The Tamil supertar had a rather sedate year, resulting in him dropping three places on our list. An injury and a month-long stay in hospital kept him out of action for a prolonged period. He remained in the news in 2016 for his split with partner Gautami after 13 years of living together. The 61-year-old actor was awarded the Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts et Lettres (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government. He has started working on Sabash Naidu, a comedy which will be simultaneously made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Fast Fact: He has starred in the highest number of films submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.