Bollywood is a home to more than thousands of film coming out every year. In fact, you will be surprised to know that Indian cinema is world’s largest film industry with an annual output of 1,986 films as of 2017. In such a massive manufacturing unit of films, it is however obvious that the stars are making whopping amount of money making them. If you believed that Hollywood is the only industry that nests actors minting millions, then you’re wrong. Indian movies gross despite grossing significantly less than the American-made film, but the profits they are earn is no less than that of any Hollywood film, courtesy, the small production cost. Hence, the Indian actors are still cashing good amount of money.
Here is the list of Top 10 highest-paid Bollywood actors.
Shah Rukh Khan
SRK remains Numero Uno, despite the fact that he does only one or two films every year. He earns the upfront fees and also a cut of the back-end. He not only relies on movies for his earnings but also makes good business with lucrative endorsement deals. Also, he co-owns a production house Red Chillies Entertainment, that has bankrolled many Bollywood films including his own.
Annual Earnings: $38 million
The one on the second place is none other than Salman Khan. His last release Race 3 has minted more than Rs 300-crore at the box office worldwide. Despite some of his films not doing as much as expected, Salman takes home a good amount of money with a number of advertisements and also through his clothing line Being Human.
Annual Earnings: $37 million
The third one in the list is not a Khan but a Kumar. Bollywood’s Khiladi aka Akshay Kumar ranks on the third place. His busy schedule is enough to surmise how the actor found a place in this list. Apart from the superhit films he does, he rakes in good amount of money for advertisements.
Annual Earnings: $35.5 million
Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan is earns fairly lower than his peers including Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. This can be attributed to the fact that he does lesser film as compared to the rest of the Khans. However, his pay is comprised of the profit share of his films. When it comes to advertisements, Aamir Khan doesn’t endorse a plethora of products.
Annual Earnings: $12.5 million
Hrithik Roshan finds a place for himself in the Top 5. His 2016 release Mohenjo Daro tanked at the box office but his 2017 film Kaabil fared much better. The film passed the coveted Rs 100-crore mark in just 11 days.
Annual Earnings: $11.5 millions
It is heartening to see a female actor in the list. However, the difference between Deepika Padukone and her male counterparts’ earning is massive, which indicates to the existing gender pay-gap. As per the reports, Deepika charged more than Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in her last release Padmaavat. She makes most of her money from brand endorsements including global brands like Nike, L’Oreal and Oppo.
Annual Earnings: $11 million
On the number 7 is Deepika Padukone’s rumoured beau Ranveer Singh. While not all of his films fare well at the box office, the ‘Baba’ of Bollywood makes most of his money from endorsements. He features in the commercials of many brands including CloseUp, Kellogs and Durex condoms.
Annual Earnings: $10 million
A global icon, Priyanka Chopra manages to find a place for her in the list, thanks to her American TV series Quantico. Now she has also signed a Bollywood film opposite Farhan Akhtar which also has Dangal girl Zaira Wasim in pivotal role. Apart from the films, Priyanka earns good amount of money from advertisements including international brands like P&G among others.
Annual Earnings: $10 million
The 74-year-old stellar actor definitely deserves to be in the list. He’s the oldest member in the coveted list. He earns money from both silver and small screen. He hosts the popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati which pays him in handsome amount.
Annual Earnings: $9 million
The list dates back to 2017. In 2018, Ranbir Kapoor’s place in the list is expected to move upwards owing to the massive success of his last venture Sanju. The actor has already signed a number of films even before Sanju had release in theatres. It seems like the coming few years have a lot in store for the junior Kapoor.
Annual Earnings: $8.5 million