Forbes India Celebrity 100 Nominees List for 2013

A long list of 400 celebrities that make it to the Forbes India Celebrity 100 nominees list

R Jagannathan
Published: 26, Nov 2013

Shah Rukh or Salman? Who is the biggest grosser of them all? Ranbir or Deepika? Who is the fastest rising star of Bollywood? Is there any challenge to AR Rahman’s supremacy in the music hall of fame? Can Chetan Bhagat hold his own against Amish Tripathi? Now that Sachin Tendulkar has walked off into the sunset, who will replace him as topdog in the sporting world? MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli or someone else?

You will find answers to some of these questions by mid-December, when Forbes India publishes its second edition of India’s 100 Most Influential Celebrities—picked from the world of entertainment.

In India, entertainment is usually conflated with Bollywood, and sure enough, our list will reflect this bias towards film entertainment in Hindi and some of the regional languages, with actors, singers, producers, and music directors, among others, adorning the list. In recent years, the small screen is also creating its bunch of stars and throwing up big money for actors and serial makers. You will also find them on our Celeb List.

But before we publish our final list of 100 Celebs, we are happy to publish our long list from which the final 100 of India’s most Influential Celebrities who make a living from entertainment will be chosen. Take a look and make a bet with yourself on who will make the final cut.

And it’s not all about money, honey. Not all entertainment professions throw up the same kind of money, and so a critical balancing factor is fame. Our Celebrity 100, much like the Forbes, US, Celeb list, counts not only money, but fame as well.

Forbes India has tied up with a whole battery of partners to generate this Celebrity 100 list. Our principal data partners for Celebrity 100 List of 2013 are LexisNexis®, Exceed Entertainment, IOS Sports & Entertainment, Galatta, TAM-Eikona and Percept Talent Management.

At the same time, and Nielsen BookScan have lent enormous support to this list. To help raise the bar on compliance and rigour in the methodology, Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd is working with us as our process advisors.

But you should not feel left out of the process, too. You can see below the full list of 400 celebrities who are being considered for the final 100, and if you want to suggest additions or deletions please mail us at before November 30, 2013.

On December 13 of this year the final list and a copy of Forbes India’s special Celeb edition will be in your hands.

  • Teja

    You missed the No.1 director from Telugu industry( S.S Rajamouli). There is no flop movie in his career.

    on Dec 14, 2013
  • yeshwanth

    you left out most of the celebrities from south i.e regional film industries(telugu,tamil,kannada,malayalam) mainly directors and music directors.....LOOK BEYOND BOLLYWOOD THEN UR TOP 100 LIST WILL BE A HIT.

    on Nov 30, 2013
    • Shiv

      Very true said Mr. Yeshwanth

      on Jan 9, 2014
  • manjunath

    Congrats KicchaSudeep for being at the india forbes 100 Celebrity Nominee List... No1 Celebrity of KFI

    on Nov 30, 2013

    As i think the algorithm of doing this is not clear , a have good revised the list and confusion a lot like rank name money fame 7. kareen 7 13 8. sehwag 21 4 9. kohli 13 6 10 katrina 10 16 13 gambhir 22 5 14 priyanka 16 11 I am unable to find out money is first priority or fame and in case tie whtats .

    on Nov 30, 2013

    Salman will be top this year if not then i will understand that forbesindia is like other indian media (not all) and its not like Forbes

    on Nov 30, 2013
  • sudhir

    missed trivkram srinivas (latest Attarintiki Daredhi(telugu) movie director)

    on Nov 28, 2013
  • Prakash K

    India means it's not only Hindi(Bollywood), equally to that Telugu(Tollywood) and Tamil(Kollywood) are there. The most creative directores SS Rajamouli(Tollywood) and Shankar(Kollywood) are not at all in the list, utter flopped director Apurva Lekhia got place in top celebrities list. Really I don't think your survey is genuine.

    on Nov 28, 2013
  • Sampat

    Please add Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan to actors list and SS Rajamouli to directors list.

    on Nov 26, 2013
    • Sampat

      Apologies. Overlook Mahesh and Pawan in the list.

      on Nov 26, 2013
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