Bollywood actors are demigods in India for their looks, physique and skills in acting, dancing and singing. The highest paid Bollywood actors of 2013 on this list are then considered as demigods in their own right with their legions of fans, their stratospheric appearance fees, and their material wealth.
The figures used are in US dollars, which have been converted from the crore figures. The format is: Name of actor, acting fee per film, and endorsement fee per day.
10. Amitabh Bachchan ($977,000; $244,000)
Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan (11 October 1942) was once called a one-man industry because of his total dominance of the Indian film industry in the 1970s and 1980s. He is the original “angry young man” at the beginning of his popularity in the early 1970s but his reputation nowadays is that of a multi-awarded, well-respected, and still-popular actor as well as a film producer, television presenter and playback singer.
9. Imran Khan ($1.14 Million; $81,000)
Imran Khan (13 January1983) is the nephew of the Famous and talented Aamir Khan. He appeared as the child actor in two films but made his adult acting debut in 2008. Aside from being one of the highest paid Bollywood actors of 2013, Imran is regarded as one of the most popular and good-looking actor of recent times.
8. Saif Ali Khan ($1.629 Million; $122,000)
Saif Ali Khan (16 August 1970) comes from a prestigious family – he is the son of Mansoor Ali Khan, the last Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore – but his mark on Indian cinema is to his credit. He is a multi-awarded actor with a string of successful films, both in the critical and commercial aspects, under his belt including Hum Tum, Love Aaj Kal, and Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai.
7. Ajay Devgan ($2.606 Million; $244,000)
Ajay Devgan (2 April 2 1969) is not just one of the highest paid Bollywood actors of 2013 but he is also a director and producer in addition to his status as a multi-awarded film actor; he has won National Film Awards aside from winning the heart of critics and fans alike. Most of his films have been box office successes including Jigar, Suhaag, and Ishq, to name a few.
6. Hrithik Roshan ($3.257 Million; $244,000)
Hrithik Roshan (10 January 1974) was a child actor in the 1980s but his breakthrough role came in 2000, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. He has earned several awards from the Filmfare Awards, among other award-giving bodies. His appeal in Bollywood continues to make him one of the most bankable stars with blockbuster films like Koi Mil Gaya, Krrish, and Agneepath.
5. Ranbir Kapoor ($3.257 Million; $326,000)
Ranbir Kapoor (28 September 1982) has 5 Filmfare Awards under his belt as well as commercially successful films like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. His brand of acting can be attributed to both his parentage and his Method training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
4. Akshay Kumar ($3.583 Million, $326,000)
Akshay Kumar (9 September 1967) is a well-known Indian film actor but he is also an accomplished film producer and martial artist. His wide range of acting skills has made him highly popular in most genres of cinema from action to drama, romance and comedy, thus, explaining his place as one of the highest paid Bollywood actors of 2013.
3. Shahrukh Khan ($4.072 Million including his share of the profits; $489,000)
When you are Shahrukh Khan (2 November 1965), you have earned the right to be called a number of great names including King Khan, Badshah of Bollywood, and King of Romance. His wide range of acting genres continues to make him one of the most bankable stars in Indian cinema while his acting awards including 14 Filmfare Awards has assured his place as one of the greatest actors in Bollywood.
2. Salman Khan ($4.886 Million including his share of the profits; $326,000)
Salman Khan (27 December 1965) has his hands full with jobs as film actor, producer, and television presenter as well as philanthropist. He holds the record for being the only actor with the highest-grossing films for 9 separate years in Bollywood, said films of which Dabangg, Ek Tha Tiger, Ready, Bodyguard, and Dabangg 2. It’s no wonder then that he remains as one of the highest paid Bollywood actors of 2013.
1. Aamir Khan ($6.515 Million including his share of the profits; $651,000)
Aamir Khan (14 March 1965) is yet another actor whose magnetism on and off the big screen continues to entrance his legions of fans while also attracting new converts. Think of Aamir Khan as an industry on his own and you have an idea of his influence in Bollywood. Add that to his first place rank in the highest paid Bollywood actors of 2013 and he can rest easy for the rest of his life but he chooses not to.