Bollywood stars are making it to the Forbes’ list of the ‘world’s top 20 highest-paid actors’. What’s not surprising at all is that SRK tops the list amongst Bollywood stars. Four Bollywood stars made it to the Forbes’ list of world’s top 20 highest-paid actors and they are none other than Shah Rukh Khan (number 8 with $33 million in earnings), Akshay Kumar (number 10 with $31.5 million), Salman Khan (number 14 with $28.5 million) and Amitabh Bachchan (number 18 with $20 million).
Shah Rukh, who was missing from the list last year, is back with a bang. Forbes wrote about SRK, “Khan continues to rule Bollywood’s box office with the lead role in hit ‘Dilwale’ and many others, earning multimillion-dollars in upfront fees and a cut of the back-end for his efforts. He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozens of brands most Americans have likely never heard of.”
Akshay Kumar, who is having a dream run in 2016 with three back-to-back films in the 100cr club, pulled in $31.5 million last year. “One of Bollywood’s busiest leading men, Kumar banked top rupee for three hit films in our scoring period. The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills: Honda motorcycles, a dairy producer and a gold loan company, among others,” Forbes wrote.
Salman Khan with his ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ has dropped a few spots from last year with $28.5 million earning. His earnings stood at $33.5 million in the previous year. Forbes wrote, “One of Bollywood’s leading men, Khan makes top rupee from movies such as ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and numerous endorsements. In May 2015 he was sentenced to five years in prison for a 2002 hit-and-run car incident which killed a homeless man; his sentence was suspended.”
Amitabh Bachchan’s earnings were also lesser than the year before. While he stood at the seventh spot last year, he took $20 million earnings, this time around. “Bollywood stalwart has starred in more than 150 movies in a career that spans five decades. The 73-year-old is busy as ever: he appeared in four films during our scoring period,” Forbes said.
The list includes actors such as Leonardo Di Caprio($27 million) , Tom Cruise($53 million) and Jackie Chan($61 million). The list was topped by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson with a fast and furious income of $64.5 million.