India has been the largest movie producer worldwide for the last few years, releasing more than a thousand films each year. The country is home of the one of the most important cities in the global film industry, Mumbai. Previously called Bombay – name which gave origin to the term Bollywood – Mumbai is the center and birthplace of multi-million dollar Indian film industry. Brad Pitt once admitted in an interview with the Indo-Asian News Service that he “would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and color in the films there.” The drama and colors seem to be appealing to the Indian audience as well, considering the domestic figures for Indian films are impressive. There were two thousand multiplex theaters in India as of 2015. A year later, more than 2.2 billion movie tickets were sold in India, placing the country as the leading film market in the world. In comparison, about 1.25 billion movie tickets were sold in second-placed China in 2016.
The movie “PK”, starring Aamir Khan, is one the most successful Indian movies of all times, setting new records in the industry. Released in 2014, “PK” is the all time highest grossing Bollywood movie in India, and the leading Bollywood film in terms of revenue movie outside of India. The movie generated about 41 million U.S. dollars in revenue outside of India. Drama film “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” is the third-most successful Indian movie in the domestic market and second most successful in the international market. In the domestic market, other successful movies include “Baahubali: The Beginning”, directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Indian action movie “Dhoom 3”, and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” (in English “Found a Treasure Called Love”).
As of August 2015, New Delhi-born Shah Rukh Khan is the richest Bollywood actor, with a net worth of 600 million U.S. dollars. Known for his roles in movies like “Darr”, “My Name is Khan”, “Devdas” and many others, Khan is also listed as one the best-paid actors worldwide in 2016. Akshay Kumar is the only other Bollywood actor ranked in this particular list. Amitabh Bachchan, a popular Indian actor in the 1970s, is the second richest Bollywood actor, and the most followed personality from India on Twitter. As of September of 2016, the actor had about 18 million Twitter followers. Although not listed amongst the richest Bollywood actors, Salman Khan is the actor with the highest advance payment in India, closely followed by Akshay Kumar.
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