Here Is How Much Top Bollywood Stars Got Paid As Their First Salary!

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Updated on 29 Nov, 2018 at 6:34 pm

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Bollywood stars enjoy a huge fan following across the vast spectrum of Indian society. And apart from the love of their fans, they also earn huge amount of money with every film.

Yes! Bollywood celebrities are among the top earners of the country. But just like their films, their earnings have also come a long way from peanuts to huge paychecks. Have you ever wondered how much these celebs who now take home crores of Rupees for every film earned as their first salary? Read along to know!

1. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan. Koimoi

Fondly called as Big-B of Hindi film industry, Amitabh started his career as an executive in a shipping company named Bird and Co. His first job paid him Rs 500 every month, while he now earns close to Rs 200 crore annually and charges Rs 4 to 5 crore per film.

2. Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan. MensXP


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The King Khan of Bollywood is a heartthrob of millions. Now one of the top earners of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan has struggled through tough times to be where he is today. Surprisingly, the actor earned Rs 50 as his first salary for selling tickets in theaters.

3. Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor. India

Sonam Kapoor is a star-kid and so it might appear to every one that she was born with silver spoon in her mouth but the reality is quite different. Now an established actress who charges close to Rs 2 crore for every film, Sonam started off her career as an assistant director and was paid Rs 3000 every month as salary.

4. Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin. Tribune

As a student in London, Kalki used to wait tables at a restaurant to help herself financially. As her first salary, she was paid a mere sum of 40 pounds, the value of which comes close to Rs 3500. As soon as she got her first pay, she instantly used it to pay off her rent.

5. Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan. TheIndianExpress



Before Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan introduced the world of cinema to him, he had already done a film ‘Aasha’ as a child artist. The actor who now charges nothing less than Rs 30 crore per film earned Rs 100 for his Bollywood debut as a child artist.

6. Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra. TheIndianExpress

When Priyanka received her first paycheck, little would she have known that she would be an international celebrity some day and one of the highest paid actors of the industry! And after all that she has achieved, can you guess what she earned as her first salary? A cheque of Rs 5000 which is still treasured by her mother!

7. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar. IndiaToday

A few years ago, Akshay Kumar was declared as the highest tax payer of Bollywood. And no doubt, he is also one of the most successful actors of Indian entertainment industry. But he started his journey as a chef and waiter at a restaurant in Bangkok that paid him only Rs 1500 as first salary!

8. Dharmendra

Dharmendra. IndiaTV

Dharmendra, one of the most iconic stars of Bollywood, made his debut with ‘Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere’ for which he was paid just Rs 51!

9. Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan. Daily-Sun

An internationally acclaimed actor, Irrfan Khan has following not only in Bollywood but Hollywood as well. During the initial days of his career, he worked as a tuition teacher and earned Rs 25 per student.

10. Aamir Khan


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The “perfectionist” of Bollywood, Aamir worked as assistant director during the starting of his career and was paid Rs 1000 for his first assignment.


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