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

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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.

industry, newbies don’t really enjoy that kind of money. “Newcomers get paid somewhere in the bracket of Rs.10 lakhs to a crore. If a newcomer is a star-son/daughter, and the film-maker is good, then a token amount of money is given, may be a few lakhs. But if the newcomer is not from the industry, then he could be getting as much as Rs.10 lakhs or so, depending on the project and the pricing of a film,” says Johar.

One of the crucial factors that decides an actor’s fee depends on the performance of his recent films at the box-office. Was 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

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