Akshay Kumar, who has been delivering back-to-back blockbusters, is on a roll. According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the actor has decided to hike his fee to Rs 54 crore per film, after taking into consideration his recent success at the box office.
A trade source revealed to the newspaper, “Akshay is fond of the number nine. When he was working on Rowdy Rathore, he billed the makers for Rs 27 crore. But that was in 2012. Now, Akshay demands a cool Rs 54 crore and gets it too.”
“Sanjay Leela Bhansali had bankrolled Rowdy Rathore, which was directed by Prabhudheva. And when Akshay shifted the release date of Pad Man last year to get a free run for Padmaavat at the box office, he jokingly asked Bhansali to promise him a sequel. And now that the sequel is happening, the makers realise that they will need to pay him exactly double for it,” the insider added.
Just recently, Forbes released their list of World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2019, and Akshay was the only Indian to feature on the list. The magazine reported that he earned a staggering 65 million USD (around Rs 444 crore) from June 2018-June 2019.
On the work front, Akshay has a number of interesting projects in his kitty, including Jagan Shakti’s Mission Mangal, Farhad Samji’s Housefull 4, Raj Mehta’s Good News, Raghava Lawrence’s Laxmmi Bomb, Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi and Farhad Samji’s Bachchan Pandey.
Akshay will be seen next on the big screen in Mission Mangal, which tells the story of India’s maiden interplanetary mission, the Mars Orbiter Mission. At the trailer launch, the actor said that it is one of the best films in his career spanning almost three decades.
“Mujhe nahi pata hai yeh film hit hogi ya nahi hogi. Lekin itna zaroor jaanta hoon ki we will always be proud of this film. And I’m very, very, very proud of it. Main kareeban 150 filmein kar chuka hoon and but this is one of the best films I have done,” he said.
Mission Mangal, which also features Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen in pivotal roles, will release this Independence Day (August 15).