Forbes recently came out with the list of the top paid 100 celebs in the world, and guess what…our Bollywood A-listers are among the highest paid actors not just in India, but in the world.
Anurag Kashyap Talks About ‘Wide Gap’
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is not impressed with the Forbes list (that features Bollywood stars alongside rich Hollywood stars) and feels that its not fair to Indian filmmakers and to production houses (many of which are on the brink of shutting down).
The films in which Hollywood actors feature earn millions and billions. On the other hand, a big Bollywood film earns about Rs 300 crore (much less in comparison to a Hollywood film).
Despite this huge gap, Indian actors made it to the list.
However, Anurag asserted that it’s not the fault of actors but the producers who agree to pay them such whopping amounts.
Top Bollywood stars now get paid as much as their Hollywood counterparts
Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, they all feature in the Forbes list of the world’s richest celebrities, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Lawrence and Taylor Swift.
The World’s 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities pulled in $5.1 billion (before tax) in the last 12 months, more than the GDP of countries Belize, Gambia and Bhutan–combined.
Surprisingly the list now includes several celebrities from around the world. So besides the Hollywood celebs, the list includ Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Korean pop sensation Bigbang, and Bollywood stars from India.
However, the gender pay gap remains an issue, even in Hollywood.
As per the Forbes list:
Shah Rukh Khan took home 33 million (Rs 221 crore approximately). SRK earns multimillion dollars as fees (paid upfront) and a cut of the profits. He also earns a lot from endorsement deals. Shah Rukh earned as much as Robert Downey Jr but more than Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Chris Pratt.
Akshay Kumar earned $31,500,000 last year. He earned more than Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg and DiCaprio. This year has been pretty good for Akshay till now (Airlift, Housefull 3 and Rustom), we can expect him to climb up a few spots on Forbes’ list next year.
Salman Khan’s earning was $28.5 million, more than Will Smith, DiCaprio and Chris Pratt.
Amitabh Bachchan (who’s busy as ever even at this age) earned $20 million, more than Harrison Ford and Matthew McConaughey.
Deepika Padukone earned $10 million (much less than her male counterparts) but she remains the highest-paid actress in India.