MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan (pictured), tops the first Forbes India Celebrity 100 with annual estimated earnings last year of $37.7m, the magazine said yesterday. In the list — a ranking of the country’s biggest entertainers based on income and popularity —fellow actor Salman Khan came in second with estimated earnings of $30m. In third place was India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with $25m.
“Both Salman Khan and Dhoni are ahead of SRK (Shah Rukh Khan) in terms of popularity and fame,” the magazine said. “But ‘King Khan’ came out tops courtesy of his earning power, mainly riding on massive income from brand endorsements,” the magazine said, referring to Shah Rukh Khan. Actor Akshay Kumar came in fourth place while veteran Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan came fifth. The highest-ranked woman on the list was actor Kareena Kapoor in seventh place. “The list is an attempt to rank the most powerful and the most popular of the players who are at the centre of this sector,” Forbes media and entertainment editor Deepak Ajwani said. The Forbes special edition, which ranks celebrities across eight categories including actors, musicians, models and sportspeople, was due to hit newsstands today.
19 injured in Kumbh Mela fire
Allahabad: Nineteen people were injured, six of them including three women with serious burns, as fire swept through tents at the Kumbh Mela here yesterday, officials said. The fire broke out in the Ram Govind Das camp area in sector 11 of the Mela premises, while the devotees occupying them had gone to hear a ‘katha’ (sermon) nearby. In all, 19 pilgrims were injured in the incident, a government spokesman said.
The state government ordered a probe into the fire and announced `50,000 financial aid for each of the six persons seriously injured. Chief fire officer Animesh Singh said earlier that there were no casualties. Firemen believe the fire could have been caused by incense sticks left behind in the tent by devotees. It then found way to a gas cylinder which exploded.
Allahabad Divisional Commissioner Devesh Chaturvedi said that the fire was brought under control in 20 minutes and a major mishap was averted.