King Khan Richer Than Tom Cruise!!!

 

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In some surprising news, Bollywood’s biggest star topped anything Hollywood has to offer as the latest figures show that Shah Rukh Khan earned $48 million dollars last year alone on his way to a personal net worth estimated at $600 million. SRK earned this mostly from endorsement deals as King Khan earned $5 million for last year’s hit ‘Chennai Express’. 

Tom Cruise, in comparison, comes in at an almost paltry by comparison $400 million. As for others on the list hailing from Bollywood, Salman Khan is second with an estimated $200 million and Amir Khan is not far behind with $180 million.
 
Bollywood finds itself in good company in the global wealth race as Shah Rukh Khan is topped only by comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s $820 million fortune and tied by Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor’s $600 million fortune. 
 
Others on the list include Mel Gibson at $425 million, Jack Nicholson at $400 million, Johnny Depp at $350 million, Keanu Reeves at $350 million, and Tom Hanks at $350 million.
 
How does King Khan feel about being more than halfway to a billion dollars in a country where 11.8% of the population falls below the international poverty level of $1.25 of income daily? Shah Rukh says he overcame humble beginnings to become the financial behemoth he is today and was accused of borrowing from author J.K. Rowling when he told an audience “Let me tell you, poverty is not an ennobling experience at all. Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes, depression. I’ve seen my parents go through it many times — it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships.”
 
Well, we’re sure Shah Rukh has made sure that neither he nor his family will ever experience those hardships again with 600 million reasons why! Hooray for Bollywood?!?

Sonam Kapoor in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’?

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Are Sonam Kapoor and Johnny Depp going to be sharing the silver screen any time soon?  Reports out of Hollywood have the makers of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise looking for an Indian star for the next incarnation of the film.  Director Gore Verbinski and the producers of the film first reached out to a talent management company with their query and that company then contacted Sonam to audition for the film.

Sources say the audition was held on a video-conference with Sonam Kapoor in Mumbai, India and mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Walt Disney reps, watching from the United States.  No word on how Ms. Kapoor fared during the audition, but we’ll keep you posted on developments.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5‘ is scheduled to shoot in 2014 and be released in 2015.  Audiences can currently watch Sonam in the hit ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag‘ and the actress is also busy shooting an as yet untitled project from Yash Raj Film‘s with co-star Ayushmann Khurrana.

‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Despicable Me 2’ Heat Up Hot July 4th Weekend!

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Summer just keeps getting hotter with Johnny Depp‘s latest film ‘The Lone Ranger‘ set for release on July 3rd!  Gore Verbinski, who directed Johnny in ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise, teams up with Johnny again along with Armie Hammer as the Ranger himself. Although some critics have been rather harsh on the film, it remains to be seen if this will scare away summer audiences looking for a bit of old Western escapism this weekend.

The action packed adventure should be perfect for those looking for a dose of summer fun.

Here’s a trailer to wet your appetite:

 

And for the kids we have ‘Despicable Me 2‘ which stars Steve Carell as evil-genius-turned-good-guy Gru, his cute adopted children, and his loveable yellow henchmen as well.  Kristen Wiig jumps on board this sequel as a special agent who enlists Gru’s help in tackling a new super-villain. The first movie was a fantastic bit of animation with some laughs and heart, let’s hope the follow up is just as good!

Here’s a trailer for ‘Despicable Me 2‘:

 

Have a great Holiday weekend folks!

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