Small screen, big bucks!

By Hindustan Times

Even though TV might be called the small screen, the pay cheques of popular actors on the tube aren’t small by any means. According to industry sources, actor Ronit Roy commands the highest remuneration at Rs. 1.25 lakh per day for his hit Sony show, Adalaat. He rose to fame with Balaji’s Kasauti Zindagi Kay in 2003 and with his recent film Udaan’s (2010) success, he has cemented his position as a bankable actor in the industry.

Another reliable actor is Bade Achche Lagte Hain’s (BALH) lead Ram Kapoor, who also demands a huge pay cheque. “Ekta ensures that her TV shows feature popular actors like Ram, Sakshi Tanwar, Mona Singh and Sameer Soni. She casts them as they have high recall value and, therefore, she is willing to pay them well for their parts,” says an industry source. When BALH entered the TAM top 10 TV shows list a year ago, Ram got a pay hike and now makes Rs. 1 lakh per