India loves its heroes. And nowhere are heroes more visible than in the larger-than-life world of cinema and in the sports arena. It’s hardly surprising then that the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List generates the kind of interest it does, consistently since it first made its debut in 2012. Over the years, as the Indian movie business has evolved, structures have been built through greater corporatisation and with the stars setting up their own ventures to ensure they have a bigger say in the process of making a movie. Whether it is Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment or Akshay Kumar’s association with three production houses, megastars today are deeply immersed not just in acting but also in the making of that blockbuster which they work so hard for.
OVERVIEW: Salman Khan tops 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List; Shah Rukh at No. 2
PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 celebs in 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list
PODCAST: The cerebral side of 2016 Forbes India Celebrity 100 listThis year’s List has some interesting takeaways. Salman Khan, the Sultan of Bollywood, has wrested the top slot back from friend and rival Shah Rukh Khan on the back of two giant hits—Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Sultan. Shah Rukh slips one slot to number two, while Kohli’s string of good performances sees him at third place.
METHODOLOGY: How we crunch the numbersA lot of effort went into bringing you this issue. Forbes India’s Salil Panchal, Neeraj Gangal and Pramod Mathew sifted through enormous amounts of data, aided by our process validators Ernst & Young, to bring you estimates of how the top 100 have fared. Design Director Anjan Das and Chief Photo Editor Vikas Khot collaborated to ensure that the visual look and feel of the issue is in keeping with the theme.
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(This story appears in the 06 January, 2017 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)