Salman Khan, Bollywood superstar, found guilty in fatal hit-and-run case

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150506143113-salman-khan-large-169Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, one of India’s most bankable stars, was sentenced to five years in prison for running over several men sleeping on a Mumbai pavement, and killing one of them.

If his sentence is upheld, Khan’s absence could cost the Indian film industry more than $31 million, trade analysts say.

The 49-year-old Khan’s stature in Bollywood can’t be overstated. He is Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and George Clooney rolled into one — oozing sex appeal and machismo in the more than 80 movies he’s starred in.

In its list of the best looking man in the world, People Magazine once placed him at no. 7. He has a rabid fan base (with 11 million Twitter followers), and has enjoyed an unheard-of two-decade reign at the top.