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04-16-2009, 01:40 PM #1
Bollywood's highest tax payers
Bollywood may be in a recession, but just look at what the stars are paying the income tax department.
The Times of India newspaper on Wednesday revealed the top 10 star tax payers.
Leading the pack is Akshay Kumar, who paid a staggering Rs 31 crore (Rs 310 million) as taxes.
Despite flops like Chandni Chowk To China and 8x10 Tasveer, Akshay beat Shah Rukh Khan, the no 1 star tax payer in recent years, to the top.
Shah Rukh Khan
Trailing Akshay by just one point -- Rs 30.99 crore (Rs 309.9 million) -- is King Khan. SRK hasn't had a great year at the box office -- his Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Billu did not hit the expected bull's eye. But endorsements and his IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, seem to be bringing in the big bucks.
At third place is Salman with Rs 14 crore (Rs 140 million). Salman's last hit was Partner, way back in 2007. But the actor has been signing quite a few films -- some of which were duds -- and the money seems to be rolling in.
Saif Ali Khan
The chotte nawab paid Rs 8.6 crore (Rs 86 million) as tax, thereby showing us that whether his films do well or not, he's still very much in demand.
Surprise surprise! Akshay's pa-in-law paid Rs 8.6 crores (Rs 86 million) as tax. His movies -- yes, Kaka is still making films like Wafa: A Deadly Love Story and Kash Mere Hote -- sank without a trace. He even beat his old rival Amitabh Bachchan, who had more releases, and better ones at that, to his credit. Did Kaka sell off some prize real estate?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The Bachchan bahu paid Rs 4.7 crore (Rs 47 million) as taxes this year. After her turn as Jodhaa in Jodhaa Akbar, Ash plays a modern day Sita in Mani Ratnam's Raavan. And then there's Enthiran with supersuperstar Rajnikanth.
The only other actress on the list is Kareena, who paid Rs 3.6 crore (Rs 36 million) as taxes. Her career is going great guns and we can't wait for her latest film Kambakkht Ishq to hit theatres, perhaps in August.
Lagging behind his biwi, Abhi paid Rs 3.2 crores (Rs 32 million) in taxes. Quite impressive, considering that the actor's last movie Delhi 6 was a flop.
We may not have heard his nasal twang in a while, but Himesh's career is apparently warbling fine. The singer-turned-actor shelled out Rs 3 crore (Rs 30 million) as taxes.
Mr Bachchan rounds up the list with Rs 1.25 crores (Rs 12.5 million) paid as taxes.
04-16-2009, 01:48 PM #2