How much do Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar charge for a film?
Mumbai, 22 January 2023 (News Helpline): The remuneration of A-listed stars in the Indian film industry has been speculated from the word get-go, some believe that stars charge the moon, and some believe it is well beyond that. Nowadays Shahrukh Khan’s pay-off for Pathaan and Akshay Kumar’s salary for Cuttputlli is making headlines for its comparison. Still, young and dynamic Jackky Bhagnani is amused beyond disbelief and calls it a misinformed calculation.
News is viral that Shah Rukh Khan charges a whopping 40 crore per film and some profit sharing. While Akshay Kumar’s pay is astronomical, he doesn’t believe in profit sharing but takes a straight pay for the film, which happens to be 120 crores for Cuttputli, which is roughly 80% of the entire film’s budget.
Actor and producer Jackky Bhagnani, who produced Cuttputlli, cleared the misconception about the fee-comparison trend, and said, “Whoever calculates and reports actors’ fees this way is doing a misinformed calculation, to begin with. Every top actor in the industry now has a stake in the films’ profit”.
Further adding, Jackky said, “Their overall fee is a function of that stake and how much the film earns at the box office. This is the way it works, whether for SRK or Akshay Kumar or Salman Khan or most leading stars. To compare one actor’s base fee with another actor’s overall profit earning is like comparing apples with oranges”
Jackky also affirms that Akshay Kumar is “fair” when it comes to the fee structure and that is why he is collaborating with him for the fourth time.
“I can’t specifically comment on anyone else, but I am doing my fourth film as a producer with Akshay Sir, and I find him most fair when it comes to charging his fees,” said Jackky.