Bollywood's highest paid actors: Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, more

Nov 02 2013, 09:23 IST
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Bollywood's Highest paid actors: Ranbir Kapoor has got himself into the top league of actors with back-to-back hits like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Barfi! Bollywood's Highest paid actors: Ranbir Kapoor has got himself into the top league of actors with back-to-back hits like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Barfi!
SummaryWe list Bollywood's highest paid actors from Ranbir Kapoor, Salman Khan, SRK and what powers them.

it a hit? Was it a flop? These things decide the remuneration. But that’s not the case always, especially for superstars who still seem to enjoy immense popularity among the audience. Adarsh opines, “One film can escalate the price, but five flop films need not always reduce it. There’s no hard and fast rule. It all depends on the producer’s capacity to give, and the actor’s ability to bring something to the film.”

Johar says, “It depends on the demand and supply. An actor may have flops, but if he’s still in demand and in the limelight, he may get paid well. It’s a combination of so many things. Only giving hits or flops is not a criteria. If there is an excess of demand for a particular actor, and he restricts the supply, obviously his prices will go up. An exceptional case will be if he finds a script which is extraordinary, and he thinks he cannot leave out on the film. At the end of the day, an actor may even ask for Rs. 50 crore, but if he’s had flops, nobody would be willing to give that much, and eventually he’ll realise that his market value has gone down.”

Biggest grossers over the years

Chennai Express (2013)

Gadar:Ek Prem Katha (2000)

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (90s)

Kranti (80s)

Sholay (70s)

Mughal-E-Azam (60s)

Mother India (50s)

Kismet (40s)

Some of the biggest earners over the years

*Composer Bappi Lahiri commanded top fees in the ’80s

*Lata Mangeshkar was the highest paid singer during her hey days

*Salim-Javed were the best paid scriptwriters of the ‘70s

*Hema Malini in the ’70s commanded fees on par with the heroes

*Shanker-Jaikishan were the highest paid composers of the ‘60s

*Asha Parekh was said to the top paid actresses of the ’60s

*Pran was the highest paid character actor

*Ruby Mayers commanded the highest fees in the ’30s

By Ankita R Kanabar

Sound of money

Music plays a vital role in deciding the fate of a film. The success of both Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Aashiqui 2 had a lot to do with music, say industry experts. This explains why composers today charge an exorbitant fee for their work.

“Music composers feel sidelined when they realise that the producers, singers or actors walk away with the accolades because of the composition they create. If the music directors charging a high fee for an album package does a good job, then it’s completely justified,” explains music

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