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It’s a Khan’s world: Actors who rule Bollywood

The famous surname still dominates the movie business. But let’s not forget the runners-up- Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn, Ranbir Kapoor. We have aggregated a list of the most successful B-town actors who rake in the moolah.

bollywood Updated: Jul 13, 2012 14:31 IST
Priyanka Jain

Yes, the three Khans are on this power list of male actors. We hadn’t even a sliver of a doubt that they would make it.

Actually, we’re not surprised by any of the names on this list — Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn, Ranbir Kapoor. Yup, these are the usual suspects. What surprises us are the omissions. Where are Emraan and Imran, both of whom (at least in our perception) ought to feature here?

Ah, that’s the trouble with a power list of seven instead of ten. Even the slightest distinction in detail can make all the difference.

Shah Rukh Khan
Industry vintage: 19 years
Biggest hits: Baazigar, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Dil Toh Paagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho, Om Shanti Om, My Name Is Khan, Don
Net Box office collections (last five films)
Don Rs 110.8 cr
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi Rs 86.8 cr
Billu Rs 26.66 cr
My Name Is Khan Rs 82.51 cr
RA.One Rs 107.10 cr
Total: Rs 413.81 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 20-Rs 25 cr
Endorsements: Rs 2-Rs 3 cr per day

Shah Rukh Khan

Expert opinions

Trade analyst Komal Nahta: His superstar status has come because of the blockbusters he has delivered in a row.


Actor Kareena Kapoor: He’s a bundle of energy. I’m honoured that he wanted me as part of RA.One.

Aamir Khan
Industry vintage: 24 years
Biggest hits: Rangeela, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, Ghajini, 3 Idiots
Net Box office collections (Last five films)
Fanaa: Rs 52 cr
Taare Zameen Par: Rs 62.5 cr
Ghajini: Rs 115 cr
3 Idiots: Rs 202 cr
Dhobi Ghaat: Rs 13.7 cr
Total: Rs 445.14 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 40 cr (including share in profits)
Endorsements: Rs 4 cr per day

Expert opinions
Trade analyst Komal Nahta: The public feels the movie has to be something different if it’s Aamir, so that’s additional responsibility on his shoulders.
Actor Kareena Kapoor: Aamir's body of work is unbelievable. I feel he is the maestro of the industry. I’ve been a huge fan since school, so there’s a certain sense of awe.

Salman Khan
Industry vintage: 23 years
Biggest hits: Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard
Net Box office collections
(Last five films)
London Dreams: Rs 28.95 cr
Veer: Rs 46 cr
Dabangg: Rs 138 cr
Ready: Rs 119.80 cr
Bodyguard: Rs 148 cr
Total: Rs 480 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 23 - Rs 27 cr

Salman Khan

Endorsements: Rs 1.5 cr per day



Expert opinions


Trade analyst Komal Nahta:


People are mad about Salman’s body and his natural way of acting, which looks effortless. People like to see him as the quintessential lover.


Actor Priyanka Chopra: I respect Salman tremendously. The one thing that I learnt from him was to be large-hearted both


professionally and personally.

Ranbir Kapoor
Industry vintage: Six years
Biggest hits: Wake Up Sid, Rockstar, Rajneeti
Net Box office collections
(Last five films)
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani Rs 64.60 Cr
Rocket Singh Rs 16.55 cr
Raajneeti Rs 93.7 cr
Anjaana Anjaani Rs 40.3 cr
Rockstar Rs 67.30 cr
Total: Rs 282.4 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 2.58 - Rs 10 cr
Endorsements: Rs 1.5cr - Rs 2 cr per day

Expert opinions
Trade analyst Komal Nahta: He personifies the youth of today. Girls go weak in the knees on seeing him. Other top actors are in their 40s and he is the youngest of them all.
Actor Deepika Padukone: Ranbir is an extremely good actor and has shown maturity in the kind of films he has been choosing. It’s great to have a friend like him.

Akshay Kumar
Industry vintage: 21 years
Biggest hits: Khiladi series, Dhadkan, Aitraaz, Hera Pheri, Housefull, Singh Is King, Rowdy Rathore
Net Box office collections (last five films)
Patiala House: Rs 31.2 cr
Thank You: Rs 44.7 cr

Akshay Kumar

Desi Boyz: Rs 42.41 cr


Housefull 2: Rs 109.1 cr


Rowdy Rathore: Rs 124.50 cr


Total: Rs 351.82 cr


Acting fee per film: Rs 18- Rs 22 cr


Endorsements: Rs 1.5- Rs 2 cr per day



Expert opinions


Trade analyst Komal Nahta: Akshay is superb in action and graceful in dance. His sense of comedy is legendary. He does more films than anyone else and divides the risk so you will see him doing four-five films a year.


Actor Sonakshi Sinha: Akshay is always punctual. He finishes work on time and is jovial on sets, making others around him laugh.

Ajay Devgn
Industry vintage: 21 years
Biggest hits: Phool Aur Kaante, Omkara, Company, Golmaal series, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Singham
Net Box office collections (Last five films)
Toonpur Ka Super Hero: Rs 3.50 cr
Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji: Rs 28 cr
Singham: Rs 100.7 cr
Rascals: Rs.49 cr
Tezz: Rs 15 cr
Total: Rs 181 cr
Acting fee per film: Rs 10 - Rs 16 cr
Endorsements: Rs 1 - Rs 1.5 cr per day

Expert opinions
Director Pritish Nandy: He’s always had an intense quality that made him an instant choice for brands that sought mystique. But Singham has killed that. He needs to find a coherent image.
Producer Ekta Kapoor: He immortalised Sultan Mirza in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. I have huge regard for him.

Hrithik Roshan
Industry vintage: 13 years

Hrithik Roshan

Biggest hits: Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Koi Mil Gaya, Krissh, Dhoom 2, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Agneepath


Net Box office collections


(Last five films)


Jodhaa Akbar: Rs 59.02 cr


Kites: Rs 49.3 cr


Guzaarish: Rs 29.32 cr


Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Rs 90.16 cr


Agneepath: Rs 6 cr


Total: Rs 350.4 cr


Acting fee per film: Rs 15.5 - Rs 20 cr


Endorsements: Rs 1.25 - Rs 1.5 cr per day



Expert opinions

Trade analyst Komal Nahta: He is quite meticulous in picking and choosing his films. He gives his heart, body, soul to the project. The dedication and sincerity show in his work.


Actor Priyanka Chopra: He has taught me to focus and keep going despite all odds.