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Khans of Bollywood is a term used to describe leading male actors of "Bollywood, the "Mumbai-based "Hindi-language "Indian film industry, whose surnames are "Khan. This term is most often used specifically for the Three Khans: "Aamir Khan, "Shah Rukh Khan, and "Salman Khan.[1][2] The three are unrelated, but happen to share the same surname,[2] and are roughly the same age.[3]

The three Khans are some of the most successful "movie stars in the history of "Indian cinema. They have been reported by various sources to command high salary packages up to 50 crore (US$8 million) per movie.[4][5][6] The three Khans have had successful careers since the late 1980s,[1] and have dominated the Indian box office since the 1990s,[7] across three decades.[8] The dominance of the three Khans at the Indian box office has been compared to that of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe in "Hollywood.[2] Rivalry exists among the three Khans, each having been referred to as the "King of Bollywood" at different times; Shah Rukh Khan was the most successful Indian actor for most of the 1990s and 2000s, but since the late 2000s, Aamir Khan has been the most successful globally,[9] while Salman Khan has been the most successful domestically.[10] They have also earned critical acclaim, between them winning 6 "National Film Awards and 26 "Filmfare Awards, as well as an "Academy Award nomination for Aamir. They are also some of the most famous "Muslims in India,[1] some of the most famous Indians known overseas, and some of the world's biggest "movie stars.[11]

Combined, they have starred in the top ten "highest-grossing Bollywood films ever, eight of the ten "highest-grossing Indian films,[12] and nearly every "annual top-grossing Bollywood film since 1989 (except for 1992–1993 and 2006).[12][13][14] They officially created the "100 Crore Club:[15] the first films to "gross 100 crore "domestically were Salman's "Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) and Shah Rukh's "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995),[16][17] and Aamir Khan's "Ghajini (2008) was the first to "net 100 crore.[15] After Bahubali 2 created the "Bollywood 1000 Crore Club, Aamir's "Dangal (2016) is the only film which managed to cross it (owing to its overseas success in China and Taiwan) and eventually created the Bollywood 2000 Crore, becoming the highest-grossing Indian film ever (worldwide and "overseas), and one of the "highest-grossing films in China and India, with his earnings from the film estimated to be 300 crore (US$47 million),[18] the "highest payday for a non-Hollywood actor.[19] In 2014, Shah Rukh was the richest non-Hollywood actor and the second richest actor in the world, with an estimated "net worth of US$600 million.[20] On the 2016 "Forbes list of the 10 highest-paid actors in the world, Salman ranked sixth, with total earnings of US$33.5 million for the year.[21]

In addition to the three Khans, there have been other Khans in Bollywood. The most famous Khan prior to them was "Dilip Kumar, whose real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan, for which he has been referred to as the "First Khan" of Bollywood. Kumar was one of the biggest Indian movie stars of the 1950s and 1960s.[22] His 1960 film "Mughal-e-Azam was the first Indian film with an adjusted gross over "1000 crore,[23][24] making it the highest-grossing Indian film for over five decades.[24]


Three Khans[edit]

Aamir Khan[edit]

"Aamir Khan at an event in 2008. He has been the most successful Indian actor since the late 2000s.[11]

Aamir Khan (pronounced "[ˈaːmɪr ˈxaːn]; born Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan on 14 March 1965) is one of the biggest and most commercially successful superstars of India. He has been called " Mr. Perfectionist", "Box Office King", Acting King,"Ace Khan". He has a reputation of doing fewer movies but with great attention to detail, including content and quality. He has the highest number of All Time Blockbusters of the Khans. Through his successful career in "Hindi films, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular and influential actors of "Indian cinema.[25][26] In addition to being highly popular in India, he is also highly popular overseas, particularly in "China,[27][28] the second largest movie market.[29] He is "arguably the world's biggest "movie star" according to Rob Cain,[11] due to his immense popularity in the world's two "most populous nations, India and China.[11]

He is the recipient of "numerous awards, including four "National Film Awards and seven "Filmfare Awards, as well as an "Academy Award nomination. He was honoured by the "Government of India with the "Padma Shri in 2003 and the "Padma Bhushan in 2010.[30]

Khan first appeared on screen as a child actor in his uncle "Nasir Hussain's film "Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), the first Bollywood "masala film.[31] His first feature film role came with the "experimental film "Holi (1984), and he began a full-time acting career with a leading role in the highly successful tragic romance "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a milestone in the history of "Hindi cinema, setting the template for Bollywood musical romance films that defined Hindi cinema in the 1990s.[32][33] His performance in the film and in the thriller "Raakh (1989) earned him a "Special Jury Award at the National Film Award ceremony. He established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema in the 1990s by appearing in several commercially successful films, including the romantic drama "Dil (1990), the romance "Raja Hindustani (1996), for which he won his first "Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and the drama "Sarfarosh (1999).[34][35] He was also noted for playing against type in the critically acclaimed "Canadian-Indian film "Earth (1998).

In 2001, Khan started a "production company, whose first release, "Lagaan, was nominated for the "Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and earned him a "National Film Award for Best Popular Film and two more Filmfare Awards (Best Actor and "Best Film). After a four-year absence from the screen, Khan continued to portray leading roles, most notably in the 2006 box-office hits "Fanaa and "Rang De Basanti. The following year, he made his directorial debut with "Taare Zameen Par, a major success that garnered him the Filmfare Awards for Best Film and "Best Director. Khan's greatest commercial successes came with the thriller "Ghajini (2008), the comedy-drama "3 Idiots (2009), the adventure film "Dhoom 3 (2013), the satire "PK (2014) and wrestling-drama "Dangal (2016) all of which held records for being the "highest-grossing Indian film of all time.[36]

Shah Rukh Khan[edit]

"Shah Rukh Khan in 2012. He was the most successful Indian actor for most of the 1990s and 2000s.[11]

Shah Rukh Khan (born Shahrukh Khan, 2 November 1965), popularly called as SRK, referred to in the media as the "Baadshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood", "King Khan", "King of Romance". He is a self made Superstar who entered Bollywood without any background and became successful. He is the most successful actor in Bollywood. He has appeared in several successful romantic love stories including "Darr, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, "Dil to Pagal Hai, "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and "Veer Zaara among others. He is also recipient of 8 Filmfare Best Actor in a leading role awards (tied with legendary "Dilip Kumar) and won a total of 14 Filmfare awards. He has appeared in more than 80 "Bollywood films. Described by the "Los Angeles Times as perhaps "The World's Biggest Movie Star", Khan has a significant following in Asia and the "Indian diaspora worldwide. He is one of the richest actors in the world, with an estimated net worth of "US$600 million, and his work in Bollywood has earned him "numerous accolades, including 14 "Filmfare Awards.

Khan started his career with appearances in several television series in the late 1980s. He made his Bollywood debut in 1992 with "Deewana. Early in his career, Khan was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films "Darr (1993), "Baazigar (1993) and "Anjaam (1994). He then rose to prominence after starring in a series of romantic films, including "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), "Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001). He earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic in "Devdas (2002), a NASA scientist in "Swades (2004), a hockey coach in "Chak De! India (2007) and a man with "Asperger syndrome in "My Name Is Khan (2010). A forty-year old bachelor in "Chennai Express (2013), a musical heist comedy movie "Happy New Year (2014), a psychological thriller movie "Fan (2016) and a crime thriller movie "Raees (2017).

Many of his films display themes of Indian national identity and connections with diaspora communities, or gender, racial, social and religious differences and grievances. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the "Padma Shri, and the Government of France awarded him both the "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the "Légion d'honneur.

Salman Khan[edit]

"Salman Khan ramp walk in 2011. He is one of the most commercially successful Indian actors.[37]

Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan (born 27 December 1965)[38] better known as Salman Khan (pronunciation : "[səlˈmaːn ˈxaːn];) is one of the biggest and the most economically viable actors of India. In recent years, every movie he has acted in as the main lead has commended over 100 Crores. Referred to in the media as "The Tiger of Bollywood", "Blockbuster Khan", "Box-office King", he is popularly called as "Bhaijaan" and "Sallu" by his fans. Described by the "CNN as one of the world's biggest stars,[39] he has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. He is cited in the media as one of the most popular, influential[40] and commercially successful actors of "Hindi cinema.[37]

Khan began his acting career with a supporting role in "Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988) and achieved breakthrough with a leading role in his next release — "Sooraj Barjatya's romance "Maine Pyar Kiya (1989). Khan went on to establish himself in Bollywood in the 1990s with roles in several top-grossing productions, including the romantic drama "Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), the action thriller "Karan Arjun (1995), the comedy "Biwi No.1 (1999), and the family drama "Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). For his role in "Karan Johar's romantic drama "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Khan was awarded the "Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. After a brief period of decline in the 2000s, He also starred in the critically acclaimed movie "Tere Naam (2003). Khan achieved greater stardom in the 2010s by playing the lead role in several successful action films, including "Dabangg (2010), "Bodyguard (2011), "Ek Tha Tiger (2012), "Kick (2014), "Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and ""Tiger Zinda Hai" nine of the films he has acted in, have accumulated gross earnings of over 1 billion (US$16 million),[41][42] and he has starred in the highest-grossing Bollywood films of nine separate years which is a "Bollywood record.[43] For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the 2008 - "Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment.

Salman Khan was ranked 7th in "Forbes's first global list of highest-paid actor in the world with USD 33.5 million, earning more than Hollywood actors like "Dwayne The Rock Johnson, "Johnny Depp, "Brad Pitt and "Leonardo DiCaprio.[44][45][46][47]

Other Khans[edit]

Dilip Kumar[edit]

"Dilip Kumar (Muhammad Yusuf Khan) in 2010. He was one of the biggest Indian movie stars of the 1950s and 1960s.[22]

"Dilip Kumar, whose real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan,[48] has been retrospectively referred to as the "First Khan" of Bollywood.[22] He debuted in the 1940s, and became one of the biggest Indian "movie stars of the 1950s and 1960s.[22] He is credited with bringing realism to film acting in the "Indian subcontinent, and is considered one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. He has been described as "the ultimate "method actor" (natural actor) by "Satyajit Ray.[49] Kumar was a pioneer of method acting, predating "Hollywood method actors such as "Marlon Brando. Kumar inspired future generations of Indian actors, from "Amitabh Bachchan and "Naseeruddin Shah to "Shah Rukh Khan to "Nawazuddin Siddiqui.[50] In the 1950s, Dilip Kumar became the first actor to charge 1 "lakh (equivalent to 74 lakh or US$120,000 in 2016) per film.[51]

Kumar is known for his roles in films such as the romantic "Andaz (1949), the swashbuckling "Aan (1952), the dramatic "Devdas (1955), the comical "Azaad (1955) and "Ram Aur Shyam (1967), the historical "Mughal-e-Azam (1960), and the social "Ganga Jamuna (1961). His biggest commercial success was portraying "Prince Salim in "K. Asif's big-budget epic "historical film Mughal-e-Azam, which was the "highest-grossing film in Indian film history for 15 years until it was surpassed by 1975's "Sholay.[52] If adjusted for inflation, Mughal-e-Azam was the highest-grossing Indian film for more than five decades, equivalent to over "1000 crore in 2011,[23][24] until it was surpassed by Aamir Khan's "Dangal in 2017.

Saif Ali Khan[edit]

"Saif Ali Khan with wife "Kareena Kapoor (Kareena Kapoor Khan) in 2008

Saif Ali Khan - sometimes referred to as the "Fourth Khan", also a "film producer, son of "Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, a former captain of the "Indian national cricket team, and actress "Sharmila Tagore.[53][54] The 2004 romantic comedy "Hum Tum proved to be Khan's first success in which he played the sole male lead, earning him the "National Film Award for Best Actor, and starring roles in the drama "Parineeta and the romantic comedy "Salaam Namaste (both 2005) established him as a leading actor in Bollywood.[55] He went on to earn wide critical praise for his portrayal of an apprentice in the 2006 English film "Being Cyrus, a character based on "William Shakespeare's antagonist "Iago in the 2006 crime film "Omkara and a terrorist in the 2009 thriller "Kurbaan. Khan's highest commercial success came with the 2008 thriller "Race and its 2013 "sequel, the 2009 romance "Love Aaj Kal, and the 2012 romantic comedy "Cocktail.

Irrfan Khan[edit]

"Irfan Khan in 2015

Irrfan Khan has garnered the "National Film Award for Best Actor in the "60th National Film Awards 2012, for his performance in "Paan Singh Tomar.[56] Khan has won the 2014 "Asian Film Award for Best Actor, three "International Indian Film Academy Awards, three "Filmfare Awards, an "Independent Spirit Award nomination, and various international honours. He also hosted a television show and commercials. As of 2015, he had appeared in more than 50 Indian films in Bollywood, and a few international films, such as "Life of Pi, "New York, I Love You, "A Mighty Heart, "The Amazing Spider-Man and "Jurassic World, with a featured role alongside "Tom Hanks in the 2016 adaptation of "Dan Brown's novel "Inferno. In September, 2015, he was appointed as the "brand ambassador for "Resurgent Rajasthan", a campaign by the "state government of Rajasthan.[57]


"Salim Khan, part of "Salim-Javed screenwriting duo and father of Salman Khan, in 2011
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