Bollywood is India's Mumbai-based Film Industry. Its films are famous for having dance rhythms in their content. Bollywood competes with Hollywood, and its culture has found itself in many countries through translated movies. The success story of Bollywood started in 1896 when two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, introduced cinematography in Mumbai.
Bollywood productions gained momentum in the early 2000s when the unique culture of its production started to play in significant cinema shows worldwide. Today Indian actors have received acknowledgment and call-ups from other countries. As the industry continues to grow, it has produced many wealthy actors. We have analyzed all the available sources and combined one of the most comprehensive reports on the 20 richest Bollywood actors.
20. Rajkumar Kohli- $20 million
Rajkumar Kohli is an Indian film director born into A British Indian family. He established his name in the 1970s and 1980s, where he directed popular casts such as Naukar Biwi Ka, Raaj Tilak, Nagin, and Jaani Dushman, among others. The artist also brought his son Armaan Kohli into filmmaking to expand his empire. He directed his son to shine in the Aulad Ke Dushman and Qahar movies, where they got very high returns. He is married to Nishi, an actress, and they have two children with whom they stay at Union Park, Chembur.
19. Saravanan Sivakumar- $25 Million
Popularly known by his stage name, Suriya, Saravana is an actor, television presenter, and producer. The actor has a collection of more than 52 movies. His father was an actor, and he played a significant role in shaping his career. He started acting when he was 22 years old in a movie called 'Nerrukku Ner". His role in 'Kaakha Kaakha' (2001) earned him the Best Supporting Actor in the Filmfare Awards award. Since then, he has been featured in movies almost every year. Suriya has been married to an actress, Jyothika, since 2006, and they have a daughter.
18. Ranveer Singh- $30 million
Ranveer was born in 1985 in Mumbai, India, and later proceeded to Indiana University, where he studied for a Bachelor's degree in arts. He started developing an interest while in school, where he appeared in debates and plays. He has won several awards, and one of them is the famous Debut Male award at the 56th Filmfare Awards. In addition to acting, he has been used by several companies to endorse their products.
17. Sanjay Dutt- $30 million
Mr. Sanjay Dutt kicked off his film career in 1972 with a role in the movie 'Rocky". He has also worked as a playback singer, television presenter, and voice narrator. In 1996 he turned to a movie producer and established the Sanjay Dutt Production Pvt. Ltd. As a Tv host, he was behind the famous 'Big-Boss" show, which the British Television Game Show adopted. Sanjay owns several houses in Mumbai and a collection of fancy cars. He has endorsed several brands such as; Lancome Face Wash, Mene & Moy, Gucci Rush, Comfy Mate, and Makari Classic Cream, among others.
16. Madhuri Dixit- $35 million
She has been nicknamed Bubbly or the Dhak-Dhak Girl in the movie world. She is a professional actress who was born in Mumbai in 1967. Furthermore, she graduated from Mumbai University, and after graduating, she taught microbiology before getting into the movie industry. Dixit prides herself on six Filmfare awards, the Civilian Award, and the Padma Shri Award from the Government of India. In 2014, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Apart from acting, she earns from endorsing several brands: Nutrela, Mortein, Intex, Odonil, Aquaguard, and Dabur Chyawanprash. Her fans admire him in the famous Beta, Saajan, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun movies.
15. Anushka Sharma- $35 million
According to the BIO Overview, Anushka is one of India's leading actress models and producers. In her career, she has worked with some of the greatest celebrities in the industry, such as Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, and others. She married Virat Kohli in 2017, and they have one child. Interestingly, she was brought up in a military family where she was taught basic discipline principles.
14. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- $35.5 million
Mrs. Bachchan is the most successful modeling actor in India. She has won beauty competitions, including the Miss World, Miss Photogenic, Miss Perfect Ten, Miss Popular, and the Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty (Asia and Oceania). Her acting career started in the Tamil movie Iruvar directed by Mani Ratnam. Apart from acting, she has endorsed several brands: Longines, L'Oréal Paris, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Lux, TTK Prestige, Coca-Cola, and Kalyan Jewelers. She is known for her fancy style when attending shows.
13. Shahid Kapoor- $36 million
Shahid Kapoor is a dancer and an actor. She is famous for her dialog delivery and comic timing. Shahid is among the most paid female actors in India. On her Instagram account, she has more than 30 million followers and uses a platform for advertising for several companies. Shahid is married with two children. She earns a lot from acting and Indian and international brand endorsements. Shahid has been donating to social welfare and charities. Her mother, Neelima Azeem, is also an actor in Bollywood. Her acting breakthrough was in 1999 when she acted in the 'Taal" film, where she acted as a background dancer.
12. Mithun Chakraborty- $40 million
In the Indian Movie Industry, he goes by the names Disco Dancer and The Grand Master. He was born at Gouranga Chakraborty in 1950. The actor studied at the Scottish Church College, where he graduated with a bachelor's Degree in Science, and went to the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Mithun has acted in both Hindi and Bengali Films. His fans identify him with the Jimmy character in the Disco Dancer film of 1982. He has demonstrated interest in politics as well. Mitchum owns several business entities in the hotel industry. In 1979, he married fellow actor Yogeeta Bali, with whom they have four children. In his acting career, he has won several awards at the National level and the Filmfare awards. His primary sources of income are acting, endorsements and businesses.
11. Rabin Kappor- $45 million
Rabin Kapoor is an actor and producer born in 1982 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. According to the Wiki feed, his significant sources of income are brand endorsements and movies. Kapoor forms the latest generation of Indian actors; he started acting in 2007. Kapoor is a renowned football fan who donates to organizations and charities involved in children's welfare and talent development. The film Saawariya (2007) played a massive role in marketing his talents.
10. Ajay Devyn- $55 million
Ajay Devyn was born in 1969 in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and attended Mithibai College. He is a renowned actor, film director, and producer. He joined the film industry in 1991, changing his birth name from Vishal to 'Ajay". Devyn has acted in over 30 movies and owns the Ajay Devyn FFilms production label. According to Startup Talk, he has earned a lot of money from endorsing Bagpiger, Hajmola, Lifebuoy, Whirlpool, Sirtex Easy, and other products. He has been nominated for more than 65 awards and won 19. In 2015, he established the NY VFXWAALA- a company that has already won awards as the best special effects application firm. Devyn is married with two children.
9. Dharmendra- $70 million
Dharmendra is one of the few who have balanced acting and politics. He has been an excellent Actor, Singer, film producer, and poet in the entertainment industry. His awards catalog has the Padma Bhushan, Civilian, and National Films Awards in different years. He owns the Vijayta Films production company, and in 1990, he produced the Ghayal Movie, one of the movies to win more than five awards in a single calendar year. He has been involved in live shows such as the Indian Got Talent.
8. Priyanka Chopra- $76 million
In Bollywood, she is popularly referred to as PeeCee. Her first acting role was in the Tamil Film Thamizhan in 2002. Her Instagram account has 79 million followers, and she posts different products for pay. She has endorsed several brands such as Bumble, Appy Fizz, Schmitten, Garnier, Colgate, and other huge brands. In New York, she has invested in her Sona Restaurant, a clothing label, and a homeware brand, Sona Home. Chopra is married to Nick Jonas, and they have several mansions where they stay.
7. Saif Ali Khan- $175 million
He has been one of few Indian actors who excelled in the Illuminati Movies production. Per movie, he charges an average of $1 million. Besides acting, he has endorsed Airtel and Asian Paints Royale companies which have paid him handsomely in return. The actor has been in two marriages with three children. He joined the movie industry in 1993 when he was featured in Parampara. Saif Ali Khan also has earnings from his businesses and his ancestral land.
6. Aamir Khan- $250 million
The cheeky and smiling Amir Khan is known to the World through the 3 Idiots movie. He has proved to the World that he is brilliant in acting, directing, producing, writing, and singing in both movies and talk-Tv shows. Per movie, he charges $ 4.6 million. Apart from the 3 idiots, Aamir Khan has acted in at least 61 movies, the most famous being Dangal, Secret Superstar, PK, and Thugs of Hindostan, among others. He hosts the Satyamev Jayate talk show. VIVO, Snapdeal, Coca-Cola, Tata Sky, and Godrej are among his high-paying endorsement companies. In Bollywood circles, people refer to Aamir Khan as Mr. Perfect.
5. Akshay Kumar- $325 million
Akshay Kumar's acting, film production, and TV presentation skills are outstanding. He is the primary host of the Dare 2 Dance show- a talent search show for dancers. His Hari Om Entertainment business has generated more income for his acting career. Without at least $ 7 million, you will not get his acting services in your movies. Mission Mangal, Kesari, Housefull 4, and Gold 2018 are some of his top-rated movies.
Apart from acting, his other sources of income are the endorsement of products such as Honda, Nirma, Policybazaar, Dollar, Tata Motors, Lever Ayush, Kajaria Tiles, Swarm Saathi, Ladha Group, Livguard Energy, and others. Due to his skills in martial arts acting, people often refer to him as the Indian Jack Chan.
4. Hrithik Roshan- $370 million
Roshano charges an average of $3.9 million per act. In his collection of movies, he has acted in more than 35 of them. Like his fellow actors, he has been involved in advertising products. Roshan is talented in both acting and dancing. He is the HRX Clothing line-owner that has been doing well in the central Indian cities. Bollywood movie lovers have picked Krrish, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Krrish 3and Kaho Naa as his best movies.
3. Salman Khan-$350 million
Salman is exceptionally talented in acting, film production, and Tv Presentations. A comparison of different sources indicates that he is not married. In his collection of awards, he has prestigious National Film Awards, Star Screen Awards, and Filmfare Awards, among others. Salmon has been involved in at least 127 movies. If you want his services in your movie, then be ready to part ways with at least $7.8 million. His additional income comes from endorsing different products. For his love for his sister, he named his farmhouse after her. His hobbies are collecting cars and bikes.
2. Amitabh Bachchan- $500 million
Amitabh Bachchan wears so many hats. He is not only an entertainer but also a politician. The actor has more than 50 years of acting experience; he still stands out as one of Bollywood's best. He is the owner and founder of Amitabh Bachchan Corporation and hosts the famous Kaun Banega Crorepati show. When you want him to appear in your movie, ensure you have at least $ 3.6 million. Amitabh has also earned some good money from endorsing brands for Navratna oil, Tata Sky, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, and many other products. He is a great lover of big houses and expensive cars. In his garage, you won't miss luxurious cars.
1. Shah Rukh Khan- $800 million
Popularly known as the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan was born in 1965 and attended Hansraj College. Per every movie, he charges an average of $ 5.5 million. Khan married Gauri Khan in 1991, and together they have three children. He has been involved in more than 100 movies. He also earns from endorsing brands: Videocon, Emani, Airtel, and Big Basket are some of his advertised brands. Additionally, he owns the famous Red Chilies Entertainment label and the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team. He is a great lover of cars, and he owns a collection of expensive cars.
Over the years, Bollywood has been one of the best-paying industries in the World. It has helped in the exportation of Indian culture to the World. With better regulation and more government support, Bollywood will soon be a force to reckon.
Written by Allen Lee
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