Top Actors in Bollywood – September 2013

List by film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja

Continuing our two-monthly feature, here is the updated list of Top 5 Actors in Bollywood

  • This list would be based on the approximate box office outcome (Nett collections) of their last five movies
  • Only lead roles would be considered. Cameos, special appearances and guest appearances won’t be taken under consideration
  • Dated movies won’t be taken under consideration
  • Only domestic box office performance is being taken into account

Top Actors In Bollywood

Salman Khan Actor

Salman Khan – Dabangg 2 (160 cr), Ek Tha Tiger (199 cr), Bodyguard (141 cr), Ready (121 cr), Dabangg (141 cr)
Salman Khan Total Movie Collections: 762 crore (Average per film: 152.4 cr)

Despite having no release in the year gone by, Salman Khan still stays on the top. Reason being that the sum total of collections generated from his last five films has not yet been surpassed by any other superstar.

This would stay on till year end too since 762 cr is a huge number to be surpassed. Moreover with Mental / Azaad coming in the month of January next year, expect the gap to be further widened.

Shahrukh Khan Actor

Shahrukh Khan – Chennai Express (227 crore), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (122 cr), Don 2 (106 cr), Ra. One (115 cr), My Name Is Khan (73 cr)
Shahrukh Khan Total Movie Collections: 641 crore (Average per film: 128.2 cr)

With ‘Chennai Express’ turning out to be an enormous blockbuster, Shahrukh has narrowed the gap between him and Salman to a good extent. Still, there is a shortfall of over 100 crore.

Considering the fact that Shahrukh would have lesser number of releases in months to come (as of now he is only doing ‘Happy New Year’), it would be some time before he takes a big shot at the Numero Uno spot. Still, the gap between him and the number three in the list is pretty big.

Ranbir Kapoor Actor

Ranbir Kapoor – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (190 cr – Expected), Barfi! (110 cr), Rockstar (68 cr), Anjaana Anjaani (40 cr), Raajneeti (93 cr)
Ranbir Kapoor Total Movie Collections: 501 cr (Average per film: 100.2 cr)

Courtesy his largely consistent run over the years, Ranbir Kapoor stays on to his Number 3 spot. However he can’t afford to take it easy since his he would need to demonstrate this in months to come as well, what with ‘Besharam’ arriving next. If Ranbir has to beat Shahrukh for the second spot, Besharam would have to collect Rs 233 crore at the domestic box office! Think it is possible?

Aamir Khan Actor

Aamir Khan – Talaash (90 cr), Dhobi Ghat (14 cr), 3 Idiots (202 cr), Ghajini (115 cr), Taare Zameen Par (63 cr)
Aamir Khan Total Movie Collections: 484 cr (Average per film: 96.8 cr)

Meanwhile, Aamir Khan is now ready with his next biggie ‘Dhoom 3’. While it is a given that the film will be huge, ‘how huge’ is what would make Aamir rush past the Number 3 spot and possibly go even higher.

Both from collections as well as average perspective, Aamir is quite close to Ranbir which means ‘Besharam’ vs ‘Dhoom 3’ battle holds all the more significance. For example, if Besharam collects around 140 crore at the box office, then Dhoom 3 would have to collect just 127 crore for Aamir to go past Ranbir and take the No 3 spot. Aamir also has a chance to go past Shahrukh Khan. For that to happen, Dhoom 3 needs to collect Rs 221 crore or more at the box office. Doing so will also give Aamir a great chance of ending the year with the highest grosser! The top spot looks way beyond reach, as D3 has to collect 341 crore for Aamir to go past Salman – which just goes to show how incredibly consistent Salman has been over the last 3 years or so.

Akshay Kumar Actor

Akshay Kumar – Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara (63 cr), Special 26 (70 cr), Khiladi 786 (71 cr), Rowdy Rathore (133 cr), Joker (35 cr)
Akshay Kumar Total Movie Collections: 372 cr (Average per film: 74.4 cr)

Big money was put on ‘Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara’ and despite the film not doing well, Akshay has moved on fast. Fortunately for him, none of the other actors (who are below him in the box office ranking) could score a biggie in the last two months due to which there was no threat whatsoever.

With ‘Boss’ round the corner, he could well be assured of a comfortable position in the Top-5 for some more time to come. However Hrithik Roshan is pretty much arriving full throttle with ‘Krrish 3’, hence narrowing the gap with Akshay as far as collections earned in last five films is concerned.

If Akshay has to go past Aamir to take the 4th spot, Boss would have to collect 148 crore or more.

The ones who can break into Top-5 in months to come:

  • Hrithik Roshan – (Agneepath (120 cr), Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara (90 cr), Guzaarish (30 cr), Kites (49 cr), Jodhaa Akbar (63 cr) [Forthcoming film: Krrish 3] - Total: 352 cr (Average per film: 70.4 cr)
  • John Abraham – (Madras Café (45 cr), Shootout at Wadala (62 cr), I, Me aur Main (9 cr), Race 2 (102 cr), Housefull 2 (114 cr)) [Forthcoming film: Welcome Back] - Total: 332 cr (Average per film: 66.4 cr)
  • Ajay Devgn – (Satyagraha (65 cr – Expected), Himmatwala (45 cr), Son of Sardaar (102 cr), Bol Bachchan (101 cr), Tezz (17 cr)) [Forthcoming film: Action Jackson] - Total: 330 cr (Average per film: 66 cr)
  • Saif Ali Khan – (Race 2 (102 cr), Cocktail (76 cr), Agent Vinod (45 cr), Aarakshan (42 cr), Kurbaan (24 cr)) [Forthcoming film: Bullett Raja] - Total: 289 cr (Average per film: 57.8 cr)

Disclaimer: There can be many other scientific, non-scientific, objective and subjective measures chosen. We wanted to keep it simple though!

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder



  • For those who are doing useless debate..BILLU was released in end Feb 2009,MNIK Feb 2010,RA1 diwali 2011,Don2 dec 2011 ,JTHJ november 2012 ,CE 2013…so even if INCIDINE want to add BILLU barber in the list then they cant ,because It was SRK 6th last movie… use your common sense……….

    @SACHIN11 ,as i said few days back that you always talk without facts ,and again you proved me right and dragged everyone to this useless discussion,if you want to extend the list to some more movie then your salman bhai will not be even in top3 slots,if we extend the list to 10 or 15 movies then Srk,amir and HR will be in top again dont be a blind hater and talk on facts ,and at last love/hate the movies not the stars…….it will be good for your and everyone health.comments at any forum against any star cannot let them down so discuss movies,music ,direction,movie script it will be a good thing for all readers

  • @Imam if u want to see last ten movies so figure will be like this:
    1. Akshay
    2. Salman
    3. Srk
    4. Amir
    5. Ranbir
    6. Ajay
    7. Saif

    Akshay gave us 5 Superhit in one year and that year was 2008 Bhagam Bhag, Namastey London, Heyy Baby, Bhool Bhulaiya & Singh is Kinngg…………………..

  • @soroop what a thought yaar, you are saying me dumb just look at you moron you said talaash has wider reach than jthj than tell of why in bollywood suspense thriller not being made, talaash was only 2nd suspense thriller in last 10 years after kahaani, where as romantic movies like jthj being made nos per year recently we have seen yjhd,aashiqui2 collected huge which also belong to same generation in which you putting jthj, for mangal pandey its so difficult to take a gap of 4 years and than come back strongly for a star whose last 4 movies dch-avg, lagaan-hit, mela-flop, earth-flop and he is not media friendly that time and not in news for 4 years but aamir back with bang in 2005 his high budget movie mangal pandey was not a losing affair and after rdb all movies of him were successful, and by the way you only asking for aamir concern but still silent for my reply to srkians act salman guts, i think you dumb don’t have answer and please don’t say my comment was meaningless if that so y you replied.

  • @227 lol. Salman 1989-mpk, 91-saajan,sanam bewafa 1995-karan arjun, 1997-judwaa, 1998- pktdk, 2004- mujhse shaadi karogi, 2007- partner, 2009-wanted you forgot all of them superb article. And for aamir qsqt-1988, dil-1990, jjws-1991, hum h rahi pyaar k -1993 2001- lagaan 2007- tzp you also

  • Srkians are jealous to see Salman still as #1. They were dreaming srk as #1 after CE success. Those who are barking about overseas i will ask them whether they pay in dollars, euros, pounds or rupees to watch movies.

  • srk is india no 1 actor from 2 decades as u check boxoffice india 93 to 13 from he tops almost 14 years…srk is lyk sachin,amir is dravid and salman is sehwag

  • @227 ok agree with your list this is the superb list, i agree with you basically i never said that srk not dominated industry for me he was ruling single handedly from 2002-2007 in 90’s others also did contribution though srk has the highest that time too but my point is that since 2008 he is not no. 1, at in 2013 definately he comes again on top for this year not overall but k3 or d3 can spoil the fun, but i have a big problem to exaggerated comments of srkians in which they r completely forgotten the others contributions and their achievements.

  • @aks. I said ur dumb bcuz ur dumb lol. Ur saying talash has less target audience than JTHJ?. If a suspense film like Talash has less target audience then how it managed 45 crs opening weekend, if it’s abt Aamir star power then why didnt Dobi ghat got good opening weekend. Suspense movie is liked by each and everyone like kids, adults, family, elderly, every one like suspense but the repeat value would be less compare to other genre. Talash got good opening not only bcuz of Aamir but suspense factor alsl played important role. Talaash has less buzz bcuz trailer was boring and it didnt reached 100 crs bcuz films second half is damn boring. To ur second point regardng coward Salman khan’s guts lol. At the time of don and Janemann , film run for 100 days, now film run for 2 or 3 weeks maximum. So now films collection depends on 1st 2 weeks so clash means huge loss specially for big films which is made with big bugdet. And clash means no record therefore Salman is having solo release. OUATIMD had the guts to release with salman film, on the other hand Salman had no guts so he ran away.

  • @aks
    only few srkians exaggerate , remaining all talk with facts….we never said that SRK is at the top even after 2008..we all know he could not delivered a BB in last 5 years…we only answer those who says that SRK time is over ,he cant even deliver BB,word RECORD dont suits him and much more…so we just want from other fans that do not to abuse .Even in last 5 years he was only behind salman khan and many other stars were lagging behind……….and you said may be D3 or K3 break CE records..but it doesnot matters for most of SRKIANS because every SRKIAN was wanting SRK to come in his previous form and pace and yes he returned with BANG ……we dont want to know what other star is doing ………..

  • @aks
    Srkians never exaggerated. They r only replying to dumb people who always talking shit without fact. For ur kind info srk ruled in 90 as well. Post 92 after his debut he is beggest star of 90s. No matter who was ruling before 92. 80% of srks movies dominated 90s decades whether box office critics awards etc
    See below list post 92 (clean hits only considered)
    Karan Arjun

    Karan Arjun
    Jeet (sunny in lead role)
    Biwi no 1 (multistarrer)
    Hssh (multistarrer)

    Raja Hindustani


    Coolie no 1
    Sajan chale sasural
    Hero no1
    Sajan chale sasural

    Though govinda salman come closed to srk but srk’s movies were high grosser example judwa, hero no 1 and pardes all 3 were hits in 97 but pardes was big grosser.

  • For those who were insisting to add BILLU in the is the list of collections of last 10 movies of leading stars.Most of figures are from BOI(almost all movies of SALMAN and SRK from BOI),some are from wikipedia and other trade sites,so plz correct me where i am wrong.

    DON :106
    RA1 :114

    TOTAL : 910.81


    DAbang2: 153
    Bodyguard : 141
    Dabang: 140.10
    ready :121
    London dreams:25.77
    main and miss khanna:7.97
    Wanted : 60.69
    Yuurag: 16.95

    TOTAL :890cr


    Talash: 93
    Dhobi Ghat: 14.04
    Ghajni : 114.67
    TZP: 62.48
    Fanaa : 52
    RDB : 50
    Mangel Pandey : 23
    dil Chata ha : 15.75
    Lagaan : 57

    TOTAL: 684.51


    OUTIMD :58.52
    K786: 69
    OMG:80(estimated could not find exact figure,must correct it)
    Joker: 29
    Desi boys :46
    Thank you: 45.03
    Patiala house: 33.18

    TOTAL : 674.44


    YJHD: 178
    Barfi: 121.15
    rockstar: 67.49
    Anjanna Anjanni : 40.03
    Rajneeti : 92.93
    Rocket Singh: 20.22
    APKGK : 62.94
    Wake UP sid: 28.08
    Bachna ae haseeno : 36.35
    Saawariya: could not find its collections,if you know plz mention.

    TOTAL :647.19(without Sawariya)


    Agneepath :121.10
    Jodha AKbar :59.03
    dhoom 2:80.25
    Lakshya: 23
    Koi mil gaya: 45.05

    AJAY’s last 10 films total is 618 cr
    so ranking is like this
    1 SRk
    2 Salman
    3 Amir
    4 Akshay
    5 Ranbir
    6 AJAY
    7 HR
    So all haters will be happy now as BILLU is included in the list…will post worldwide collections of last 5 or 10 movies (as you wish) of every star soon…thanx

  • Salman has dominated at the box officein 2010 – 2012 with dabangg, ready, bodyguard,
    ek tha tiger, dabangg 2. Looking forward to his next release.

  • Socially most relevant films in bollywood (2000 – 2012)
    2000 – Mohabbatein
    2001 – Lagaan
    2002 – Devdas
    2003 – Kal Ho Na Ho
    2004 – Swades
    2005 – Black
    2006 – Rang De Basanti
    2007 – Taare Zameen Par
    2008 – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi / Ghajini
    2009 – 3 Idiots
    2010 – My Name is Khan
    2011 – Don 2
    2012 – Barfi

  • Shah Rukh Khan’s one busy man. Especially, so after the stupendous success of Chennai Express. And from what we’ve heard, SRK is currently in a quandary about which projects to give the green signal to for next year. He seems spoiled for choice between mavericks like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Balki, Raju Hirani, Prabhu Deva, Ashutosh Gowariker, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra. According to the grapevine, all these directors want to start their films with King Khan.

  • Here is the list of no.1 actors
    1990 to 2013.
    1990-91- Amitabh Bachchan….
    1992-93- sanjay dutt
    1994-95- SRK.
    1996- Aamir.
    1997- sunny deol.
    1998- SRK.
    1999- Salman.
    2000- Hrithik.
    2001- Sunny.
    2002-08 -SRK.
    2009-10 -Aamir.
    2011-12 Salman.
    2013- King Khan
    SRK is a clear winner & this is why He
    is called The King Of
    Bollywood !
    King and big fan

  • All are saing blah blah abt ‘BILLU’ but I can’t undstnd tht whx they are talking abt a film which is nt amongst srk’s last 5 rlses. It was rlsed befose my name is khan, hence it isn’t taken into consideration. Dont go gaga over a mad like ‘SACHIN11’

  • its rediculoius aamir khan who has not had a huge hit since 2009 is place above akki, and even hadn’t delivered a great movie at the same time.

  • its not like srk had 15 minute cameo in billu barbar, he was more than 40 to 50 minute role, which is classed as a supporting role, supporting role is roles than go over 35 minutes. same for OMG, akshay kumar was in a full fledged supporting role and in the title role, one can include that in his list since he had a large impact in promoting, appearing in important role. now even if a superstar plays a supporting role, if it succeeds, its relegated to a cameo appearance.

  • first of all happy new year will create history as it will cross 350 crore and srk will take no 1 spot dhoom 3 will flop by only making 150 crore krissh 3 will make 275 crore beharam = 150 crore boss= 168 crore after that mental and kick will mAke 130 crore each by end of 2014 srk will make salman fans shut up

  • no doubt in this that amir khan is the best . He gives hardly one picture in a year and that picture always gona be hit.

  • akki is the best actor comedian & action full movie best best

    akki 1
    hritik 2
    salman 3
    sanveer kapoor 4
    amir 5
    bakra srk 6

    srk ki maa ki

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