Even superstars like Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir Khan have a reasonable take-home
The rumour mill has been abuzz that in YRF’s Thug, Hrithik Roshan is replaced by Aamir Khan. While everyone is wondering why HR has been ousted from director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s film, a source on the condition of anonymity revealed to a popular daily, “Hrithik asked YRF for a hefty fee of Rs 60 crore for Thug, which Aditya Chopra felt was too high. They tried to negotiate but when they couldn’t reach an understanding, they decided to part ways.”
The source added, “Even superstars like Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir Khan have a reasonable take-home. They are bankable stars and still charge into a profit-sharing agreement with production houses. Hrithik didn’t want that. He wanted a flat fee of Rs 60 crore and that was outright rejected by Adi. Profit sharing also means that the actor might not make major moolah if his film fails to work at the BO. So it’s risky, which is why Hrithik perhaps wanted a flat fee, which is safe.”
Being an adventure saga, Thug is touted to be an expensive film. Add to it, Hrithik’s Rs 60 crore demand and the film would have had to make over Rs 250 crore to break even. Hence, with AK accepting Thug on a profit-sharing basis, the film will not be loaded with extra cost.
As they say, one man’s loss is another man’s gain…