Akshay Kumar is turning out to be the new king of Bollywood. After delivering a series of hits at the box office, the actor has now become the highest tax payer in Bollywood beating all the three Khans
Last year, the actor gave four hit films that include "Housefull 2", "Rowdy Rathore", "OMG: Oh My God!" and "Khiladi 786", all of which crossed the ₹100 crore mark at the worldwide box office.
In 2013, Akshay is basking in the success of his latest release "Special 26" which earned approximately ₹81 crore at the box office. The 45-year-old actor paid ₹19 crore as advance tax this year, according to reports.
"No one will talk about these things openly, but the advance income tax payer list has thrown up a few surprises this year. For the past couple of years, Salman's films have been blockbusters at the box office, but Akshay remains way ahead of the pack in terms of his tax payment," a trade insider said, according to various media reports.
After Akshay, Salman Khan is the second highest tax payer of the film industry with ₹11 crore. His two big release "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Dabangg 2" made over ₹150 crore worldwide.
Third in the list is Shahrukh Khan with ₹10.5 crore. Last year, only one of his films - "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" - crossed the ₹100 crore mark. This year, the actor has signed two big advertisement deals with "Frooti" and "Tata Tea".
Aamir Khan came fourth in the list for paying ₹7.5 crore as advanced tax. He did only one hit reality show - "Satyamev Jayate" - in 2012 and he also stopped singing advertisement deals.
Among the actresses, Katrina Kaif topped the list of highest taxpayers with ₹4.5 crore. Kareena Kapoor Khan came second with ₹4 crore, followed by Priyanka Chopra with ₹2 crore.