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Akshay Kumar has just hit the headlines for apparently negotiating a remuneration of around Rs 56 cr for a film which will be produced under the T Series banner and will be directed by Divya Kumar Khosla. If the deal goes through as reported, it will make Akshay Kumar the highest paid in Bollywood. This would not be the first time the actor will move to the top spot. Incidentally Akshay also made it to a Forbes’ list (2015) of highest paid actors in the world, with yearly earnings more than the likes of Johnny Depp.
Here’s a look at the number of times Akshay Kumar has turned heads with his salary per film.
Earlier this year Akshay Kumar turned heads when reports stated that he will be getting a fat cheque of Rs 42 cr for Jolly LLB 2. The reason the figure became talked about is because the budget of the film is said to be around Rs 62 cr.
Right after the release of Singh is King, which marked another superhit in the list of successive hits, Akshay Kumar reportedly worked out a deal with UTV Motion Pictures for a film which could have got him Rs 71 crore. The film unfortunately did not work out. The breakup of the deal as worked out included money from sales of satellite rights, profits from theatrical releases, Punjab distribution rights apart from direct cheque of around Rs 27 crore.
Percept Picture Company had got Akshay Kumar to dub for a character in the Hindi release of Thai animation –film, Jumbo (2008). Flying high due a series of hits, Akshay charged an astounding Rs 9 cr for merely giving his voice to the film. The film, which released alongside Ghajini, was a disaster at the box office.
When the Tamil superhit Thuppakki’s Hindi remake was in pre-production the producers were so certain of getting Akshay Kumar on board for the film that they went ahead and paid the actor a hefty Rs 50 cr as fee for the same.
When Akshay Kumar was offered Airlift he understood the need for the film to be made in a tight budget. The actor hence offered to do the film without any upfront payment. What he however demanded was that he be paid 80% of the film’s profit after the film’s release. This translated to over Rs 50 cr, considering the film made profits of around Rs 65 cr. Airlift has been the biggest hit of the first half of 2016.
When Arnold Schwarzenegger backed out of the sequel of 2010 Tamil blockbuster Enthiran (Robot), the producer were left with little option but to try get a Indian star to get things moving fast. And they did not lose time to get Akshay Kumar to sign his first villainous role, which meant a rather large remuneration. The word is that Akshay agreed to do the film only after the producers came up with an offer he could not refuse – a fee higher than even Rajnikanth himself. The details are still under wraps.
By Noyon Jyoti Parasara
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