Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra are among a dozen Indians named in Variety magazine’s 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global, $2 trillion entertainment industry, reported The Indian Express.
Others in the list include Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films, Balaji Telefilms’ Ekta Kapoor and Zee Entertainment CEO Punit Goenka.
“Variety500 is an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry,” Variety said on its website. “Updated annually, the Variety500 reflects the accomplishments of its members over the previous 12 months.”
Topping the list is Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger, who “has a strong track record for taking savvy risks” with big-ticket acquisitions like $4.05 billion for Star Wars owner Lucasfilm in 2012, $4 billion for Marvel in 2009 and $7.4 for Pixar Animation in 2006 paying off handsomely.
Salman, Variety said, has been ruling the Bollywood box office for decades. Of the top 10 grossing films of all time, he has three. “Unlike his contemporaries, every Salman release generates mass hysteria across India, a frenzy surpassed only by the fans of South Indian superstar Rajinikanth,” it wrote.
On Priyanka, Variety said she had envisioned an engineering career but changed direction after winning the 2000 Miss World Pageant.
The superstar duo began filming for Ali Abbas Zafar’s upcoming directorial Bharat just recently. Zafar, who has previously worked with the Dabangg Khan in blockbusters like Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, tweeted on Sunday, “So here we are together again. Bharat begins its shoot today. May God bless us.”
The film is an official adaptation of a 2014 South Korean film Ode To My Father and also stars Dish Patani and Sunil Grover.
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