Plus: Government presents Padma Shri awards; and Jimmy Shergill shouts out for Punjabi cinema.
Shah Rukh Khan tops Indian celebrity power list
The Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has topped the first Forbes India Celebrity 100, with annual estimated earnings last year of US$37.7 million (Dh132.5m). In the list - a ranking of the country's biggest entertainers based on income and popularity - fellow actor Salman Khan came in second with estimated earnings of $30m (Dh110.2m). In third place was India's cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with $25m (Dh91.8m). "Both Salman Khan and Dhoni are ahead of SRK in terms of popularity and fame," the magazine said, "But 'King Khan' came out top courtesy of his earning power." * AP
Government bestows Padma Shri awards on movie stars
Stars from the world of entertainment have been honoured with Padma Shri awards. The awards are handed out by the Indian government every year to civilians of note to mark the country's Republic Day. Among this year's winners were Sridevi, the actress who has worked in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam films, and recently made a comeback with the blockbuster English Vinglish. The veteran actor Nana Patekar, best known for his roles in Salaam Bombay! and Parinda, was also on the list, as was the Telugu director Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana, commonly known as Bapu in the industry. * The National staff
Jimmy Shergill hopes for popular surge for Punjabi film industry
The actor Jimmy Shergill, who has starred in both Bollywood and Punjabi films, is hoping for a surge in popularity for Punjabi cinema. "Punjabi cinema should be even bigger because we have Punjabis all across the world. I think regional languages have been doing well but Punjabi films have now started getting a decent opening," said the 42-year-old. "But I still feel it is the tip of the iceberg. I still feel there is a lot of audience out there who don't watch our Punjabi films even though they are Punjabi." The actor, who has starred in Punjabi films such as Mel Karade Rabba and Dharti, will soon hit the screens again in Rangeelay, which features him and Neha Dhupia in the lead roles. * IANS