Bollywood industry is one of the emerging industries in the world. So it is only natural to assume that the stars drive the industry. Stardom is like a force of nature. In India Bollywood stars have the largest following in the country. The stars here are looked upon by a population of over a billion people. Everything they do or say is talked about regardless of how big or small it might be. The main reason for this being India’s love for cinema. Indians love to be entertained be and watching films is the most preferred source of entertainment for the country. As they watch their stars over and over again on-screen people develop an interest in the star itself. They form an attachment with the artist that lasts even after they are done watching the movie. Everything that a star says has a huge impact on the opinion of people and to some extent even changes it.
Bollywood industry is one of the most popular film industry in the whole world. As per 2018, Bollywood was the largest film industry as per movies output. In short, Bollywood movies are grossing a good amount of profit and money.
Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is not just an artist he is a brand on his own. Shah Rukh Khan started his career with a TV show called Fauji in 1988 and is now said to be second richest actor in the world. Shah Rukh currently earns more than Hollywood bigwigs such as Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp and only falls behind the stand-up comic legend Jerry Seinfeld. His true journey to being the mega star began after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. The movie attracted cult following and is still running a matinee show at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir. Every Indian has seen the film multiple times and most of them can even recite the lines from the film. His global appeal does not even come close to any other Indian celebrity. When My Name is Khan was about to be screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012, the tickets for the movie were sold out within a mere five minutes. He was also the third Indian to be honoured with a wax statue at the very popular Madame Tussads Wax Museum. Besides all the work, he is also popular because he is an amazing human being at the end of the day. He might be the biggest star in the country currently but he will never shy from admitting a mistake or criticizing himself. That is why it can be said he is one of the biggest influencers of the country.
Years active: 1988 – present
Notable Films: Happy New Year, DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Chennai Express
DOB: November 2, 1965 (age 49)
Annual Earnings: $38 million
From a boy next door Prem to the lethal and ruthless Tiger, Salman Khan has sure come a long way in his career. His crazy fans being so attached to him speaks volumes about his success. Right from his debut, Salman has begun making trends. Until Salman entered the industry the physique of an actor wasn’t considered to be extremely important. But his shirtless avatar changed all that. After his debut, not only actors started giving more priority for developing a good physique but Salman also managed to influence the youth of our nation which pushed them to working hard on their body. Even now, whatever Salman Khan does ends up being a trend. Be it a dialogue or hairstyle, a song or something even as basic as a bracelet. It is no surprise that Salman Khan is one of the biggest influencers of the country. Salman also has the reputation for introducing and nurturing fresh talent in the industry. He has introduced many artists in the industry over the years and he also makes sure they are able to get quality work to showcase their talent.
Years active: 1988 – present
Notable Films: Kick, Ek Tha Tiger, Jai Ho, Wanted, Maine Pyar Kiya
DOB: December 27, 1965 (age 49)
Annual Earnings: $37 million
If Shah Rukh Khan is the “King” of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan is the “Emperor”. Amitabh Bachchan is probably the first mega star that the country has seen. He literally defines what it means to be a celebrity. And he’s also the gold standard for the industry when it comes to acting. Even after being loved by millions not only in India but the world he still somehow manages to remain grounded and humble. He has been around since that long. And during these decades of work he has never let the ball drop once and has always remained dedicated to his work. Even today at the age of 75 his dedication to movies remains strong as ever. Even his deep baritone is something that people immensely admire about him as he is often seen lending his voice for movies narrations.
Years active: 1969 – present
Notable films: Sholey, Deewar, Zanjeer, Don, Agneepath, Black, Paa, Hum, Pink
DOB: October 11, 1942, Allahabad
Annual Earnings: $9 million
Priyanka Chopra is what you call an all-round package. She is an actress, singer, dancer, producer and the list just goes on and on. Right from the moment she was crowned as the Miss World in 2000 the world knew that a star has arrived. She is one of the most commercially successful actresses that Bollywood has ever seen. She has become a popular figure all over the world after recording a single with internationally renowned rapper Pitbull. Hollywood spoon opened its doors to her and she was able to land the lead role in the prestigious action series Quantico, which is about to enter in its third season. She also starred in the Hollywood movie “Baywatch” alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Effron. Besides having an illustrious career in films her work towards social causes also is equally amazing. She has worked with UNICEF for the last ten years and was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively
Akshay Kumar is one of the most underrated actors that we have in the industry. Just like Shah Rukh Khan, he is a self-made star. He started of his journey as a waiter in a restaurant and has worked his way up to being considered as one of the biggest actors in our country. The two main reasons that has helped Akshay Kumar achieve such a great feat is his hard work and talent. He is without a doubt one of the most hardworking actors in the country. Recently, Akshay has changed the nature of films that he is acting in. Originally known for his action and comedy oriented films the superstar is now making movies that shed light on some social issue. He is trying to influence the audience through his movies which is an extremely smart move as people even in remote corners of the country do watch movies. He also is always trying to encourage people for taking physical fitness seriously. He has been organising a martial arts tournament for some years and is often seen at events related to sports or fitness in general.
Years active: 1991 – present
Notable Films: Rowdy Rathore, Boss, Khiladi 786, OMG – My God, Hera Pheri
DOB: September 9, 1967 (age 47)
Annual Earnings: $35.5 million
Deepika Padukone career skyrocketed right from her debut but still, she manages to always stay humble. It’s been over a decade now since the actress made her way in the industry. But she already became a darling for the people since her debut in Om Shanti Om. Deepika Padukone acting career is a brilliant example if anyone wants to know how to crack the Bollywood code. Every performance of her has been better than the previous one and now with Padmaavat she’s set the bar quite high. Deepika also was seen in the Hollywood movie XXX : The return of Xander Cage which again goes to show her popularity is not only limited to India but around the world. In January 2015, Deepika openly spoke about her depression and unlike most people she actually tried doing something about it. She went on to launch “Live, Love, Laugh” a foundation that helps people fighting depression
Sonam Kapoor made her debut over a decade ago opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya. Since then she was seen in some amazing movies like Ranjhanaa and in Neerja which also saw her receive a lot of appreciation for her performance as an airhostess who manages to save the lives of many people on a hijacked plane. Besides her acting, Sonam Kapoor is also very popular for her fashion sense. She is always on top of style trends and always is spotted wearing something fresh and stylish. Her appearances on red carpet are always talked about and to be honest she has been nailing it ever since her first appearance on the red carpet. She never plays by the fashion rulebook and adds an individual touch to her outfits which make them more unique. Her appearances on the red carpet of international events manage to outshine some of Hollywood’s most loved. She has launched her own label which is going great guns as well.
Alia Bhatt is amongst the next gen of actors which will take over the industry in the years to come. Although she isn’t as experienced as people with whom she is working with it, her lack of experience isn’t reflected in her work. Ever since her debut in “Student of the year” she has come a long way. Each passing film has seen her up her game. The fact that she chose to do off-beat film like “Highway” after a typical commercial flick that was Student Of The Year goes to show she isn’t shy of experimenting. She further went on to prove her versatility as an actress with films like Udta Punjab where she plays a small town girl who has a harrowing time and yet comes up trumps. Along with her acting skills, she is also known for her singing as she has she won hearts with her voice by singing in movies like Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Udta Punjab.
Shahid Kapoor is Bollywood’s ultimate chocolate boy. Ever since his debut he had girls swooning over his good looks. And along with good looks one thing that Shahid Kapoor has in abundance is talent. His acting in movies like Kaminey and Haider was appreciated by the critics as well as the audience. And with Padmaavat, that trend seems to be continuing as the film has opened to amazing reviews and is already on its way to being an all-time blockbuster.
Varun Dhawan checks all the boxes of requirements of a Bollywood actor. He is an amazing actor, very good-looking and an incredible dancer. Varun Dhawan has built his reputation as one of the most successful actors amongst the current crop of young stars and is also one of the most saleable of the lot. He began his career along with Alia Bhatt and Siddarth Malhotra in Karan Johar’s “Student Of The Year” and since then there was no looking back. The biggest plus point of Varun Dhawan’s career are his box-office collections. Every film he’s starred in has proved profitable and he has maintained this record by experimenting with different kinds of films and proving his versatility as an actor. His performance in Badlapur is regarded as one of his finest works so far. In which he proved that alongwith the typical commercial hero he can also play the role of an intense and ruthless character just as convincingly. His recent release Judwaa 2 was one of the highest grossers of 2017. He is definitely a super star in the making.
So, these were our top 10 Bollywood actors that took our heart away and made us whistle loudly by their performances. Bollywood industry being that largest worldwide, has a lot more to achieve and a lot more to deliver.