Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among the world’s highest paid actors of 2016, raking as many dollars as Hollywood heavyweights Robert Downey Jr and Brad Pitt, according to a Forbes list topped by wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson.
Shahrukh, whose repertoire contains films from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge to Chak De India, is ranked 8th on the list of 20 of the ‘World’s Highest Paid Actors 2016’, tied with ‘Iron Man’ Downey Jr with earnings of USD 33 million.
Akshay is tied with Hollywood heartthrob Pitt for the 10th position with earnings of USD 31.5 million.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Salman is ranked 14th on the list with earnings of USD 28.5 million, ahead of Oscar-winning actor Leonardo Dicaprio, who is ranked 15th with earnings of USD 27 million and ‘Independence Day’ star Will Smith who comes in on the 17th spot with USD 20.5 million.
Bachchan is on the 18th rank with earnings of USD 20 million, ahead of Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (19) and Star Wars legend Harrison Ford (20). The list of the top-earning actors comes days after Forbes released the list of the highest-paid actores in the world.
In Forbes’ rankings, all of the highest-paid actores are under 50, while 45 per cent of the actors are 50-plus, with Ford and Bachchan in their 70s.
On Shahrukh, Forbes said he continues to rule Bollywood box office, and earns multimillion-dollars upfront fees and a cut of the back end for his efforts.“He also cashes in on endorsement deals for dozes of brands most Americans have likely never heard of,” it said.
Akshay banked top rupee for his hit films. “The action star bolsters his earnings endorsing a wider range of products than most Hollywood shills,” Forbes said.
It described the Sultan superstar as “one of Bollywood’s leading men,” who makes top rupee from films such as Bajrangi Bhaijaan and numerous endorsements.