Want to lower your cholesterol level? Eating THIS diet might help!

A new study has found that eating plant-based vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets can significantly help lower the levels of cholesterol which is known to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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New York: Are you suffering from high cholesterol level? If yes, then start eating vegan diets as it helps in lowering the cholesterol level.

A new study has found that eating plant-based vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets can significantly help lower the levels of cholesterol which is known to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The study showed that long-term adherence to plant-based eating patterns leads to changes in body composition which help in reducing the cholesterol levels.

The reductions were found to be greater compared to omnivorous diets.

The immediate health benefits of a plant-based diet like weight loss, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol are well known.

Susan Levin from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington said, “Our goal is to capture the net risk reduction of using a vegetarian diet to control lipid levels. We hope to empower patients with new research about the long-term cardiovascular health benefits of a vegetarian diet, which include a reduced risk of a heart attack, stroke and premature death.”

Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for the normal functioning of the body.

While high levels of “good” HDL cholesterol are beneficial, too much “bad” LDL cholesterol can lead to heart disease.

Plant-based diet includes vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and whole grains, which are naturally rich in components such as soluble fiber, soy protein and plant sterols, while an omnivorous diet includes both plant and animal foods.

For the study, appearing in the journal Nutrition Reviews, the team conducted a dietary review of 49 observational and controlled studies.

The results revealed that a plant-based vegetarian diet is associated with total cholesterol that’s 29.2 mg/dL lower.

Further, in clinical trials, a plant-based diet lowered total cholesterol by 12.5 mg/dL.

(With IANS inputs)

Jon Favreau teases ‘Avengers 4’ appearance with Gwyneth Paltrow

Actor-filmmaker Jon Favreau and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest to join the epic superhero team-up “Avengers 4”.

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Los Angeles: Actor-filmmaker Jon Favreau and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest to join the epic superhero team-up “Avengers 4”.

The “Iron Man” director reunited with his stars Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr on what seems to be the set of “Avengers 4”, with all three looking to be in costume.

“Infinity Trinity #infinitywar,” Favreau captioned the photo, which was also shared by Downey.

This would be the first “Avengers” appearance for both Favreau and Paltrow. Favreau, who serves as an executive producer on the franchise, portrays Happy Hogan, bodyguard to Tony Stark/Iron Man (Downey), while Paltrow plays Pepper Potts, Stark’s love interest.

Sidharth Malhotra raps swiftly for ‘Bandook Meri Laila’ in new BTS video

Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra recently became a rapper for his upcoming movie ‘A Gentleman’ and made the fans curious as to how the actor would sound singing for the first time.

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New Delhi: Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra recently became a rapper for his upcoming movie ‘A Gentleman’ and made the fans curious as to how the actor would sound singing for the first time.

Yesterday, the makers of the movie unveiled the making of the song and on Wednesday a new video is released, where Sidharth is seen recording the rap in style.

In the video, the ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ star is seen recording for the song and discussing with the music director duo of Sachin-Jigar.

Sidharth shared the video by tweeting, “This rap made the song special for me thanks to @SachinJigarLive #BandookMeriLaila @foxstarhindi @TSeries.”

The actor looked pumped up and totally elated while recording the song.

The composers were totally impressed with Sid’s baritone and had no inhibitions on recording the rap with him.

Earlier, Sachin Sanghavi said it was his idea to get Sidharth to rap because the actor understands the genre of hip hop and raps to a great extent.

He said, “We discussed a lot about music in general in the studio and if given a chance once again we would love to collaborate with him again. He has a baritone voice which is hard to miss. We are very excited with the kind of music we have scored for ‘A Gentleman’. It’s very experimental and diverse and we are touching upon every genre possible.”

Helmed by Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru, ‘A Gentleman’ stars Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead roles.

The film is scheduled to hit the screens on August 25.

Nothing vulgar in ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’, says director RS Prasanna

Director RS Prasanna says he wanted “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, which talks about erectile dysfunction, to steer clear of vulgarity as he did not want the audience to “feel squeamish”.

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Mumbai: Director RS Prasanna says he wanted “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, which talks about erectile dysfunction, to steer clear of vulgarity as he did not want the audience to “feel squeamish”.

Citing examples of films like “Piku” and “Vicky Donor”, which dealt with unusual themes like constipation and sperm donation, Prasanna says he has given a comic flavour to the film to make the topic digestible.

“What’s the fun in talking about erectile dysfunction if I make it vulgar? It’s stupid because the more risky the idea, the more you have to make it digestible. It is extremely critical to the health of the film that it better be funny and sweet,” he told PTI.

The film is a remake of his hit 2013 directorial debut “Kalyana Samayal Saadham”.
The director says when filmmaker Aanand L Rai approached him for the Hindi remake, he didn’t “rush into it” as he didn’t want to mess up with the opportunity.

“As soon as my movie released in Chennai, within 20 days I had an offer in hand to direct a Hindi film. When something happens so fast, you need to take a lot of time to ensure that you don’t goof up that opportunity.”

Starring Tamil actor Prasanna and Lekha Washington, “Kalyana Samayal Saadham” released in 2013.

“Even while writing the film we were aware that this is a universal theme, when the movie released we started getting feelers from a couple of people in Bollywood.
“I was even told that ‘Kalyana…’ is a Bollywood movie in the form of a Tamil film. It was very urban, softer in its rhythm. Back of the mind, we knew if the movie does well, there is a chance we can take it to Bollywood.”Rai got busy with his directorial “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” and Prasanna started a small English film about spirituality. The real work started in 2015 as Prasanna wanted a writer who could do justice to the subject.

“Himanshu Sharma writes exclusively for Aanand L Rai. He has his own rhythm. While he was there to guide, he was working on the Shah Rukh film. So, I needed to find my own Himanshu. I found it in Hitesh (Kewalya). Once he came on board, it was fast.”

It took them six months to change the setting of “Kalyana Samayal Saadham” from Chennai to Delhi-Uttar Pradesh backdrop for “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” and come up with a new, organic script which still retained the core essence of the original.

The film, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, is ready to release on September 1.

Jio Phone booking starts today; know how to register online

Reportedly, security deposit of Rs 1,500 only needs to be paid at hour of picking up the Jio Phone. There is no requirement of paying the entire amount at the booking time.

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New Delhi: The much awaited JioPhone will open for pre-booking on 24 August 2017, 5pm.

This device, that was unveiled at the Reliance Industries AGM on 21st July 2017 is available to customers at an effective price of zero, ie, effectively free. Customers are required to pay a fully refundable, one-time, security deposit of Rs 1,500 against every JioPhone to avoid potential misuse.

The JioPhone will be distributed on a ‘first come first serve’ basis to only those who pre-book starting 24th August, 2017.

Value proposition

  • Voice will always be free on the phone.
  • Jio will give them access to unlimited data on the JioPhone.
  • Jio will provide free voice and unlimited data at only Rs 153 per month.
  • Two weekly plans will be offfered. One for Rs. 53 and other a 2 day plan for Rs 23, that provide similar value.

How to book Jio Phone offline?

  • Visit the authorized Jio retailer (either an authorized store or a Reliance Jio outlet).
  • By using Aadhaar, one person will be allowed to get only one unit across the country (one Jio Phone per Aadhaar number).
  • After providing your Aadhaar details, your information will be uploaded into the centralized software which will assign you a token number.
  • This number will be required at the time of phone delivery.

How to book Free Jio Phone online?

Online pre-registration commencement: 24 August, 2017

Delivery: September 2017

Steps:

  • Visit official website of the phone jio.com or jiofreephone.org.
  • As the online registration starts, Image/Button will be displayed on homepage.
  • Click on to JIO Free Mobile Phone Registration/ Pre Booking Button.
  • Fill up your credentials and other required information such as contact number, address and others.
  • Enter the shipping address for delivery.
  • Pay the security deposit of Rs 1,500 via debit/credit card or opt for net banking.
  • The Jio Phone will be booked. The delivery will be made on ‘First Come First Serve’ basis.

Other details

The Jio Phone was announced at 40th AGM meeting of Reliance Industries on July 21. You will not be required to pay security amount at the time of submission of the Aadhaar number. The payment will have to be made only when you will receive the unit from the offline retailer. As mentioned earlier, the amount is refundable after 36 months of using the handset.

The online booking from August 24 can be made via MyJio app.

HP Inc unveils ”OMEN X” gaming laptop

The laptop will be available at a starting price of $2,299 on HP.com from November.

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London: HP Inc on Wednesday unveiled gaming laptop `OMEN X` which supports factory-overclocked graphics cards upto `NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080`.

The laptop will be available at a starting price of $2,299 on HP.com from November.

“With the release of the `OMEN X` laptop, HP is bringing key innovations to performance, industrial design and customisability that were once only possible on a desktop, to give gamers a competitive edge,” said Kevin Frost, Vice-President, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc, in a statement.

The laptop comes with 17-inch 4K display for high-resolution gaming and 1TB HDD for storage. `OMEN X` features Intel Core-i7 CPU and `XMP` options for memory overclocking with tested profiles up to `DDR4-2800`.

The device is optimised for Virtual Reality (VR) and sports a RGB LED-backlit keyboard.

The device has dual audio-jack with separate microphone input and headset jacks.

Jurgen Klopp hopes Champions League Group Stage gives transfer boost

Klopp has only managed to bring in Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke in the transfer window so far and he suggested that number might increase now Liverpool are back among the elite.

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England: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp voiced hope that guiding his team back into the Champions League will strengthen his hand in transfer talks over the last week of the trading window.

Liverpool secured a place in the group stage for only the second time since 2010 after a 4-2 home win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday completed a 6-3 aggregate victory in the play-off round.

Klopp has only managed to bring in Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Dominic Solanke in the transfer window so far and he suggested that number might increase now Liverpool are back among the elite.

“It`s a big influence on the transfer market, especially if you do it more often,” Klopp told reporters at Anfield.

“If you talk to a player, especially the players we talk to — because we don`t talk to players that are not better than our players — they say, `If you played in the Champions League, it would be really interesting because the club is great, the manager`s not too bad` — all this stuff.

“Or even when you try to extend a contract with a player in the squad. They say, `Yeah, I want to play Champions League.`

“I always think, `WTF? It`s your job to do it with us together! Don`t ask for us to do the job so you can play Champions League. Do it with us together.`

“And that`s what this team did. That`s why I`m so happy about it. Fourteen months` hard work. And we did it. Nice.”

Appointed in October 2015, Klopp was unable to steer Liverpool into the Champions League in his first season as they finished eighth in the Premier League, but a fourth-place finish last term opened the door to a return.

They will discover their group-stage opponents in Thursday`s draw in Monaco and Klopp could not contain his excitement at the thought of the Champions League music booming out over Anfield again.

“It`s so exciting to be part of it,” said the German, who led former club Borussia Dortmund to the competition final in 2013.

“For me personally, it`s two or three years ago (since his last involvement). I loved it always.

“I still love it, the players love it, the crowd loves it. We will have a few fantastic European nights at Anfield. So all good in the moment and nothing to moan about.”Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Liverpool flew out of the blocks, scoring three times in the opening 21 minutes through an Emre Can brace and a Salah effort.

“The start of the game was like a thunderstorm,” Klopp said.

Klopp hailed Can for overcoming the effects of illness to play and reserved special praise for Roberto Firmino, who created Can`s second goal and scored Liverpool`s fourth against his former club.

“Roberto Firmino!” Klopp exclaimed in his post-match press conference. “What a game he had today.”

Klopp said he had “nothing to say” about Philippe Coutinho, who continues to be courted by Barcelona and was absent against Hoffenheim due to illness and a back problem. Liverpool insist he will not be sold.

Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, who is only 30, delivered a critical assessment of his team`s display, saying they had played like “headless chickens”.

Hoffenheim are playing in Europe for the first time in their history and will now drop into the Europa League.

“This is a disappointment that will last for a bit, of course,” said Nagelsmann, whose side scored through substitute Mark Uth and Sandro Wagner.

“We need to develop and be better than we played today. It doesn`t help thinking about a past game. You can`t change anything now.

“We should use the Europa League as an opportunity to become more mature, to develop and hopefully we`ll meet teams that will help us to do that.

“We`re going to tackle the Europa League and we look forward to competing on an international level.”

India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Preview: Virat Kohli and Co look to continue winning run

It will be interesting if Kohli shuffles his batting order a bit to give a KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav, some batting time considering the inept Sri Lankan bowling which has failed to get the ‘Men In Blue’ out.

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Pallekele: India will once again be expected to be at their ruthless best when they take on a Sri Lanka, which has hit nadir in both form and confidence, in the second one day international, here tomorrow.

After a lop-sided 3-0 Test series victory, the script did not change much in the opening ODI, where India steamrolled the opposition by nine wickets.

Such has been Sri Lanka’s performance that supporters stopped the team bus demanding answers for a shoddy show. Chief coach Nic Pothas pointed out in no uncertain terms that all is not well within the team, indirectly pointing fingers at the interference from team manager Asanka Gurusinha.

Like it has happened during the past few months, Shikhar Dhawan pummelled the Lankan bowlers into submission with an unbeaten 132.

For skipper Virat Kohli, it was business as usual with an unbeaten 82.

As such, it is tough to foresee any changes to the Indian playing XI. Only one out of five games has been played yet, and even in West Indies, Kohli resisted the urge to chop and change too much.

It is a similar scenario here as well. At Dambulla, India didn’t prefer to go in with either two leg-spinners or two left-arm spinners, thus forming the Chahal-Patel’s orthodox leg break-left arm spin combination.

Additionally, the ODI wickets in Sri Lanka do not afford the luxury of playing three spinners. Thus, unless the Pallekele wicket is exceptionally dry, Kuldeep Yadav can expect to be left out once again, along with Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur.

It will be interesting if Kohli shuffles his batting order a bit to give a KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav, some batting time considering the inept Sri Lankan bowling which has failed to get the ‘Men In Blue’ out.

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There has been questions raised about Sri Lanka’s team selection policies.

Test skipper, and one of Sri Lanka’s most attacking batsmen Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the playing XI as ODI captain Upul Tharanga ? generally an opener ? came out to bat at No 4, where Chandimal bats.

This has set tongues wagging that all is not well in the Sri Lankan dressing room and that the coach and captain are being over-ridden by others. Pothas openly questioned the decision of leaving out Chandimal in the post-match conference.

When asked about the influence of team manager Gurusinha and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, he came up with the classic “too many cooks” quote.

However, it doesn’t take spotlight away from the simple fact that Sri Lanka once again failed to provide adequate challenge for the Indian team.

If the Test series was evidence of the gap between the Nos 1 and 7 ranked teams, then on evidence of the Dambulla game alone, the ICC ODI rankings of India and Sri Lanka ? Nos 3 and 8 respectively ? are justified too.

This series too has all the makings of another one-sided contest and is not making for a good spectacle for the home fans, who clearly let their displeasure known during the first One Day International.

Sri Lanka need to win two ODIs in this series to make sure that West Indies do not overhaul them in the ODI ranking and gain automatic qualification for the 2019 ODI World Cup before the September 30 deadline.

The hosts need more responsibility and stability in their batting ranks, and could look to bring back Chandimal, if only to quieten down the heated atmosphere surrounding the team?s dismal performances recently.

It is tough to see who will be left out though as the top-order did well enough to put the Indian attack under pressure, until atleast the 28th over when Lanka were placed at 150/3, thanks to the exploits of Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis.

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They had resisted the Indian pace attack as well as one half of their spin duo to lay the foundation of a decent- enough target, only to be let down by the lower order.

In keeping with the coach’s words, some responsibility lies with the trio as well, for one of them was expected to hold one end together and go on to play a big innings.

This lack of in-game maturity, and experience as a whole, is what sets them apart from the Indian top-order at present.

While Lanka will once again be struggling with these questions of overcoming self-doubt, the Indian camp will be wondering if they will be challenged at all during this tour.

The Test series proved to be a cakewalk, and in that light, the selectors? call to rest senior bowlers and experiment with younger blood has been justified.

Whether the hosts step up or not, this is vital game time for the likes of Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, with the Men in Blue already stepping up their preparations for the next World Cup.

Teams:

They had resisted the Indian pace attack as well as one half of their spin duo to lay the foundation of a decent- enough target, only to be let down by the lower order.

In keeping with the coach’s words, some responsibility lies with the trio as well, for one of them was expected to hold one end together and go on to play a big innings.

This lack of in-game maturity, and experience as a whole, is what sets them apart from the Indian top-order at present.

While Lanka will once again be struggling with these questions of overcoming self-doubt, the Indian camp will be wondering if they will be challenged at all during this tour.

The Test series proved to be a cakewalk, and in that light, the selectors? call to rest senior bowlers and experiment with younger blood has been justified.

Whether the hosts step up or not, this is vital game time for the likes of Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, with the Men in Blue already stepping up their preparations for the next World Cup.

Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

Match starts at: 2.30pm IST.

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Malinda Pushpakumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando.

Match starts at: 2.30pm IST.

 

Statins may help fight host of infectious diseases

Scientists from Duke University in the US have discovered that a gene variant which affects cholesterol levels could increase the risk of contracting typhoid fever.

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Washington: Statins, used to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke, may also provide protection against a host of infectious diseases, including typhoid fever, chlamydia and malaria, a study claims.

Scientists from Duke University in the US have discovered that a gene variant which affects cholesterol levels could increase the risk of contracting typhoid fever.

They also showed that a common cholesterol-lowering drug (ezetimibe or Zetia) could protect zebrafish against Salmonella Typhi, the culprit behind the nasty infection.

The findings, which appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, give insight into the mechanisms that govern human susceptibility to infectious disease.

They also point to possible avenues to protect those who are most vulnerable to pathogens – like the Salmonella bacteria – that hijack cholesterol to infect host cells.

“We need to try this approach in different model organisms, such as mice, and likely with different pathogens, before we can consider taking this into the clinic,” said Dennis C Ko, assistant professor at Duke University School of Medicine.

“What is so exciting is that our study provides a blueprint for combining different techniques for understanding why some people are more susceptible to disease than others, and what can be done about it,” Ko said.

Ko and his team used hundreds of cell lines from healthy human volunteers and exposed them to the exact dose of Salmonella Typhi, which had been tagged with a green fluorescent marker.

They then looked for genetic differences that distinguished cells that had higher rates of bacterial invasion from those that did not.

The researchers found that a single nucleotide of DNA in a gene called VAC14 was associated with the level of bacterial invasion in cells.

When they knocked out the gene, the cells were invaded more readily and more of the cells glowed brightly with green bacteria.

They also unexpectedly found that those more susceptible cells had higher levels of cholesterol, an essential component of cell membranes that Salmonella binds to invade host cells.

Researchers tested DNA from subjects in a group of 1,000 Vietnamese people, half of whom had typhoid fever and half did not.

They found that the VAC14 gene variant was associated with a moderately elevated risk of typhoid fever.

“Discovering the mechanism was important because plenty of people are on cholesterol-lowering drugs, especially statins for high cholesterol,” said Ko.

“We wondered if similar drugs could be given to reduce the risk of Salmonella infection,” he said. Monica Alvarez, a graduate student in Ko’s lab and lead author on the study, added a cholesterol-lowering drug (ezetimibe or Zetia) to their water and then injected the fish with Salmonella Typhi.

She found that the treated animals were more likely to clear the bacteria out of their system and survive.

Forbes magazine list 2017: Mark Wahlberg named world’s highest-paid actor

Wahlberg, 46, earned an estimated $68 million in 2017 thanks to his pay days for movies ‘Daddy`s Home 2’ and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’.

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Los Angeles: Mark Wahlberg soared to the top of the world`s highest paid actors on an annual Forbes magazine list that highlighted a huge disparity between male and female Hollywood stars.

Wahlberg, 46, earned an estimated $68 million in 2017 thanks to his pay days for movies ‘Daddy`s Home 2’ and ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’, according to the Forbes ranking released on Tuesday.

The rapper-turned-actor knocked 2016 leader Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson into second place, with estimated 2017 earnings of $65 million.

Forbes estimates earnings, before taxes and management fees, from movies, TV and commercial endorsements.

The Forbes list again highlighted Hollywood`s gender pay gap. Last week, the magazine named ‘La La Land’ Oscar winner Emma Stone as the world`s highest paid actress with an estimated 2017 take of $26 million.

Forbes said the 10 highest-paid leading men earned a combined $488.5 million before tax in its June 2016-June 2017 scoring period, nearly three times more than the $172.5 million earned by the top 10 scoring women.

Forbes attributed the disparity to the prevalence of superhero and action blockbusters that earn big at the box office for Hollywood studios but tend to have fewer leading roles for women.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Johnny Depp, who for years has been among the top five paid actors, did not make the top 20 this year, Forbes said. Depp is currently embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with his former business managers who have detailed what they describe as his lavish spending habits.

Last December, before the May 2017 release of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean; Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ Forbes named Depp the most overpaid actor for a second straight year as films such as ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ and ‘Mortdecai’ did not fare well.

Three of Bollywood`s biggest stars – Shah Rukh Khan ($38 million), Salman Khan ($37 million) and Akshay Kumar ($35.5 million) – took the 8th, 9th and 10th places on the Forbes list, respectively.