Salman’s producers to now get only 15-20 crore?
The actor has come up with a new diktat – The producers of his films will now get a fixed remuneration like the rest, while Khan will get to keep the profits
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 3, 2012)
Salman Khan, after back-to-back blockbusters Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard and Ek Tha Tiger, has somewhat become synonymous to ‘success’ as far as the box office is concerned. Needless to say, producers are ready to put up with the actors reported set of ‘rules and regulations’ – be it regarding the music directors, shoot schedule, time of reporting and also the heroine’s costume.
And Mirror has learnt that Salman has added yet another rule to his ever expanding list. The actor has adopted a new business model wherein, the producers will receive a fixed remuneration amount (much like the cast and crew). This may vary from Rs 15-20 crore. And after paying for the production costs, Salman will get to keep the remaining amount to himself. According to sources, this new rule has been decided upon in the last week of September.
Justifying Salman’s new stance, a source told Mirror, “Though many may think that Salman’s decision smells of over-confidence, the new rule makes a lot of sense. One needs to understand, that by agreeing to pay the production costs and a fixed amount to the producers, Salman is taking a huge risk. In case a film fails to generate expected returns, he will lose alot of money.”
However, according to insiders, producers working with Salman in the near future may feel the pinch. “Over the last couple of years, Salman’s films at an average made around Rs 140-150 crore. And with this new rule, the producer will stand to get only Rs 15-20 crore apart from the production costs. A big amount that would have earlier gone to the producers would now be taken by Salman,” said the source.
When contacted, trade analyst Amod Mehra said that he was aware of Salman’s new business model. “If I am not mistaken, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and even Akshay Kumar have adopted this model earlier. Then why not Salman?”
Trade expert Taran Adarsh said, “Salman deserves this. Just by agreeing to do a film for any producer, he is doing a big favour.”
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