Some of Bollywood’s most popular actors are not just charismatic and gifted screen stars; they are also savvy entrepreneurs. These stars understand that their stardom is fleeting: For no apparent reason, celebrities can become irrelevant overnight.
In order to capitalize on the wealth and status they’ve already achieved, some actors have become entrepreneurial by starting media businesses, production companies, and brands. Others have learned to capitalize on their fame by becoming the face of other brands or investing in other companies.
As a result of their savvy business decisions, these actors have been able to exercise more creative control over their projects and earn greater returns for their contributions.
1- Bobby Deol
Bobby Deol has invested in a restaurant called ‘Someplace Else’ way back in 2006. This place has an amazing interior and lip-smacking Indo-Chinese cuisine. He also owns another place known as Suhana for exclusive Indian cuisine and Zion for exclusive Chinese fare.
2- Arjun Rampal
He is the owner of one of the premium discotheques in Delhi called ‘Lap – The Lounge’. Spread over 17,000 sq. ft., the sprawling lounge-bar-restaurant boasts of creamy crowd. He also runs an event management firm called ‘Chasing Ganesha’.
3- Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna started a candle company and followed it up with an interior designing firm called ‘The White Window’ in Mumbai. Apart from this Twinkle is also a noted newspaper columnist an author also. She is also a film producer and has produced almost six films under Grazing Goat Pictures. She has recently set up her separate production house.
4- Suniel Shetty
Besides being an action star, Suniel Shetty is also a film producer and entrepreneur. Smart and shrewd operator Suniel Shetty first ventured into the business of fitness and opened many gyms across India. Suniel Shetty also owns a film production house called Popcorn Entertainment.
Suniel is also the owner of Mischief, a chain of boutiques spread across the entire length and breadth of Mumbai. Not just that, the actor also runs a several restaurants specializing in Udupi cuisine in the city. He has even ventured into designing and development of luxury real estate projects through his company S2 Reality. Suniel is a television presenter also. He is also said to have a 50 percent stake in Hakim Aalim’s salons.
5- Sushmita Sen
The Bengali beauty is an efficient businesswoman now, along with being a great actor and single mom to two daughters. She has set up a production company which goes by the name of Tantra Entertainment and owns a jewelry retail store in Dubai, which is managed by her mother. The actress also has plans to open a chain of hotels and spas under her company Sensazione. Sushmita was also heading the Miss Universe franchise ‘I Am She’ which was recently taken over by Femina.
6- Lara Dutta
She has her own production company called Bheegi Basanti. She has also launched her sari collection in collaboration with Chabbra 555. She also has a fitness DVD to her credit. These are enough sources to make a hell lot of money.
7- Dino Morea
Dino Morea’s restaurant cum bar Crepe Station has branches all across the country which serves European delicacies. His retail line called Cool Mall Merchandise was launched by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The next time you are in Mumbai, gorge on some waffles, pancakes and don’t forget the eggs Benedict at the Crepe Station!
8- Chunky Pandey
Chunky Pandey is the owner of a pub called ‘The Elbo Room’ which will give you a British pub feel. It offers a lavish and sophisticated oriental cuisine and amazing cocktails.