While our favourite Bollywood celebs are pretty rich themselves, thanks to their multi-crore budget films or brand endorsements, many of them ventured into television to try their luck there. Not as actors, but these celebs became celebrities as reality show judges and earned insanely after donning this new hat. Their presence not only marked a new revolution in TV viewing, but made them richer with this new role.
Let’s have a look at top 10 celebs from the industry who earned very handsomely as judges on reality TV shows and the list will definitely leave you shocked!
1. Madhuri Dixit – Nach Baliye and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
Madhuri Dixit’s dancing prowess is undeniable and her fans got the treat of their lives when she came back on the screen for judging two dance shows: “Nach Baliye”, and later, four seasons of “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa”. She was paid Rs. 1 crore per episode till the 7th season of “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” in which she danced with Anil Kapoor at the finale. She is coming back with her own dance show called “Dance Deewane“.
2. Hrithik Roshan – Just Dance
Already famous for his flexibility and surprisingly fit movements considering his 44 years of age, Hrithik Roshan is another Bollywood celebrity reality show judge. You saw him in “Just Dance“, for which he charged a whooping Rs. 2 crore per episode (no, not per season!).
3. Karan Johar – Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
Bollywood’s gossip machine Karan Johar may not be an actor but he’s as entertaining AF. Besides being a successful director and every celeb’s best friend, KJo has also judged a couple of reality shows to his credit – “Jhalak Dikhla Jaa” being one of them. And for that, he charged Rs. 10 crore for each season!
5. Shahid Kapoor – Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
It was a fresh change to see former dancer and now Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor as a judge for a dance reality show. His love for dance was evident when he donned the cap as a judge for his TV debut in 2015 with “Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Reloaded”. Shahid charged charged Rs. 1.75 crore per episode to judge this show.
6. Jacqueline Fernandez – Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa
The “Chittiyaan Kallaiyaan” girl gave us real dance momentum and therefore, it wasn’t surprising to see her judge the ninth season of “Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa” soon after. Undoubtedly a skilled dancer, the gorgeous Jacqueline was paid Rs. 1.25 crore per episode for judging the celebrity dance show!
7. Shilpa Shetty – Nach Baliye, SuperDancer
Shilpa Shetty is rich enough as a Yoga teacher, millionaire wife and through various brand endorsements. She has also earned alot as a reality TV show judge. She started with “Nach Baliye”, “Zara Nachke Dikha” and “Jhalak Dikhla Jaa”. And now, Shilpa has earned a whooping Rs 14 crore from the first season of a new kid’s reality show called “SuperDancer”.
8. Sonakshi Sinha – Nach Baliye
She definitely rocked the floor with her killer moves with Shahid Kapoor and Salman Khan in Bollywood. Her popularity as a dancer is so high that Sonakshi cashed in on it as a judge in the last season of “Nach Baliye”. For that, she walked away with an astonishing Rs. 1 crore per episode!
9. Malaika Arora Khan – India’s Got Talent
Malaika Arora is one of the hottest celebrity judges there could ever be. The fit 44-year-old mesmerised us when she danced on a train roof with SRK in “chaiyaan chaiyyan”. As a judge, she earned Rs. 1 crore per season of dance reality show “India’s Got Talent”.
10. Kirron Kher – India’s Got Talent
Mrs Kher is known as the Punjabi mom on-screen but she’s not only just popular as a talented actress but as a wise businesswoman as well. Kirron Kher, apart form her rare filmy appearances, has earned at least Rs. 2 crore per season as a judge on “India’s Got Talent”.