Best-paid actors from India 2019 by earnings

In 2019, the Hindi film star Akshay Kumar was the highest-paid actor in India with his earnings valued at over 2900 million Indian rupees. Tamil superstar Rajinikanth and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan were some of the other prominent names in the list. The list included numerous names among young Indians’ favorite actors. Akshay Kumar was also the only Indian actor to feature in the Forbes U.S. list of the world's highest paid celebrities.

The Indian film industry

2019 witnessed the highest growth rate of the film industry in India in terms of value and was projected to rise. The upward trend was also reflected in the sales of cinema tickets, with an increase in the occupancy of cinemas in the same year. This boost in revenue triggered a chain reaction leading to significant proliferation of capital into movie production. Inadvertently, movies began to have enormous budgets in India. Bigger budgets also meant that Indian movie actors made the list of best paid celebrities across the country in recent years.

Regional film industry

The Indian film industry is segmented by the various languages spoken in the country. This has resulted in the production of a large spectrum of regional cinema. Hindi has been the dominant language of films distributed domestically, followed by Kannada, the regional language of the state of Karnataka. Furthermore, the Hindi film industry, accounted for more than 40 percent of the box office revenue in 2016. Many successful regional films, more notably from the Tamil and Telugu film industries were sometimes remade in Hindi to reach a wider audience.

Best-paid Indian actors in 2019, by earnings

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Release date

December 2019



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Supplementary notes

Note: One Indian rupee is equal to approximately 0.013 U.S. dollars and 0.011 euros (as of June 2020).

Rankings are based on the estimated earnings and the calculated fame quotient.

Values have been rounded.

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