- Akshay Kumar's Singh is Kinng has made a record-breaking Rs 29 crore (net) in its first weekend, overtaking Om Shanti Om's Rs 26 crore
- His six superhits in the last two years (among them Namastey London, Heyy Babyy) have made over Rs 600 crore gross
- His appeal has spread from the masses to the "classes", from mofussil towns to metro multiplexes all the way to the NRI crowds
- His five new films, including the much-awaited Chandni Chowk to China, have a combined investment of Rs 350 crore
***Till yesterday you could have called Akshay Kumar Bollywood's Contender No. 1 or the King in Making. Ok, with earnings in several crores, he'd consistently figured among the country's top taxpayers, had shopped for a grand Portuguese heritage bungalow on Goa's Anjuna beach, and gained a huge and steadfastly loyal fan base as well. But few were willing to put him in the same league as the other...