Bollywood films and actors have a special place in the hearts of the Indian people. Hardly anyone stays unaffected by the looks, style and persona of these actors. Age is no bar to this peculiar kind of worshiping. A 10-year old child and a retired person may have nothing in common. However, when it comes to Bollywood, you will find both having their favorite actor and films.
Bollywood has been a platform for earning in millions for these revered stars. They charge very high price for their roles. Listed below are the actors who figure as top ten highest paid Bollywood stars:
1. Shah Rukh Khan
He is known for his elegant and heart-touching acting. His acting is appreciated world over. He has earned a great name in the film industry. He started his career as a TV star in the late 1980s. He debuted with the Bollywood blockbuster Deewana. He also appeared in a negative role in Baazigar and stole hearts as a villain. After giving these hits, he has continued to excel in his career.
He is married to Gauri and has two kids. Now, Shah Rukh Khan is brand ambassador of many products. He has endorsed many big brands like Dabur Chyavanprash, Pepsi and Fair & Lovely Handsome. He lives with his family in a seaside bungalow called Mannat. He earns around $15 million.
2. Amir Khan
Amir Khan holds the second position among the highest earners. He is a complete package for Bollywood movies. He is a versatile actor, director and producer. His recent movie 3 Idiots was a blockbuster. He also gave a great performance in the movie Dhobi Ghaat, directed by his wife, Kiran Rao.
He started appearing in movies right since his childhood. He acted as a child actor in Yaadon Ki Baarat. This film was produced by Nasir Hussain. Amir Khan started his career as an adult actor from the movie Holi, released in 1984. His first successful movie as a hero was Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. It was released in 1988. He achieved national film award for the same. He also bagged many awards for Raja Hindustani. Lagan deserves a special mention as this movie was nominated for an Oscar. His recent avatar in Ghajini has enthralled many.
Amir has also appeared in numerous commercials like Titan watches and Samsung mobiles. He was also appointed the brand ambassador of UNICEF for raising child nutrition awareness. His approximate earning is $13.5 million.
3. Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar is the third in the list of highest-paid actors. He is the biggest name in Bollywood when it comes to action-based movies. He started his career with Khiladi movie series like Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khiladi 420 and International Khiladi. He is very well known for doing his own stunts. He has also earned his name in other aspects of acting like as a lover boy, a villain, a serious son, a devoted husband and a comedy hero.
He has attained a great name in comedy movies like Hera Pheri, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Garam Masala. He has also made his presence on TV screen with shows like Khatron Ke Khiladi and Master Chef India. He is married to Twinkle Khanna, an interior decorator. He earns nearly $12.5 million.
4. Salman Khan
Next in the list is body-builder Salman Khan. He has acted in movies like Maine Pyaar Kiya Saajan, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Khamoshi. He has displayed his acting talent as a mushy hero in Saajan and as a comic hero in Andaaz Apna-Apna. His outstanding performance in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun made him a heartthrob of millions of people all over the world.
Salman Khan has been involved in court-cases related to underworld mafia and poaching. In spite of these setbacks, Salman has maintained his position as an lovable hero in the Bollywood. He earns $ 7.5 million annually.
5. Amitabh Bacchan
Living life creatively, lively and in an artistic way is Big B’s forte. He is a man of changing styles. Born on 11th October 1942, he is known as the original “angry young man”. This image has won him a number of film awards and the list includes National Award and 14 Filmfare awards too.
He is one of the highest nominated actors of the times. His charismatic presence charms all. Until date, he is ruling the Bollywood. He has endorsed many products that has earned him huge income along with name and fame.
He also worked as film producer, playback singer and as a television host. His Kaun Banega Crorepati has been the biggest hit in the television world. He earns around $3 million yearly.
6. Hrithik Roshan
He is one of the most talented actors in the Bollywood. His breathtaking dance and superb acting have taken him to great heights of success. He is also known as Greek God for his appearance. He has been appearing in films since his childhood days.
His first debut in a major role was in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, which was a mega hit in the Bollywood. He gave other hits in Dhoom 2, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Mission Kashmir. Koi Mil Gaya displayed his great acting talent where he played the role of a mentally-challenged child. This movie was much appreciated and Hrithik earned lot of name and fame. He has endorsed many products that earned him more income.
7. Katrina Kaif
She has a total earning of $ 3.9 million annually. She first appeared in the film Boom that did not prove to be lucky for her. After appearing in number of movies, she finally got success with Namastey London. She has never looked back since.
8. Abhishek Bachchan
He is the son of Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai’s husband. He is mainly appreciated for his serious roles. He delivered a very powerful acting in Guru and Raavan, where he starred opposite Aishwarya Rai. He earns $3.1 million annually.
9. Kareena Kapoor
She debuted with Abhishek Bachchan in Refugee and was appreciated for her acting. Kareena has received recognition in Bollywood faster than her elder sister Karishma Kapoor could during her own journey. Her slim figure in Tashan created a controversy regarding bad effects of a size zero figure.
Some of her hit films are Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, 3 idiots and Qurbaan. Her role in Chameli was critically acclaimed. Her income is $3 million annually.
10. Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai has been the Miss World and has gained worldwide recognition for her captivating beauty. She earns $1.5 annually. Her debut movie Jeans was not a hit movie in Bollywood.
She started gaining success with Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. This movie brought her a big name in Bollywood as she became known for her superior acting skills and dancing. Some of her other hits are Dhoom 2 opposite Hrithik Roshan and Devdas with Shah Rukh Khan.
Bollywood stars can earn so much because their fans do not show any reservations when it comes to adulation. What makes these actors so adorable? Why people are so mesmerized by them? Well, it is hard to find an answer for the same because the answers would be as countless as the number of fans of these Bollywood stars.
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