The following report is based on the list published by forbesindia on Dec 5, 2018
Earnings 2018: Rs 253.25 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 232.83 crore
An Indian film actor and producer by profession, Salman Khan is also famous for occasional playback singer and television personality.
Salman's acting debut was with the 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi, which saw him play a supporting role. He went on to play the leading role, for which he got famous, in Sooraj R. Barjatya's Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), a romantic family drama, which declared to be the highest-grossing Indian films at the time.
Earnings 2018: Rs 228.09 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 100.72 crore
Kohli is the current captain of India national team.
Kohli, a right-handed top-order batsman, is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and has been the team's captain since 2013.
Test debut (cap 269) - v West Indies, 20 June 2011
Last Test - v Australia, 26 December 2018
ODI debut (cap 175) - v Sri Lanka, 18 August 2008
Last ODI - v West Indies 1 November 2018
T20I debut (cap 31) - v Zimbabwe, 12 June 2010
Last T20I - v Australia, 25 November 2018
Earnings 2018: Rs 185 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 98.25 crore
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is a Canadian actor of Indian origin, martial artist, producer, stuntman, television personality and philanthropist who works in Bollywood films.
Akshay's first appearance was as the lead actor opposite Raakhee and Shantipriya in Saugandh (1991).
Earnings 2018: Rs 112.80 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 59.45 crore
Padukone, the highest-paid actress in India, is the recipient of several awards, including 3 Filmfare Awards. She features in listings of the nation's most popular personalities and one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 as named by TIME.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Earnings 2018: Rs 101.77 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 63.77 crore
Famous as "MS Dhoni" or "Dhoni" and even "MS", Dhoni is an Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and a wicket-keeper, he is extensively regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He is also widely known as one of the best wicket-keepers in world cricket.
Dhoni was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by The Indian Territorial Army on 1 November 2011. After Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer to receive this honour.
Time magazine's annual Time 100 list included Dhoni as one of the "Most Influential People in the World." in 2011.
Test debut (cap 251) - v Sri Lanka, 2 December 2005
Last Test - v Australia, 26 December 2014
ODI debut (cap 158) - v Bangladesh, 23 December 2004
Last ODI - v West Indies, 1 November 2018
T20I debut (cap 2) - v South Africa, 1 December 2006
Last T20I - v England, 8 July 2018
Based on the life of Dhoni, a biographical film, titled "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", was released in cinemas on 30 September 2016.
Earnings 2018: Rs 97.50 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 68.75 crore
Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan, popularly known as Aamir Khan, is an Indian film actor, filmmaker and television talk-show host.
Khan, in addition to assisting Hussain, acted in documentaries directed by the students of FTII, Pune. Noticed by the director Ketan Mehta in those films, and he was offered a role in the low-budget experimental film Holi (1984).
Earnings 2018: Rs 96.17 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 40.00 crore
Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor, television host, film producer, occasional playback singer and former politician. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Sholay, Zanjeer and Deewaar, and was called India's "angry young man" for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.
He is also referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Big B, Sadi ka Mahanayak (Hindi for, "Greatest actor of the century"), or Star of the Millennium.
Earnings 2018: Rs 84.67 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 62.63 crore
The recipient of several awards, including 2 Filmfare Awards,Ranveer Singh is among the highest-paid actors in the country and has featured in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2012.
Ranveer Singh made his debut from Band Baaja Baaraat, a romantic comedy set in the world of wedding planning. After Band Baaja Baarat, Singh signed on for a romantic comedy produced by Chopra and directed by Maneesh Sharma - Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.
Earnings 2018: Rs 80.00 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 82.50 crore
Did you know: Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most total centuries scored (100) among all international cricketers.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian international cricketer and a former captain of the Indian national team, and is regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. He is known to be the highest run scorer of all time in International cricket.
Tendulkar took up cricket at the age of eleven and made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, and later went on for close to twenty-four years to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally. He is the only player who has scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a ODI, the holder of the record for the most runs in both Test and ODI, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.
He is colloquially known as Master Blaster or Little Master, and often referred to as the God of Cricket by Indian cricket followers.
Test debut (cap 187) - v Pakistan, 15 November 1989
Last Test - v West Indies, 14 November 2013
ODI debut (cap 74) - v Pakistan, 18 December 1989
Last ODI - v Pakistan, 18 March 2012
Only T20I (cap 11) - v South Africa, 1 December 2006
Earnings 2018: Rs 74.50 crore
Earnings 2017: Rs 48.83 crore
Vishal Devgan, known professionally as Ajay Devgn, is an Indian film actor, producer and director. He is hugely considered as one of the most popular and influential actors of Hindi cinema, who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films.
He is happily married to film actress Kajol since 1999 and the couple have two children. In August 2009, on the request of his family, Devgn changed his surname from Devgan to Devgn.
Upon entering the film industry in 1991, Devgn changed his stage name from his birth name, Vishal, to "Ajay" due to several other actors named Vishal being launched at the same time. He began his professional career in Phool Aur Kaante and received a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut later on.
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