The fees charged by actors Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are in the news with a report claiming that Shah Rukh’s fees for his upcoming film Pathan are higher than those of his film Katpatali. For less than half of Akshay’s rumored fee. This comparison has shocked and amused Katpatali producer Jackie Bhagnani.
According to the report, Shah Rukh has received a fee of approx. ₹35-40 crore, with a profit-sharing deal, adding that the fee was for Akshay’s thriller. ₹120 crore, which was 80 percent of the film’s budget. Katpatali was released on a streaming platform last year.
Reacting to these claims, Bhagnani says, “Anyone who calculates and reports actors’ fees like this is doing the wrong calculations to begin with”.
Referring to the trend of profit-sharing deals by actors in the industry, Bhagnani added, “Every top actor in the industry now has a share in the profits of the films.”
Nowadays, actors receive a share, often 50% to 80%, of the film’s profits, in addition to a flat up-front fee.
The producer continues, “Their gross fee is at stake and how much the film earns at the box office. That’s the way it works, whether it’s SRK or Akshay Kumar or Salman Khan or the biggest stars. A Comparing an actor’s base fee to another actor’s gross profit is like comparing apples to oranges.
While Bhagnani doesn’t go into details about Kumar’s fee structure, he says his long association with the actor is indicative of his “fair” salary demands.
“I can’t comment on anyone else specifically but I am doing my fourth film with Akshay sir as a producer and I think he is fairest when it comes to charging his fees,” he said. He finishes.
(Tags translation) Jackie Bhagnani