Bollywood is one of the largest centers of film and entertainment in the world. It is the largest one after Hollywood.It is also referred to as the Hindi Cinema.
Bollywood has many talented actors and actresses who are receiving big bucks for every endorsement and lead roles in films. A famous actor can actually earn more than $8 million per movie and can be paid by around $1-3 million per commercial endorsement.
Here’s a list of the top 10 highest paid Bollywood actors/actresses.
10. Ajay Devgn
Ajay Devgn is not just an actor but also a director and film producer.He is one of the most popular actors in Bollywood and has won many awards in his acting career. As an actor, Devgn was able to earn about $10.3 million from his film roles in 2012. This does not include his commercial and endorsement paycheck. To date, he already had lead roles in more than 80 Hindi films. In addition, Devgn is also the first actor in Bolywood who was able to buy his own private jet, which he uses for personal trips, promotions and shooting.
9.Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan is one of the renowned Indian actors in Bollywood. He is the son of Mansoor Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore. Khan started his acting career in 1992 when he starred in the film Parampara of Yash Chopra. His first success was with the films Main KhiladiTuAnari and YehDillagi in 1994. The turning point of his acting career was in 2001 in the film DilChataHai. Khan earned around $12 million from his films in 2012.
8. Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif is a half-British, half-Indian actress. She is the daughter of Mohammad Kaif, an Indian and Susanna Tuquotte, a British citizen. Kaif started her acting career in the movie Kaizad Gustad’s Boom in 2003. She was further recognized in her roles in the movies Partner in 2007, Race in 2008, and Singh Is Kinng in 2008. Kaif earned approximately $12.3 million from her films in 2012.
Hrithik Roshan came from a family of cinema personalities. His father is Rakesh Roshan, a film director and the son of a musical director. His mother Pinky is the daughter of J Om Prakash, a producer and director. Roshan’s acting debut was in his movie Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in 2000. It was in this film where he was awarded as the Best Actor and Best Male Debut by Filmware Awards.
Roshan was able to earn about $12.9 million in his 2012 film roles. He normally charges $4 million per film. For commercial endorsements, he can earn about $300,000 per day.
Ranbir Kapoor is the son of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh. His career started by assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali, a director. Kapoor’s acting debut was in the movie Saawariya by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In this movie, he was awarded by the Filmfare Awards as the Best Male Debut. His first award as a Best Actor was in the movie Raajneeti while his second award as a Best Actor was in the movie Barfi in 2012, where he played as a deaf-mute man. Kapoor has earned $13.4 million in 2012, commercial endorsements not included.
Kareena Kapoor is one of the leading actresses in Bollywood today. Her parents, Randhir Kapoor and Babita are both actors. Her older sister is Karisma Kapoor and is also an actress. Kapoor’s acting debut was in the film Refugee in 2000. The turning point in her acting career was in the movie Chameli in 2004 where she portrayed a sex worker. She earned her Best Actress Award in the romantic comedy movie Jab We Met in 2007. She also took the lead role in the highest grossing Bollywood movie, 3 Idiots. Kapoor was earned about $13.8 million from her films in 2012.
4. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is popularly known as the “angry young man” of Bollywood in the early 1970s. He is one of the most influential actors in the Indian cinema. Bachchan, other than being an actor, also worked as an film producer, television presenter and a playback singer. Bachan earned $21.9 million in his film roles in 2012.
3. Salman Khan
Salman Khan is not just an actor. He is also a producer, television presenter, and a philanthropist. He is the son of Salim Khan, an actor and screenwriter. Khan took lead roles in more than 80 films in Bollywood. He started his acting career with his movie Biwi Ho To Aisi. His second movie Maine Pyar Kiya earned him an award from Filmfare Awards as the Best Male Debut. He also took lead roles in a barrage of successful movies such as Saajan, Karan Arjun, Darna Kaya, and Hum SaathSaathHain. Khan has earned $27.1 in his films in 2012. He usually charges $5 million per movie and $300,000 per day for commercial endorsements.
Akshay Kumar has appeared in more than 125 films in Bollywood. Other than being an Indian actor, he is also a producer and a martial artist. He has worked as a stunt actor and has performed in many dangerous scenes. He is known as the “Indian Jackie Chan.” Kumar started his acting career in the 1990s. He played lead roles in the Khiladi series which include the following movies – Khiladi, SabseBada, Main KhiladiTuAnari, Mr and Mrs Khilad, Khiladi, International Khiladi, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Khiladi 420, and Khiladi 786. Kumar earned about $33.8 million in his lead roles in 2012. He normally earns about $4 million per movie and $400,000 for his commercial endorsements per day.
1. Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is considered as the king of Bollywood. His net worth is about $600 million. He is also known as the “King of Romance,” “Badshah of Bollywood,” and “King Khan.” Khan started his acting career in Bollywood with the movie Deewana. His acting performances were recognized through the negative roles he played such as in the following movies: Darr in 1993, Baazigar in 1993, and Anjaam in 1994. Khan normally earns $5 million per movie. He has earned about $38.1 million from his films in 2012.
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