After a string of Rs1 billion (Dh6.7 million) grossing films including ‘Dabangg’, ‘Ready’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, Salman Khan has emerged as the highest taxpayer from the tinsel town for the September quarter.
Khan, 46, trumped all his peers and rivals from Bollywood by paying Rs80 million in advance tax as compared to the Rs50 million in the same period a year ago, an income tax official said.
Khan was last seen in romantic-action-thriller ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, which has clocked approximately Rs1.9 billion at the box office.
The film’s female lead and Salman’s speculated former lady love in real life, Katrina Kaif, paid Rs26 million compared to the year ago period’s Rs17 million.
Khan’s rival Shah Rukh Khan, who has not had any big release this year as yet, had his tax outgo flat at Rs50 million, the official said.
Among the other Khans, Aamir’s fortunes seem to have been hurt by his mega reality show Satyamev Jayate, as he paid only Rs32 million this September versus last year’s Rs 45 million.
Saif Ali Khan, whose films ‘Agent Vinod’ and ‘Cocktail’ had varying responses at the box office, paid a tax of Rs30 million compared to Rs17 million in the year ago period, the official said.
Kareena Kapoor, who is looking forward to the release of the film ‘Heroine’, has paid an advance tax of Rs22 million compared to Rs15 million she did in the same period last year.
Akshay Kumar, another big name in Bollywood, paid Rs75 million advance tax in comparison to Rs50 million he had paid last year during the same period.