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Working in the film industry is a lucrative job. It earns you more money than you can imagine. We all know how much our favourite Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, etc earn. Their earning can often be estimated by the kind of extravagant lifestyle they have. However, do you know that our Bollywood director not much behind in the league? Their fee is entirely dependent on how successful their films are.

In this post, we have collated a list of highest paid directors in Bollywood industry.

1.  Farhan Akhtar- ₹4 crores

The director who started his career with Dil Chahta Hai, has given us many cinematic gems like Don, Don 2 and Lakshya. According to an entertainment tabloid, he charges somewhere around Rs 4 crores as a director of a film.

Farhan Akhtar director fees

2. Kabir Khan- ₹8 crores

Kabir Khan has been the mastermind behind many hit Bollywood films like Chak De India, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Ek Tha Tiger. He is also set to helm Kapil Dev’s biopic titled 83 which has Ranveer Singh in the lead role. According to the tabloid, the director charges around Rs. 8 crore for directing a film.

Kabir Khan director fees

3. Anurag Kashyap- ₹8 crores

The maverick director has been a master of his craft. He is known for making films that are close to the grim realities of life. Kashyap charges around Rs. 8 crores for directing his films.

Anurag Kashyap director

4. Mani Ratnam- ₹9 crores

Mani Ratnam has a legion of fans for the kind of films he make. The excellence of his cinematic skills is not unknown to people who love Indian cinema. For having delivered perfection every time he dons the director’s hat, he deserves to be in the higher pay band. The director gets around Rs. 9 crore for directing a film.

Mani Ratnam director fees

5. Karan Johar- ₹10 crores

Karan Johar may not be known for making true to life movies, but the entertainment quotient of his films is always high. He usually makes films that speak about complex romantic relationships. His latest offering Kalank, however performed below par at the box office. For directing a film, Karan Johar charges around Rs. 10 crores. He also charges a whopping sum of money for hosting a popular talk show, Koffee With Karan.

Karan Johar director fees

6. Rajkumar Hirani- ₹10 crores

Rajkumar Hirani is one of the directors who are a part of the 100-crore club of Bollywood. His last offering Sanju did a whacking job at the box office. The director charges around Rs. 10 crores for directing a film.

Rajkumar Hirani director fees

7. A.R. Murugadoss- ₹12 crores

A.R. Murugadoss is a noted director known for his popular works like Holiday, Spyder, Sarkar, etc. His Bollywood ventures Ghajini and Holiday proved to be a massive hit at the box office. According to the tabloid, the director takes home approximately Rs. 12 crores for directing a film.

A.R. Murugadoss director fees

8. Shankar- ₹15 crores

Shankar is a big name in the South Indian film industry. Recently, he helmed Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 that raked huge numbers at the box office. Apart from that, he directed Anil Kapoor starrer Nayak that is relevant even decades after its release. Owing to his phenomenal sense of film making, Shankar charges around Rs. 15 crores for making a film.

Shankar director fees

9. Rohit Shetty- ₹25 crores

Rohit Shetty isn’t known for making offbeat films but his creations surely has a hint of masala to them. His movies attract entertainment loving crowd to the cinema halls. He recently started a cop universe with Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh in the lead roles. For his films, he charges around Rs 25 crores for direction.

Rohit Shetty director fees

10. S. S. Rajamouli- ₹100 crores

S. S. Rajamouli, the mastermind behind Baahubali and Magadheera, is one of the highest paid directors in Indian cinema. He makes films that appeal to the masses. It was reported that he charges around Rs 100 crore to make Baahubali that went on become one of the highest grosser films in the world.

SS Rajamouli director fees


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