Here’s a list of famous television actors, who portrayed Lord Krishna on the small screen and a look at their respective fees, which they charged to play ‘kanhaiya’.
Lord Krishna is among the most powerful and most-followed deities in Hinduism. The eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is also called as the God of compassion, love, protection, and, most importantly, righteousness. Known by a series of names like amodara, gopala, gopinath, govinda, keshava, madhava, vasudeva, and many others, Krishna’s devotees are present in different parts of the world.
Courtesy of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Lord Krishna is among the world’s most worshipped and followed gods. As per the holy book of Shrimad Bhagwat Purana, Lord Krishna was born on Ashtami Tithi, Rohini Nakshatra, Taurus sign and Wednesday.
Meet Actors who played Lord Krishna’s role on screen and know how much they charged for it
Hence, every year Krishna’s birth is celebrated by his devotees across the globe on the ashtami of Krishna Paksha in Shravana Masa (according to the amanta tradition) or Bhadrapada Masa (according to the purnimanta tradition). This overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
On the occasion of Krishna’s birth, which is known as Krishna Janmashtami, many television channels run special episodes to celebrate the auspicious day. As we all know, over the years, we have seen many shows centred around Lord Krishna and television actors putting up a solid portrayal of him. Today, we will look at some famous television actors, who portrayed Lord Krishna on the small screen and will also discuss the amount they charged for it. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
#1. Nitish Bharadwaj as Lord Krishna in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat
The iconic actor, Nitish Bharadwaj is a part of almost everyone’s core memory, as he is still remembered for his portrayal of Lord Krishna in B.R. Chopra’s television series, Mahabharat.
The way Nitish Bharadwaj portrayed the character of Krishna and how he acted during the battle of Kurukshetra and Geeta Gyan is beyond words. For the unversed, Nitish Bharadwaj’s fee for playing Krishna in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat was reportedly just Rs. 3000 for a single episode back in the 1980s.
#2. Sarvadaman D. Banerjee as Lord Krishna in Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna
There’s no denying in admitting that Nitish Bharadwaj had set the standards way too high for other actors, who were playing Lord Krishna. However, it was Sarvadaman D. Banerjee’s performance in Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna that almost touched it or even surpassed it in some people’s opinions.
The talented actor received numerous awards and accolades for the same. However, not everyone knows that Sarvadaman D. Banerjee reportedly charged Rs. 10,000 per episode.
#3. Swapnil Joshi as young Krishna in Ramanand Sagar’s Shri Krishna
Iconic actor, Swapnil Joshi is one of the most popular actors in India’s television history. The reason behind this is the fact that he has been a part of two iconic Indian TV shows, Uttar Ramayan and Shri Krishna. Both the shows were directed by Ramanand Sagar.
While in Uttar Ramayan, Swapnil played Lord Ram’s son, ‘Kush’, and in Shri Krishna, he portrayed the character of a young Krishna. If the reports are to be believed, Swapnil was paid Rs. 8500 per episode for playing a young Krishna in the show.
#4. Saurabh Raaj Jain as Lord Krishna in Mahabharat
The charismatic television actor, Saurabh Raaj Jain became a household name in India when he portrayed the character of Lord Krishna in Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s epic show, Mahabharat.
The show cemented Saurabh’s stature as one of the most famous television actors in India, courtesy of how beautifully he played Lord Krishna on screen. As per reports, Saurabh Raaj charged Rs. 2.50 lakhs per episode.
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#5. Saurabh Pandey as Shri Krishna in Suryaputra Karn
Popular actor, Saurabh Pandey is another renowned name in the television industry. The handsome actor has been a part of the telly industry for so many years, but his role in the epic serial, Suryaputra Karn still lives on in his fans’ memories.
Saurabh portrayed the character of Lord Krishna in the show, and people were in love with his acting range. According to the reports, Saurabh reportedly charged between Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.50 lakhs per episode.
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#6. Sumedh Mudgalkar as young Krishna in RadhaKrishn
The young actor, Sumedh Madgalkar has managed to make a place in the hearts of viewers with his portrayal of a young Krishna in Star Bharat’s famous show, RadhaKrishn.
Whether we talk about his lovely chemistry with ‘Radha’ (Mallika Singh) and ‘Rukmini’ (Zalak Desai) or heated exchanges, Sumedh has proved the mettle of his acting skills. As per multiple reports, the handsome actor reportedly charged a sum of Rs. 65,000 per episode.
#7. Dhriti Bhatia who played baby Krishna in Jai Shri Krishna
Over the decades, we have seen so many child actors playing the role of baby Krishna in television shows and movies, and nearly all of them did an excellent job. However, if we had to choose one child actor, who simply ticked all the boxes, it has to be Dhriti Bhatia.
The child actor had a lasting impression on people’s minds even to this very day, courtesy of her expressions and acting chops. Dhriti played the character of baby Krishna in the famous show, Jai Shri Krishna and instantly made people fall in love with her portrayal of Kahna. As per reports, Dhriti was reportedly paid between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 per episode.
No doubt, all these actors portrayed Lord Krishna in their respective shows quite brilliantly. However, which one, according to you, was the best? Let us know.