Salman Khan has topped Forbes India’s 2018 list of richest Indian celebrities for the third time in a row.
Salman Khan, who is currently busy shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat, is one of the most-popular Bollywood actors. If his films turn out to be blockbusters, the Bajrangi Bhaijaan of Bollywood boasts of a huge fan following. And now the 52-year-old actor has topped Forbes India’s 2018 list of richest Indian celebrities with earnings amounting to Rs 253.25 crore.
Salman has taken the top spot for the third time in a row. His earnings include his last two films – Tiger Zinda Hai and Race 3 along with television appearances and multiple brand endorsements.
Salman is followed by Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with total earnings of Rs 228.09 crore. The third position is taken by Akshay Kumar with a total gross of Rs 185 crore for the year.
Deepika Padukone, who had a spectacular run at the box office, courtesy Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, broke into the top five and has bagged the fourth poistion with earnings of Rs 114 crore.
Shah Rukh Khan, who had no release in between the considered time frame (October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018), slipped down from second position to 13th position in the list. Down by 33 percent, his earnings were estimated at Rs 56 crore.
SRK’s Don co-actor Priyanka Chopra too slipped down to 49 position with earnings of only Rs 18 crore.
The list also witnessed new entrants from the South Indian film industry. Nayantara is the only woman to make it to the list from the South Indian film industry.
The list also includes an interesting mix of debutants, including India’s EDM trailblazer Nucleya, Malayalam actor Mammootty, Telugu actor Vijay Deverakonda, Telugu director Kortala Siva, and Taapsee Pannu.