Bollywood has been delivering us the best films for decades. Some of the biggest personalities in Bollywood have called it home. Actors, actresses, producers, and screenwriters from all over the world have been vying for roles in Bollywood. Others have progressed through time, promising a lot more.
Thus, for an article with a title like this, it is easy to find oneself in a quandary, since one is more often than not going to have to rely heavily on statistics to take the subject matter beyond the mere realm of conjectures and personal subjectivity. This is because; the title of the number one film actor (or actress) is often fleeting depending on how quickly the tide turns either in favor of one actor or to the disfavor of another.
The question of ‘Who is Bollywood’s No. 1 Actor’ requires us to consider how the actors in the running for the title have fared in the box office in the past few years; especially in the past 1 to 2 years at the least.
For instance, Shah Rukh Khan, generally considered the king of Hindi movies have had a poor showing at the cinemas in recent times compared to that of Amir Khan whose movie, Dangal, has garnered over 385 crores compared to Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, which has been his face-saving movie in recent times as the movie took it cinema takings into the 100 crore club.
With films like 3 Idiots, PK, and the classic Lagaan to his credit, Forbes magazine, for instance, determined that not only has Aamir's film made more money, but he has also mastered the art of storytelling.
But no one-off box office success is going to be enough to wrest the crown of ‘King of Bollywood’ off the head of Shahrukh Khan (SRK).
There is no need to introduce Shah Rukh Khan. That's how Hollywood's David Letterman introduced him on his Netflix chat show lately. And if you're familiar with SRK or Bollywood's "King Khan," you'll know that Shah Rukh Khan doesn't require an introduction. That's how Hollywood's David Letterman introduced him on his Netflix chat show lately.
And if you're familiar with SRK or Bollywood's "King Khan," you'll understand what I'm talking about. Khan has mesmerized audiences young and old for nearly three decades with his performance, style, personality, and, of course, the dimples.
Khan, who began his career in 1988, comes from a low middle-class background and has risen to success through his determination, hard work, and talent after more than 27 years in the Hindi film industry.
Khan is highly eloquent off-screen, having portrayed famous characters like Ajay/Vicky in Baazigar, Sunil in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na, Raj in DDLJ, Aman in Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kabir Khan in Chak De! India, and Mohan Bhargav in Swades. His clever one-liners identify him as one of the more intellectual musicians working in the entertainment industry, whether in personal interviews or hosting award events.
Although Shah Rukh Khan's recent movies, such as Fan, Dilwale, and Dear Zindagi, have not had as many financial successes in the box office as some other of his previous movies; he is still widely regarded as one of the most beloved actors in the Hindi film industry as well as the entire film industry.
Fans of the Bollywood screen hero are hopeful that a slew of upcoming films like 'Pathan, Sanki, Brahmastra, etc. would enable him to return to the top of the game.
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Aug 14, 2021
by Eguaogie Eghosa