Shah Rukh Khan, 48 – Actor, producer, IPL team owner
WHY: Before one could say Ready, Steady, Po, his Chennai Express had raced past Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots and with a booty of Rs 227.13 crore it became SRK’s first ever 200+ film. 2013 will always be a memorable year for King Khan who stunned the world with his secret baby AbRam. His theme park business venture, Kidzania, also opened to thriving business in Mumbai.
BY THE WAY: He can quote Sufi poet Rumi’s verses verbatim.
Aamir Khan, 48 – Actor, producer
WHY:Aamir Khan only competes with Aamir Khan. As Dhoom 3 rakes in Rs 284.27 crore and becomes the biggest all-time hit, Aamir retains his position as Mr Blockbuster. He is the only actor with two films in the 200-crore club.
BY THE WAY: He is a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes and has an entire collection of the comic strip.
Aditya Chopra, 42 – Director-producer, owner, Yash Raj Films
WHY: As the producer of Dhoom 3, he is the man who made the most money in Bollywood last year. He has become something of an urban legend — he never entertains any media query, never makes an appearance at any company event, yet is the single most powerful producer in town.
BY THE WAY: He sees all Hindi releases and keeps a diary of all that he liked and didn’t like about the film.
Salman Khan, 48 – Actor, television host
WHY: His stint as host of Bigg Boss 7 turned out to be the most successful and controversial season for broadcaster Colors. His one worded “yes” on Koffee with Karan to Karan Johar’s question of whether he is a virgin, is quote-quip-joke of the year, all rolled in one.
BY THE WAY: He composed the tune of Teri meri prem kahaani (Bodyguard).
Rohit Shetty, 40 – Director
WHY: For long, Rohit Shetty was just known as the guy who blows up cars in films that he makes for buddy Ajay Devgn. But with the stupendous success of Chennai Express after the Golmaal franchise, Bol Bachchan and Singham, Shetty has emerged as the only director with four 100 crore+ grossers.
BY THE WAY: He dropped out of school after class X and started assisting director Kuku Kohli at the age of 15 so that he could contribute to his household expenses.
Ranbir Kapoor, 31 – Actor
WHY: With his eclectic cinema choices, Ranbir has cracked the right balance between the commercial blockbuster and the creative film experience.
BY THE WAY: He loves reading biographies of actors. His favourite is Errol Flynn’s autobiography, My Wicked Wicked Ways.Click here for the complete list of IE 100