Most successful actors in Bollywood: Detailed

This article is an analysis of the success ratio of the films in which the Top 7 stars of India have appeared in since 2000. Only the films where these actors had a ‘substantial’ or ‘significant’ role where accounted for. Special appearances where the star had limited screen time aren’t included. We have slightly tweaked the analysis from last time to include films with ‘Above Average’ and ‘Semi-Hit’ under the ‘successful film’ category.

We start off with Aamir Khan, one of the most successful actors in recent times.

Aamir Khan

  • Failures: Mela (flop), Dil Chahta Hai (average – was a decent success only in select cities), Mangal Pandey (below average).
  • Successes: Lagaan (hit), Fanaa (super hit), Rang De Basanti (hit), Taare Zameen Par (super hit), Ghajini (All time blockbuster), 3 Idiots (All time blockbuster), Dhobi Ghat (semi hit), Talaash (semi hit) and Dhoom 3 (All Time Blockbuster). Total successes: 9.

Aamir Khan Total Films – 12, Failures – 3, Successes – 9, Success ratio is 75%

Aamir Khan has featured in 12 films in the last 14 years, out of which 9 films have been successful. Dil Chahta Hai, one of his best films, was an average grosser at the box office, even though the general belief is that the film was a huge success. Aamir’s last failure was Mangal Pandey in 2005, after which every single film of his has recovered its investment. 3 Idiots and Dhoom 3 are his biggest money-spinners to date.

Ajay Devgn

  • Failures: Deewane (flop), Raju Chacha (flop), Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (flop), Tera Mera Saath Rahen (flop), Company (below average), Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (flop), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (flop), Deewaangee (below average), Bhoot (average), Chori Chori (flop), Parwana (flop), Zameen (flop), Khakee (average), Yuva (flop), Raincoat (flop), Insan (flop), Blackmail (flop), Zameer (flop), Tango Charlie (flop), Main Aisa Hi Hoon (flop), Shikhar (flop), Omkara (flop), Cash (flop), Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag (flop), Halla Bol (flop), Sunday (below average), U Me Aur Hum (below average), Mehbooba (flop),  London Dreams (flop), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (average), Aakrosh (flop), Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (below average), Rascals (flop), Tezz (flop), Satyagraha (flop), Himmatwala (flop). Total Failure – 36
  • Successes:  Qayamat (semi hit), Gangaajal (above average), Kaal (above average),  Apaharan (above average), Golmaal (semi hit), All the Best (above average), Golmaal Returns (hit), Raajneeti (blockbuster), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (hit), Golmaal 3 (blockbuster), Singham (super hit), Bol Bachchan (hit), Son of Sardaar (hit). Total successes – 13

Ajay Devgn Total Films – 49, Failures – 36, Successes – 13, Success ratio is 26.5%

Ajay wasn’t a commercially successful actor until he started working in comedy films. His partnership with director Rohit Shetty has helped push a terrific actor like Ajay into the big league.  However, his overall success ratio is quite poor at 26.5 percent. Only 1 in 4 films of the actor have gone on to be successful at the box office. He has films like Singham 2 and Action Jackson coming up. Both are likely to rake in the moolah at the ticket window and hopefully increase his success ratio too.

Akshay Kumar

  • Failures: Hera Pheri (average), Dhadkan (average), Khiladi 420 (flop), Ek Rishtaa (below average), Ajnabee (average), Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya (flop), Aankhen (average),  Talaash (flop), Khakee (average), Police Force: An Inside Story (flop), Aan (flop), Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin (flop), Hatya: The Murder (flop), Aitraaz (average), Ab Tumhare Hawale Waton Saathiyon (flop), Insan (flop), Bewafaa (below average),  Deewana Huye Paagal (flop), Dosti: Friends Forever (below average), Mere Jeevan Saathi (flop), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (flop), Jaan-E-Mann (flop), Tashan (below average), Chandni Chowk to China (flop), 8 X 10 Tasveer (flop), Blue (below average),  Khatta Meetha (below average), Action Replayy (flop),  Patiala House (below average), Thank You (average), Desi Boyz (below average), Joker (flop), Khiladi 786 (average), Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara (flop), Boss (flop).
  • Successes: Awara Paagal Deewana (above average), Andaaz (hit), Waqt (above average), Garam Masala (semi hit), Mujhse Shaadi Karoge (hit), Phir Hera Pheri (super hit), Bhagam Bhag (hit), Namastey London (hit), Heyy Babyy (hit), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (hit), Welcome (blockbuster), Singh Is Kinng (super hit), Kambakkht Ishq (above average), De Dana Dan (above average), Housefull (hit), Tees Maar Khan (semi hit), Housefull 2 (super hit), Rowdy Rathore (blockbuster), OMG! Oh My God (super hit), Special 26 (hit).

Akshay Kumar Total Films – 54, Failures – 35, Successes – 19, Success ratio is 35.1%

Akshay has featured in 54 films in the last 14 years, which is an average of close to 4 films every year! He is probably the only top star in the industry, who puts his superstardom on the line multiple times every year and yet maintains a healthy success ratio of 35% i.e one in 3 Akshay Kumar films work at the box office. 2007 was the turning point in his career, he gave 4 hits in a single year and was considered to be the biggest crowd -puller in the industry. His career has gone through ups and downs, 2013 wasn’t a great year for him, but he has quite a few promising films lined up for release in 2014.

Krrish 3 Box Office Collections

  • Failures: Fiza (flop),  Yaadein (flop), Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage (flop), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (flop), Mujhse Dosti Katroge (flop), Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (flop), Lakshya (below average), Kites (flop), Guzaarish (flop).
  • Successes: Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai (blockbuster), Mission Kashmir (semi hit), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (blockbuster), Koi.. Mil Gaya (blockbuster), Krrish (blockbuster), Dhoom 2 (blockbuster), Jodhaa Akbar (hit), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (hit), Agneepath (hit), Krrish 3 (All Time Blockbuster).

Hrithik Roshan Total Films – 19, Failures – 9, Successes – 10, Success Ratio is 52.6%

Hrithik’s debut film was the biggest grosser of 2000, but most of his films that followed failed to make a mark. Post Koi Mil Gaya, Hrithik has been choosy and has consistently delivered some huge grossers. 2006 was the biggest year of his career, as two of his films Krrish and Dhoom 2 were the biggest grossers of the year. In the last 10 years, 7 of his 9 films have worked at the box office. Overall, his success ratio is pretty good and should only improve from here on.

Jai Ho Box Office Prediction

  • Failures:  Chal Mere Bhai (average), Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (average), Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye (flop), Tumko Na Bhool Payenge (flop),  Yeh Hai Jalwa (flop), Garv: Pride And Honour (below average), Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa (flop), Lucky: No Time for Love (below average), Kyon Ki (flop), Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar (flop), Jaan-E-Mann (flop), Marigold (flop), God Tussi Great Ho (flop), Yuvraaj (flop), London Dreams (flop), Veer (below average). Total failures – 17
  • Successes: Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (above average), Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (flop), Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (above average),  Tere Naam (above average), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (hit), Main Pyaar Kyun Kiya? (semi hit), No Entry (super hit), Partner (blockbuster), Wanted (super hit), Dabangg (all time blockbuster), Ready (blockbuster), Bodyguard (blockbuster), Ek Tha Tiger (blockbuster), Dabangg 2 (blockbuster), Jai Ho (above average). Total success – 14

Salman Khan Total Films – 31, Failures – 16, Successes – 15, Success Ratio is 48.3%

Salman’s glorious run that included 5 back-to-back blockbusters came to an end this year with Jai Ho. His winning streak of box office money-spinners was probably the best since Rajesh Khanna’s 15 continuous hits record. Even though Salman has consistently featured in 2 movies a year, his success ratio is very good at around 45%.

Shahrukh Khan

  • Failures: Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (flop), One 2 Ka 4 (flop), Asoka (flop),  Swades (flop), Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke and Paheli (flop). Total failures – 6
  • Successes: Josh (above average), Mohabbatein (super hit), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (Blockbuster), Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (above average), Chalte Chalte (semi hit), Devdas (hit), Kal Ho Naa Ho (hit), Main Hoon Na (hit), Veer Zaara (super hit), Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (hit), Don (hit), Chak De India (Blockbuster), Om Shanti Om (Blockbuster), Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (Blockbuster), My Name Is Khan (hit), Ra.One (hit), Don 2 (hit), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (hit), Chennai Express (All Time Blockbuster). Total success – 19

Shahrukh Khan Total Films – 25, Failures – 6, Successes – 19, Success ratio is 76%

Even though SRK has appeared in as many as 25 films in the given time period, his success rate is only comparable to Aamir Khan, who is on-par with SRK but has less than half the number of film releases. While many will argue that Ra.One wasn’t a clean hit at the box office, but the fact remains that it was declared a hit by the trade even though a few distributors lost money.  SRK’s consistency is even more amazing since his last failure was almost 9 years back in 2005. However, when it comes to big box office blockbusters, SRK is behind Salman, Aamir who have consistently delivered huge grossers in the last 4 years or so. In the overall list of highest blockbusters, he is behind Hrithik.

Ranbir Kapoor

  • Failures – Saawariya (disaster), Rocket Singh (flop), Anjaana Anjaani (Average), Besharam (Flop).
  • Successes – Bachna Ae Haseeno (semi hit), Wake Up Sid (semi hit), Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani (super hit), Rajneeti (blockbuster), Rockstar (semi hit), Barfi (super hit), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (blockbuster).

Ranbir Kapoor Total Films – 11, Failures – 4, Successes – 7, Success ratio is 63.6%

The new superstar on the block, Ranbir Kapoor, has already started giving 150 crore+ grossers at the box office. He has age on his side and he is also considered to be one of the best actors in the country. With every top director wanting to sign him for a film, Ranbir could soon enter Aamir – SRK territory. He already had a very good success ratio of around 64%.

The ranking of actors in terms of profibility (the higher the success %, the higher is the profibility):

  • 1. Shahrukh Khan – 76%
  • 2. Aamir Khan – 75%
  • 3. Ranbir Kapoor – 63.6%
  • 3. Hrithik Roshan – 52.6%
  • 4. Salman Khan – 48.3%
  • 5. Akshay Kumar – 35.1%
  • 6. Ajay Devgn – 26.5%

The actors with the most number of clean hits (Hit or better only):

  • 1. Shah Rukh Khan (16)
  • 2. Akshay Kumar (13)
  • 3. Hrithik Roshan (9)
  • 4. Salman Khan (8)
  • 5. Ajay Devgn (7)
  • = 5. Aamir Khan (7)
  • 7. Ranbir Kapoor (4)

Actors with the most ‘blockbusters’

  • 1. Salman Khan – 6 (one all time blockbuster)
  • = 1. Hrithik Roshan – 6 (one all time blockbuster)
  • 3. Shahrukh Khan – 5 (one all time blockbuster)
  • 4. Aamir Khan – 3 (two all time blockbusters)
  • 5. Akshay Kumar – 2
  • = Ranbir Kapoor – 2
  • = Ajay Devgn – 2
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207 Comments

  • @indicine,isn’t veer zaara a blockbuster,although it was the highest grosser of that releasing year,BOI gave verdict it as bb 1st later changed to super hit,but I know this time also you’ll remain silent.

    @dxt damn,even sallu and amir also now a days working with big productions/directors/franchises.what’s about sooraj barjatya salman’s yuvvraj with subash ghai.1st make the list of yrf/dp’s success and I will show you success of SRK with out them.what about CE which neither belongs to yrf/dp nor YC/KJO.lol.similarly salman is nothing without south remakes and he is the 2nd most flop giving actor of bollywood.amir always depended upon multiple actors in his all movies or south remake.don’t give loser explanation.

  • @arijit..yes agree with you but those days the screens were limited and the ticket prices were very low. The super hit business of these films classified as a blockbusters.

    Anyways, there will be no Amitab Bachhan again.

  • @indicine you should also make the list for loosers.Then see who tops the list.Before 2008 were this papas made stars exits?I have never see such a big looser like salman khan in my life.Flops after flops..he is the king of flops.And amir khan,he is there in the industry because of luck that he has.Otherwise he could completely a washout .
    SRK is topper since he came in the industry.KING WILL ALWAYS BE A KING.
    Salman khan should also named as disaster king

  • @indicine you should also make the list for loosers.Then see who tops the list.Before 2008 were these papas made stars exist?I have never see such a big looser like salman khan in my life.Flops after flops..he is the king of flops and disaster.And amir khan,he is there in the industry because of luck that he has.Otherwise he could completely a washout .
    SRK is topper since he came in the industry.KING WILL ALWAYS BE A KING.
    Salman khan should also named as disaster king.

  • People get this… Even salman so called mass star (called only by his fans) struggled to give an 100 cr hit with jai ho… Aamir failed with talaash n dhobi ghat big time (everyone know how d3 worked) hr is a good actor but he is also not 100 cr gurantee… Only SRK is the magical actor who is a 100 cr guarantee… No matter what… Script good or bad… Worst wom ever,non massy,without superhit songs,disaster director(anubhav sinha),holiday or no holiday… SRK can give 100 cr in worst case scenario n 200-300 cr in best case (good solo release)which any other actor of Bollywood isn’t… From outsider to KING of Bollywood… Journey of a dream SRK

  • The writer of this analysis is a genius. A Eienstein of today! Wah Re Wah, Kya Analysis Hai!! Excellent!

    In reality, Indicine is “Biting Off More than It Can Chew.” I lost my interest in the article after reading first few paragraphs.
    I used to heavily rely on the trade magazines like filmfare, cineblitz, stardusts etc (especially filmfare) for BO verdicts of the films. I also started visting Boxofficeindia from 2009. I have knowledge on the verdicts of many films came 2000 onward. Meanwhile, I feel this site doesn’t have any knowledge on the BO verdcits of the films prior to 2004. Nevertheless, it has a good knowledge on SRK films. And the films of Hrithik and Ranbir as well (as they have done lesser numbers of films comparing to others.) Kudos to the site for that.

    The below-mentioned films were not failures according to filmfare (I have watched those films and still remember their verdicts as well.) Hence, it should be considered successes.

    1. Company (Hit), 2. The Legend of Bhagat Singh (Hit and extremely popular at that time. It knocked down Shahid: another film based on Bhagat Singh that was released on the same date.), 3. Bhoot (Hit), 4. Deewangee (Semi-Hit), 5. Khakee (Hit), 6. Dil Chahta Hai (Hit), 7. Hera Pehri (Hit, a film that turned Akshay Kumar as one of the best comic heroes), 8. Ajnabee (Hit), 9. Dhadkan (Semi-Hit, it made crores from its Super Hit Music Albums like Ashiq Banaya Aapne and Kaal did. Its songs are still popular.) 10. Hum Ko Deewana Kargaya (Above Average), 11. Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (average, it made much profits from its popular music), 12. Garv: Pride And Honour (Semi-Hit, not below average. It was made on very low budget and earned many crores in the first week.) 13. Lucky: No Time for Love (Avergae, not below average)

    However, underdogs always remain underdogs. I feel pity how media play down especially Akshay Kumar’s and Ajay Devgn’s films. Ajay is an actor that made some big directors like Prakash Jha and Rohit Shetty. If this site does anlysis on their films between 1990-2000, I am afraid they will mention 95% of Ajay-Akshay films as flops. Similarly, it is also fact that media hate Salman Khan because he is not diplomatic. Yet, Salman has strong Bollywood family background unlike Akshay and Ajay (don’t think Veeru Devgan was that great personality in bollywood).

  • Akshay-Ajay!! Go ahead with your guts. But be a little bit choosy of films. As long as we are with you, no one can harm you guys!

  • I dont think SRK’s hatters ever will get well soon…that is impossible….more impossible is Salman Khan to acting or Amir Khan to go in awards events :PPP

  • Salman was like Ajay and Akki in doing many films until 2009. He has stopped doing so now. I think Ajay-Akshay should follow this.

    Post 2000 until 2009-2010, Salman had extremely troublesome personal life. That hindered him from concentrating in his work. On the other hand, SRK had an smooth personal life until 2010 or so (i.e. Wankhede Case, Shirish Kunder Case, Extra-Marital Affair with Piggy Chop . SRK-Salman fought two times once in 2002 and another time 2008. Both times, media portrayed Salman as the bad guy. In reality, there is a clapping sound only when two hands come together.

    While Salman was having a troublesome personal life, instead of helping back and trying to erase the bad boy image in media, SRK acted as a saint in media to gain all its attention and supports. And he was quite successful in doing that. He has literally bit the hands that fed him. That’s SRK’s style of friendship. However, on the plus side, SRK seemd to be the smartest businessman in Bollywood.

    On top of that, Salman was doing films for his friends and families keeping aside the importance of the scripts. He seems to have realized that now.

    Whosoever or whatsoever Salman is today, we love him as our own. We are intoxicated by his aura, charm, honesty and being human.

    Having said that, this article, for me, has many flaws as far as the filmographies of Ajay-Akshay are concerned.

  • @ gunday hai hum

    All 5 movies on bhagat singh were disasters let alone legend of bhagat singh infact shahid of bobby deol did little better than legend of bhagat singh.

    Although legend of bhagat singh was a critically acclaimed and now enjoys cult following and it is liked by all on its television run.

  • @ Gunday hai hum

    your other verdicts are also wrong, i think, for you below average, average and above average verdicts are equivalent to hit verdict.lol

    • @Arjan, what do you expect from someone who calls Filmfare, Stardust and Cineblitz as trade magazines?? Every verdict is wrong. People confuse acclaimed movies to be commercially successful. Andaz Apna Apna deserved to be a bigger hit than 3 Idiots, but even Aamir and Salman have said in several interviews that the movie flopped.

  • @Arjan, that’s what i remeber from reading filmfare BO verdicts. I was 12 then. I think that age was enough to remeber things…

  • What else can one expect from a site that claims to be a trade site (in fact, quasi trade site) that doesn’t have source on the ground and follow secondary sources and behaves like experts? Filmfare is much older and senior to all these. Write an article on how you decide verdicts of the films according to its business. If you have guts, then do it and also publish this comment. You can’t digest it because I hit the nail on the head.

  • those who says srk and aamir are bigger superstar because of their success ratio is more but the thing is akshay and ajay are also superstars at the level of aamir and srk despite giving many flops.even amitabh gives more flops than akshay and ajay and if we calculate his success ratio with ajay or akshay its very less behind both of them.after giving more flops than ajay, akshay or Salman is he was not a star of the millineum?

  • Why do u consider Ra.One a success? It was one of the epic disasters in disguise of Hit. We don’t believe it was Hit. Its Hit tag has always been ambiguous. Only God and the makers of the film know how many crores it has lost. After that, SRK lost his mind and started to bite everyone before him until Rohit Shetty came for his rescue.

  • I feel like Akshay Kumar on this website……………..everytime I ask a question to indicine it is ignored and when I praise Indicine on the wonderful article here, it gets no thanks……………..even though I see indicine thanking others…………….why is this bias against me?

  • @ indicine team

    Ya, andaz apna apna was bombed at boxoffice but it has been generate cult following during its run on television to such extent that nobody could thought that it was disaster of 1994.

    Agneepath was another movie which was bombed at boxoffice in 1992 but now it enjoyed cult following.

  • Even baazigar movie was also just a hit but it attained cult following among audience that now we thought that it was BB movie of year .93

  • @ Arjan Bazzigar was not just a hit it was a big hit! It was the fourth higgest grossing movie of the year with a newcomer (SRK) playing an anti-hero(many stars were afraid to play anti-hero such as Salman and Aamir at that time and they turned down the role)………………………therefore the buisness it did considering these factors was excellent……………..also at that time it was extremely difficult to score a hit status at bo and thus if a movie in 1993 became a hit, it was a great achievement cuz the movie had to run for many weeks and be very popular……………..also looking at the technical aspect of the film, the budget wud have been a little high at that time………..so a hit status to Bazzigar in 1993 can be considered superhit/blockbuster status in today’s bo scenario…………….therefore dont try to downplay the great success of the movie in 1993 by calling it ‘just a hit’……………get ur facts right……….it was a big hit!

  • @indicine….i want to ask two question… How about JAI HO bo collection? what real verdict of RA.ONE flop (or) disaster? I hope you Ans my question and i waiting your answer. PLEASE ……. INDICINE……

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