than Bollywood in terms of storyline, production and budget. From Sanjay Kapoor to Zayed Khan, small screen shows have big names associated with its cast.

Entrepreneur India lists a few TV actors who make more money than Bollywood actors in India.

Ram Kapoor

Sakshi Tanwar's Bade Achhe Lagte Hai co-star Ram Kapoor is one of the favourites of Ekta Kapoor. We recently saw him playing Katrina Kaif's funny father in Baar Baar Dekho. And when on television he demands a whopping Rs. 1.25 lakh per episode. He shoots for only 15 days, and gives the remaining time to films and family.

Hina Khan

"Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai' star Akshara aka Hina Khan charged from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.25 lakh per episode.

Ronit Roy

Ronit Roy charges Rs 1.25 lakh Rupees per episode. He is not only a TV star, but has appeared in a number of Bollywood films too.

Divyanka Tripathi

Divyanka or popularly know as "Ishi Maa' charges Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 Lakh per episode. She rose to fame from her current show on Star Plus "Yeh Hain Mohabbatein.' Her earlier show "Banu Mai Teri Dulhan' on Zee TV was also a hit.

Vatsal Sheth

Popular TV-film actor Vatsal Sheth made his acting debut with the late '90s show "Just Mohabbat" as a kid. He later appeared in a couple of films including, "Taarzan: The Wonder Car", "U Me Aur Hum", "Jai Ho" among others. But out of all 10-20 Bollywood films, Vatsal finds television screen a better medium. His popular TV shows, 'Ek Hasina Thi' and 'Haasil' has broken TRP records of BARC. Sheth charges INR 40,000 for per episode of Haasil.

Komal Nathani

Former Correspondent, Entrepreneur Asia Pacific

A firm believer of hard work and patience. Love to cover stories that hold a potential to change the momentum of business world. Currently, a part of all-women web team of Entrepreneur’s Asia Pacific edition to jig the wheel of business journalism!

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