11 Bollywood’s highest paid stars heros
11. SAIF ALI KHAN
Earnings per film: Rs 7-10 crore
Born: 16 August 1970 (age 47 years), New Delhi
Height: 1.7 m
Upcoming movie: Baazaar
The 2004 romantic comedy Hum Tum proved to be Khan’s first success in which he played the sole male lead, earning him the National Film Award for Best Actor, and starring roles in the drama Parineeta and the romantic comedy Salaam Namaste (both 2005) established him as a leading actor in Bollywood.
He went on to earn wide critical praise for his portrayal of an apprentice in the 2006 English film Being Cyrus, a character based on William Shakespeare’s antagonist Iago in the 2006 crime film Omkara and a terrorist in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan. Khan’s greatest commercial success came with the 2008 thriller Race and its 2013 sequel, the 2009 romance Love Aaj Kal, and the 2012 romantic comedy Cocktail.
10. SHAHID KAPOOR
Earnings per film: Rs 15 crore
Born: 25 February 1981 (age 37 years), New Delhi
Height: 1.75 m
Kapoor earned nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for portraying a troubled businessman in Imtiaz Ali’s romantic comedy Jab We Met (2007) and twin brothers in Vishal Bhardwaj’s caper thriller Kaminey (2009). Kapoor received critical acclaim for portraying the Hamlet character in Bhardwaj’s tragedy Haider (2014) and a drug abusing singer in the crime drama Udta Punjab (2016).
For the former, he won a Filmfare Award for Best Actor and for the latter, he won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Kapoor’s highest-grossing release came in 2018 with the period drama Padmaavat, in which he played Rawal Ratan Singh.
9. RANVEER SINGH
Earnings per film: Rs 15-20 crore
Singh rose to prominence with starring roles in the acclaimed romantic drama Lootera (2013), Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romance Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013), the action-drama Gunday (2014) and the comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). Singh’s acclaimed portrayals of Bajirao I and Alauddin Khilji in Bhansali’s period dramas Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time,
8. AMITABH BACHCHAN
Earnings per film: Rs 18-20 crore
Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter. He has hosted several seasons of the game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati
7. RANBIR KAPOOR
Earnings per film: Rs 20-25 crore
Kapoor rose to prominence with his performances in the coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid (2009), the romantic comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009), and the drama Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009).
The romantic drama Rockstar (2011) and the comedy drama Barfi! (2012) earned Kapoor two consecutive Best Actor awards at Filmfare, and a starring role in the romantic comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)—one of the highest-grossing Indian films—established him as a leading Bollywood actor.
6. AJAY DEVGAN
Earnings per film: Rs 25-35 crore
In 2003, he won his second National Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Bhagat Singh in Rajkumar Santoshi’s biopic The Legend of Bhagat Singh. Throughout his career he has performed in many critically and commercially successful films including Raincoat (2004), Gangajal, (2004), Yuva (2004), Apaharan (2005), Omkara (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Golmaal Returns (2008), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Golmaal 3 (2010), Raajneeti (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan (2012), Son of Sardaar (2012), Singham Returns (2014), Drishyam (2015) and Golmaal Again (2017). He has starred in more than a hundred Hindi films. Having done so, he has established himself as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema Sanju, Brahmastra
5. AKSHAY KUMAR
Earnings per film: Rs 35-40 crore
Kumar hit a rough patch since 2009 to 2011 but came back with two successes, Housefull 2 (2012) and Rowdy Rathore (2012) with both of them grossing over ₹1 billion (US$15 million). His other films like OMG (2012), Special 26 (2012), Holiday (2014) and Gabbar Is Back (2015) were highly successful critically and commercially. From January 2016 to August 2017, he starred in five domestic net ₹100 crore plus grossers in a row with films Airlift (2016), Housefull 3(2016), Rustom (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017).
4. HRITHIK ROSHAN
Earnings per film: Rs 40-45 crore
The 2003 science fiction film Koi… Mil Gaya, for which Roshan won two Filmfare Awards, was a turning point in his career; he also appeared in its sequels: Krrish (2006) and Krrish 3 (2013). He earned praise for his portrayal of a thief in the 2006 adventure film Dhoom 2, Mughal emperor Akbar in the 2008 historical romance Jodhaa Akbar and a quadriplegic in the 2010 drama Guzaarish. He played the lead in the 2011 drama Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the 2012 revenge film Agneepath and the 2014 action comedy Bang Bang!, which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films.
3. SHAH RUKH KHAN
Earnings per film: Rs 40-45 crore
Born: 2 November 1965 (age 52 years), New Delhi
Height: 1.69 m
Upcoming movie: Zero
“Badshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood”, “King Khan”, he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide.
Khan is co-chairman of the motion picture production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries, and is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.
2. AAMIR KHAN
Earnings per film: Rs 55-60 crore
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