Thursday, November 6, 2014

Its Official Shah Rukh Khan Is The Real ‘King Of Bollywood!

After Shah Rukh Khan’s latest release HAPPY NEW YEAR breaking all box office records, the India's most valued celebrity brands list released by US consultancy firm American Appraisal, too has labeled Shah Ruk Khan as the biggest celebrity in India. Thus it’s official that Shah Rukh Khan is the real superstar. 

The list places Shah Rukh Khan at the top with US $164.9 million, while the two other Khans are left far behind. In fact they do not even figure in the top three lists. Aamir Khan is at fifth position with US $ 54.9 million and Salman Khan is at sixth position with US $ 51.8 million. What’s more the star millennium, Amitabh Bachchan is placed 13th in the list with net worth US $ 28.4 million.

Interestingly while both Aamir Khan and Salman Khan are at par with Shah Rukh Khan in the box office race of Rs 100 crore clubs, but when it comes to the Brand war both Aamir Khan and Salman Khan fail to reach the US $ 100 million mark!

According to the American Appraisal list the Bollywood star who has come close to the King Khan is Ranbir Kapoor, who has emerged winner with more than $100-million valuation in the first ever celebrity brand valuation study in India by American Appraisal. Ranbir Kapoor is worth US $ 129.4 million 

Interestingly, cricketers MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are placed at third and fourth position with worth more than the other two Bollywood favourites - Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.

In the female category Deepika Padukone with $44.4 million is most preferred brand endorser in country. The number two actress is Katrina Kaif with $33.5 million and Kareena Kapoor with $33.2 million at third position. 

It may be noted the list is based on the celebrities reputation, credibility and ability to generate income from endorsements, as well as the adjusted average annual endorsement revenue they earned after deducting relevant costs including taxes.

Ketan Mehta’s Movie RANG RASIYA In Trouble Yet Again!

Indira Devi Kunjama, granddaughter of legendary 19th century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma has sought ban against Ketan Mehta’s movie RANG RASIYA, alleging the film portrays her grandfather in bad light as a colourful playboy and a womanizer! 

Protesting against the movie for ruining the prestige of her renowned painter grandfather as ‘Erotic’, Ms Kunjama filled a PIL seeking a ban on the film in the Kerala High Court.

Watch Rang Rasiya Movie Trailer

Ms. Kunjama, who resides in Kerala claims the movie maligns the character of great Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma. She further lambasted the film director Ketan Mehta for character assassination of her grandfather, the great Raja Ravi Verma. 

Reacting to her application the Kerala court has stayed the release of the film which was due to hit theatres on Friday. 

Rang Rasiya Movie Gallery

Meanwhile filmmaker Ketan Mehta reacting to appeal said, “Raja Ravi Varma is a national icon and I truly admire him as a greatest artist.” He added, “The movie is my tribute to him. The man stood and fought for Freedom of Expression. I am saddened that his own descendants are objecting to what their own grandfather stood and fought for i.e. The right to the freedom of expression."

It may be noted that Raja Ravi Varma was not just the father of modern Indian art, but also India's most priced artist whose paintings would sell for as high as 30 crores. He not just gave faces to the Gods of India, but also had the vision to own his own printing press, so that he could distribute prints of his paintings to millions of ordinary Indians.