In spite of 2017 going down as probably the worst financial year in Bollywood’s history, there are some actors who’ve remained unaffected by it all. Such is their stardom and aura, not to mention their host of other ventures like brand endorsements and production deals that the year’s diminishing box-office returns haven’t seemed to affect them one bit. At least that’s what their earning suggest. So, without further ado, here are Bollywood’s highest-paid actors of 2017:
|Shah Rukh Khan||$38 million|
|Salman Khan||$37 million|
|Akshay Kumar||$35.5 million|
|Aamir Khan||$12.5 million|
|Hrithik Roshan||$11.5 million|
|Deepika Padukone||$11 million|
|Priyanka Chopra||$10 million|
|Ranveer Singh||$10 million|
|Amitabh Bachchan||$9 million|
|Ranbir Kapoor||$8.5 million|
Once again, Shah Rukh Khan tops the list, showing that neither the underperformance of his last few films nor hearsay in some circles about his status quo in Bollywood can affect the man’s stardom in the slightest. Close on SRK’s heels is his good friend, Salman Khan, who profited as much from Bigg Boss as he did from his movies. Akshay Kumar’s third, and with the number of releases he has each year coupled with each of them hitting the bulls-eye. We must say that we aren’t in the least bit surprised.
It’s also telling that there’s so much disparity between the top three and the others on the list, which shows how SRK, Salman, and Akki rule Hindi cinema at the moment. What’s surprising is that Aamir Khan, too, is miles away from them in terms of earnings, which goes to show that blockbusters don’t necessarily make you the richest actor. The aura of a star and ancillary projects also play a big part. It’s heartening though to see two ladies, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, on the list, as it’s to see younger stars like Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor break into the big league. Finally, we have to tip our hats to that grand old doyen of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, who, after all these years, is still giving actors decades younger to him a run for their money.
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