The first Bollywood actor I'd like to introduce you to is ShahRuk Kahn, who has been on the canvas since the late 80's. In the 5th of January 2009 issue of Newsweek he was named one of the 50 most powerful people in the world, topping even Oprah on the list. In reading through the Newsweek list the names Pitt, Clooney, etc. were nowhere to be found.
He is one of Bollywood's most bankable stars. He seems to have the Midas touch, so much so that he seems to cross the threshold of the long-standing feud between India and Pakistan. Pakistani patrons apparently yearn for his banned films, available only on the black market.
He's no stranger to controversy. Late last summer while traveling to the USA Khan was detained at Newark Airport. His detention sparked protest in the streets of India because it is widely believed that he was profiled because he is of the Muslim faith.
More recently he's been the object of scrutiny when the ShivSena called for Indians to boycott his new film My Name is Khan. (All this because he supports Pakistani cricketers playing in India.) People have been ripping down posters for the film, which is being release worldwide on the 12th of February 2o10. The much anticipated film is being distributed by Foxsearchlight, the same company that distributed the blockbuster Slumdogmillionaire.
In this CNN-TalkAsia interview he discuss his life and success in Bollywood: